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
Winter open days
Our open days offer a different perspective of our waterways, a behind-the-scenes look at the great work we do. A free day out for all the family.
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
100% of your donation will be used to make life better by water
Canals are better with Friends
Becoming a Friend by making a monthly donation is one of the most effective ways to support our work
Leave a legacy
Will you leave a gift in your Will to keep the canals and rivers you care about alive?
Giving in memory
Celebrate the life of a loved one by giving a gift in their memory
Love your stretch
Celebrate your favourite stretch of canal or river
Make a difference to the wellbeing of your community
Trusts and foundations
We've used funding for a range of projects, using our canals, rivers and museums as unique spaces to transform lives
We care for our supporters
We are caring and open and aim to put our supporters at the heart of everything we do
Help us to bring wellbeing opportunities to millions of people across England and Wales. Find your ideal volunteer role here.
5 March 2018 to 1 October 2018
Stourport Wharf, Sevenside, Stourport Basins
Education, Outdoors, Regularly
We are looking for people with experience of working with children and a love of canals & rivers.
16 October 2017 to 31 December 2020
Stoke Bruerne, Grand Union Canal, Northampton
If you enjoy working with children and want to inspire them to learn about our local heritage, wildlife and landscape, join our team of Explorer Education Volunteers at Stoke Bruerne!
West London, Grand Union Canal, London
If you enjoy working with children and want to inspire them to learn about our local heritage, wildlife and landscape, join our team of Explorer Education Volunteers based in West London!
Closing Date: 31 December 2018
Crofton, Kennet & Avon Canal, Wiltshire
We are looking for volunteers to help develop and establish a new school and family learning programme at Crofton Pumping Station near Marlborough. This fantastic site is home to the 200 year old beam engine alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal and is a perfect setting for school groups to learn about our...
River Lee, Tottenham to Ponders End
If you enjoy working with children and want to inspire them to learn about our local heritage, wildlife and landscape, join our team of Explorer Education Volunteers based in the Lee Valley in East London!
1 May 2017 to 1 May 2020
Education, Education volunteers
Join our new team of education volunteers working on the fascinating Pocklington Canal as it undergoes a HLF funded project. You will be working in partnership with education volunteers at nearby Naburn lock to lead school, Cub Scout and Brownie groups on canalside trails as well as running sessions...
22 September 2018
Closing Date: 31 March 2019
Brome Hall Lane, Lapworth, Solihull, B94 5RB
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Tasks vary on a regular basis and can include painting, planting, litter clearance, general maintenance, depending on what’s needed in the area. On arrival you will be greeted by a group leader who will run through what is to be done that day, assign tasks and demonstrate the safe use of any equipment....
14 April 2017
Huddersfield Broad Canal, Huddersfield
The Towpath Taskforce on the Huddersfield Broad Canal meet on the second Friday of the month from 10am-1pm. We carry out a range of tasks along the canal including painting, litter clearance, cutting back vegetation and planting. The meeting location will vary depending on the tasks that need doing...
8 December 2017
Closing Date: 30 March 2019
Swarkestone, Derbyshire, Trent & Mersey Canal
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join the South Derbyshire Towpath Taskforce team for an enjoyable morning on the Trent & Mersey Canal, supporting us in caring for our precious waterways. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly support and refreshments.
13 October 2018
Lock 53, Maidenhead Road, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6SB
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical