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
Articles about volunteering with the Trust.
Meet Sally, firing up future canal enthusiasts
Four years ago, retired primary school teacher Sally Hodnett began working with our Explorers education volunteers at Crofton and later became a volunteer lock keeper
Canals offer different things to different people
To Brian Emmott, local artist and volunteer on the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal, it gives him the chance to work outdoors helping the community - and all from his motorised wheelchair
20 November 2017
I began volunteering with the Trust in 2012, initially as a volunteer lock keeper, but since 2015 I’ve also been working with the safety team as a visitor attraction risk assessor.
I’m a volunteer lock keeper on the beautiful Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal. I started volunteering in April 2017 following an article on the Welsh news about Llangattock. They also gave out some information about volunteering, and here I am.
5 October 2017
International Volunteer Managers’ Day is a chance for us to thank all the dedicated volunteer managers throughout the Trust. Together with our volunteers, their continued work means that we can make life better by the water for everyone.
3 November 2016
It's International Volunteer Managers Day on 5 November, but what turns a good volunteer manager into a great one? Read on to find out more.
We're saying a big thank you to all of our volunteers and volunteer managers this International Volunteer Managers Day. Read more to find out what our heritage volunteers have been getting up to.
31 October 2016
International Volunteer Managers Day is on 5 November. We’re taking the opportunity to thank all of our volunteers and volunteer managers. Read more to find out what the team have been getting up to in South Wales.
24 August 2016
Peter has been an enthusiastic volunteer for the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port for four years. Find out more about Peter’s role and why he enjoys working with us so much.
7 July 2016
Jake volunteers regularly along the Grantham Canal. His involvement with the waterways and his experience of working in a volunteer team has literally turned his life around. Read Jake’s inspirational story.
20 June 2016
The Avon Vale workboat volunteers have been helping out with maintenance and other varied tasks along the Kennet & Avon Canal since 2010. Read more about how they restored the Avon Vale, why they enjoy working on the boat whatever the weather, and whether you could join their crew.
15 February 2016
Student volunteering is a big part of life at the Trust. Many of our specialist teams work closely with university students, both on long-term placements and for shorter stretches of time.
Last date edited: 14 June 2018