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?
Volunteering in partnership
Want to make a real difference to your community? You could join over 400 groups who volunteer with us every year
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
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.
6 November 2019 to 6 November 2020
Volunteers are sought to be inbedded in the Customer Operations team, assisting staff in the day to day maintenance and running of the Peak Forest and Macclesfield Canals. Tasks are as varied as they are diverse, where no two days will be the same due to reactive nature of customer needs and the proactive...
5 November 2019 to 31 December 2020
Closing Date: 1 November 2020
Northern Reaches, Lancaster Canal, LA8 0LG
Environment, Heritage, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical
The Towpath Trail Project is improving access to the canal and its heritage between Crooklands and Sedgwick, on the Northern Reaches of the Lancaster Canal. This unique and picturesque part of the canal contains watered and drained sections, and a number of important pieces of infrastructure including...
1 November 2019
Outdoors, Practical, Working with visitors
Removal of excessive vegetation from Bosley Reservoir - ongoing. Times to be agreed - Starting 1st November 2019 meet at Bosley Reservoir.
1 November 2019 to 29 February 2020
Closing Date: 29 February 2020
Across the North West Region, CH65 4FW
Education, Other specialist roles, Practical
We are looking for people who love to work with children or who are looking for an opportunity to improve their skills and experience. The role involves delivering our water safety messages to primary school assemblies and at primary school safety events.
31 October 2019 to 26 October 2023
Leeds, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, West Yorkshire, BD10 0PY
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Regularly
Join us on the final Thursday of every month between 10am and 2pm for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Apperley Bridge. Tasks will vary and change with the seasons – tasks could include lock maintenance, painting, vegetation management, planting, towpath repair, wildlife...
5 September 2019 to 24 September 2020
Staffordshire & Worcester Canal, ST19 5DT
Environment, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical
We are currently opening an opportunity for the residents of Penkridge and surrounding areas to assist with the maintenance and general presentation of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal through Penkridge. We are looking for volunteers to come along and join us on the last Thurs of every month...
1 September 2019
Gloucester & Sharpness canal, Gloucestershire, GL1 2EB
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
This role will support the bank staff team in the delivery of maintenance jobs, including PPMs (planned preventative maintenance) on the Gloucester & Sharpness canal. Working with two of the Canal & River Trust team you will be based at the Gloucester office or Sharpness Port although the team may...
1 March 2019 to 1 March 2020
St. Helens, Merseyside, WA11 0AB
If you want to do something positive to help the restoration of the Sankey Canal then join the Sankey Canal Restoratrion Society on one of their regular work parties.
19 December 2019
Closing Date: 30 June 2019
Bath, Kennet & Avon Canal, Somerset
Boating, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Bath Volunteers have recently launched a new workboat 'Sulis' and are looking for new crew members and helmsman. The workboat and crew will be volunteering on the K&A Canal and River Avon. Tasks include clearing offside vegetation, carrying out small maintenance tasks, painting lock gates and assisting...
30 August 2018
Parbold, WN8 7NH
Environment, Heritage, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance
Join us at Parbold dry dock for a series of work parties that aim to expose and restore the structure of this historic site. The works will include vegetation clearance, removal of Himalayan balsam, painting and general site maintenance.