Making life better by water
Find out how our expert teams work together to make life better by water
Work for us
We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Summer safety by the water
As the weather is warming up we want everyone to enjoy our canals in the safest possible way
As the weather is warming up we want everyone to be able to enjoy our canals and rivers in the safest possible way
Stoppages and notices
We're continually carrying out work to improve our canals and rivers. Find out if we're working along your route before you set off on a boat trip
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
Help us to bring wellbeing opportunities to millions of people across England and Wales. Find your ideal volunteer role here.
18 August 2018
Carthagena Lock, River Lee, Broxbourne
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join us on Saturday 19th August between 10am and 3.30pm at Carthagena Lock for an enjoyable days work on the beautiful River Lee. We’ll be continuing our work to repair the towpath on this stretch and giving the area a tidy up to make the towpath a more welcoming place for visitors. All tools and equipment...
25 June 2018
Administration and support, Leadership and management, Practical, Working with visitors
Your role will be to work closely with Canal & River Trust staff to lead and support volunteers aged 16 to 25 in the use of the Desmond Family Canoe Trail, to design and deliver an activity programme based on the needs of the local community, promote the canal, trail and towpath as a way of connecting...
19 August 2018 Recurring
Peak Forest canal, SK6 5ET
Marketing and promotion, Outdoors, Practical
Local community group carrying towpath improvements, vegetation work and planting between Woodley and Romiley on the Lower peak Forest canal
Administration, Customer service, Practical
22 August 2018
Lea Bridge, River Lee, Hackney
Join us on Wednesday 22 August between 10am and 3.30pm at Lea Rowing Club by Springfield Park for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful River Lee. We’ll be improving the towpath in this popular area, cutting back overgrown vegetation, removing fly tipping and carrying out a walking litter pick....
18 June 2018
4 June 2018 to 28 March 2019
Closing Date: 31 March 2019
Staffs & Worcester canal
Customer service, Marketing and promotions, Outdoors, Regularly
Towpath Rangers are the eyes and ears of the local waterway, a friendly face who is happy engaging with towpath visitors including boaters, walkers and cyclists.
1 June 2018 to 30 September 2018
Newark Town Lock, River Trent, Newark
Marketing and promotion, Working with visitors
3 May 2018
Closing Date: 31 July 2018
Gloucester Docks, Gloucester & Sharpness canal, Gloucestershire
Administration and support, Leadership and management, Working with visitors
This role is to coordinate existing and new volunteers as visitor guides at the museum and events.
Stoke Bruerne, Grand Union Canal, Northampton
We are looking for enthusiastic and committed individuals to assist in the recruitment, induction and development of volunteers who will carry out interpretation on the narrowboat Sculptor. Working with staff in developing talks, activities and other forms of interpretation while the vessel is moored...