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.
9 December 2017
Audlem Mill, Audlem, Shropshire Union Canal
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join our monthly Audlem Towpath Taskforce working in the picturesque village of Audlem. The second Friday of the month is Taskforce day and this is a great opportunity to join a friendly, lively and active group of volunteers. We could be lock painting, bulb planting, gardening, hedge laying or doing...
Anderton Boat Lift, Trent & Mersey Canal, Cheshire
Administration and support, Outdoors
If you like being outdoors and dont mind walking, then this role is for you!
11 December 2018
This is a new community adoption group looking for volunteers with a desire to make a difference to their local area. The aim of the group is to transform and improve access and public use of the towpath and environment between Lyme Green and Fools Nook, as it passes out of Macclesfield and passed the...
Bath, Kennet & Avon Canal, Somerset
Education, Education volunteers
Are you interested in joining our established group of education volunteers in the beautiful city of Bath? The group have already worked with a number of schools leading workshops in the classroom and walks along the towpath to introduce the children to the fascinating history of this part of the Kennet...
Lune Aqueduct, Lancaster Canal, Lancaster
Join our team of education volunteers at the Lune Aqueduct in Lancaster. We lead school, Cub scout and Brownie groups on waterway visits as well as running sessions in the classroom. All of our sessions are designed to inspire young people in heritage and geography of the local area as well as links...
Closing Date: 31 January 2019
Bingley Five Rise Locks, Leeds & Liverpool
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly, Working with visitors
Lock keepers have been a fixture on Britain’s canals for hundreds of years and are one of the oldest traditions of the waterways. As ‘the face of the waterway’, modern-day volunteer lock keepers play an integral part in the visitor experience. Their role is to provide a polite and friendly welcome to...
Administration and support, Practical, Working with visitors
Your role will be to work closely with hub leaders and Canal & River Trust staff to lead and support volunteers aged 16 to 25 and community members in the use of the Desmond Family Canoe Trail, to support the design and delivery of activity programmes based on the needs of the local community, promoting...
Closing Date: 1 January 2019
Claverton, Kennet & Avon Canal, Wiltshire
Customer service, Practical, Working with visitors
Claverton Pumping Station nr Bath are looking for volunteers to help with the restoration and operation of the famous waterwheel.
17 January 2018
Trevor Basin Visitor Centre
Join our monthly World Heritage Site Towpath Taskforce working on the historic waterway in the heart of North Wales. The 2nd Wednesday of the month is Taskforce day and this is a great opportunnity to join a friendly, lively and active group of volunteers. We could be working on access improvements,...