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.
25 September 2018
Wigan, Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Practical, Recording and monitoring
This is one of a series of task days which take place on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Wigan, meeting at a different location each week. Tasks can include vegetation works, litter picking and general towpath maintenance. When: Every Tuesday at 10am.
7 September 2018
Closing Date: 31 March 2019
Hatton Locks, Canal Road, Hatton, Warwickshire, CV35 7JL
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join us on the first Wednesday and Friday of each month at Canal Lane, Hatton, Warwick. CV35 7JL on the beautiful Grand Union Canal. 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...
22 June 2017
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....
21 November 2016 to 31 December 2020
Carpenters Road Lock, Old River Lee, 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 East London!
1 August 2016 to 1 April 2020
Closing Date: 1 September 2019
Join our team of education volunteers working on the fascinating Grantham Canal as it undergoes a restoration project. You will be working in partnership with the Grantham Canal Society to lead school, Cub scout and Brownie groups on canalside trails as well as running sessions in the classroom. All...
1 August 2016
Recording and monitoring
We are looking for volunteers who can visit visitor mooring sites between Tewitfield and Bilsborrow to carry out boat checks. The main sites that we are looking at are Tewitfield, Carnforth, Hest Bank, Lancaster, Galgate and Bilsborrow. Bycycles can be provided if needed and would be stored for use...
13 June 2018
Skipton, Leeds & Liverpool Cana
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join us for a practical day around Skipton which will include vegetation maintenance work, litter picking and general towpath maintenance. This is one of a series of task days which take place throughout the year, on the second Wednesday of the month starting at 1000 and aiming to finish at 1300. The...
Anderton Boat Lift, Trent & Mersey Canal, Cheshire
Administration and support, Leadership and management, Marketing and promotion, Project management, Regularly, Working with visitors
Here at the Trust we have people and nature at the heart of everything we do, and we would like to see more people enjoying the waterways in a variety of ways.
Llanover, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire & Brecon canal, Monmouthshire, S Wales
Regularly, Working with visitors
This is an opportunity to be the ‘face’ of the Canal & River Trust and the Monmouthshire, Brecon & Abergavenny Canal Trust at our partnership Visitor Centre at Goytre Wharf . You will play a key role in the enjoyment of the visitor experience and ensuring visitors leave with a greater understanding and...
Gloucester Office, Gloucestershire
We are looking for volunteers with a background or interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) who love working with children and young people and would like to encourage their interest in STEM via the canals by taking part in school visits, workshops and visits to the waterways.