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.
31 October 2017 to 1 October 2018
Closing Date: 30 September 2018
Milton Keynes, Grand Union Canal, Buckinghamshire
Home-based, Marketing and promotions
This role is to work within our new IT training team, developing resources for our people to make best use of our IT systems. The main aim is to design and prepare educational aids and materials for the IT Training department bringing learning to life to engage and upskill our people, using specialist...
16 October 2017 to 31 December 2020
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...
23 May 2017
A volunteer group working along the entire length of the Caldon Canal. We will be doing tasks such as painting the lock and infrastructure, cutting back overgrown vegetation, dry stone walling, litter picking, path resurfacing and fencing among other jobs. This is a great opportunity to get outdoors,...
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...
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...
30 January 2018
Wigan , Leeds & Liverpool Cana
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.
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....
1 August 2016 to 1 April 2020
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...