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.
1 March 2018 to 31 October 2018
Worcester, Worcester Birmingham canal, Worcestershire
Outdoors, Regularly, Working with visitors
We’re establishing visitor ‘welcome’ stations at key locations around the country, and you could be at the heart of this welcome.
28 February 2018 to 31 August 2018
Closing Date: 31 August 2018
Aire & Calder Navigation, West Yorkshire
Boating, Leadership and management, Outdoors, Practical
We are looking for enthusiastic and committed individuals to co-ordinate and lead our expanding volunteer teams in Asset Delivery, our planned works team, who tackle tasks including moving boats to lock repairs, repairing towpaths, Bank protection and maintaining heritage structures such as bridges...
24 February 2018 to 24 November 2018
Oxford, Oxford Canal, Oxfordshire
Come and join us at the Oxford Towpath Taskforce where we will be doing a variety of tasks including lock painting, litter picking, graffiti removal, scrub clearing and tidying of the towpath. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly support and refreshments.
16 February 2018
Closing Date: 15 December 2018
Braunston, Grand Union Canal, Daventry
Would you like to join our skilled team of operatives for a day out and experience what it's like working with the Trust?
12 February 2018 to 30 September 2018
Closing Date: 30 September 2018
Multiple locations along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal between Liverpool and Wigan, Lancashire
Education, Practical, Working with visitors
Join us as an Outreach Volunteer
29 March 2018
Lune aqueduct nature sit
Join us for a practical day around Lancaster which will include vegetation maintenance work, litter picking and general towpath maintenance.
1 February 2018 to 6 December 2018
Knottingley, Aire & Calder, Yorkshire
Knottingley Towpath Taskforce meets on the first Thursday of the month from 10am-1pm. We carry out a range of tasks along the canal through Knottingley including painting, litter clearance, cutting back vegetation and planting. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly...
10 January 2018 to 10 January 2019
Selby, Selby Canal, Yorkshire
Join us on the third Saturday of every month, 10am to 1pm, for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful Selby Canal. We’ll be tackling a variety of tasks, including painting, litter picking, cutting back vegetation and planting. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly...
1 December 2017
Worcester, Birmingham & Droitwich Canal, Worcestershire
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
This role will support the bank staff team in the delivery of different maintenance jobs on the Worcester, Birmingham and Droitwich canal. Working with two Canal & River trust staff from the local team you will be based at the Tardebigge offices although the team may instruct other meeting points dependant...
27 May 2018
Bugsworth Basin, SK23 7NE
Heritage, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
We are looking for volunteers to help us maintain the canal at Bugsworth Basin. This is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and was a busy canal/tramway interchange basin.