Holidays with a difference

Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) working holidays, called ‘Canal Camps’ are a great experience for anyone who loves being outdoors and enjoys meeting new people from different backgrounds and of different ages. Our Camps also offer you a fantastic chance to learn new skills such as bricklaying, stone walling, machine operation and restoration techniques.

In groups of up to 18 volunteers, you can help with essential restoration work on the derelict waterways of England and Wales. Volunteers will be able to take part in various tasks from vegetation clearance to learning how to build a lock wall. Whether you are a complete beginner or have tried your hand at restoration before, you will be guided through every task by the Canal Camp leader and their assistant.

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Quick Canal Camp Facts

  • WRG run over 25 week-long residential restoration Canal Camps every year on the derelict waterways of England and Wales.

  • Each camp costs £70 per week which includes food and accommodation.

  • Our camps are open to anyone aged over 18.

  • WRG welcomes participants completing the residential section of their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Waterway Recovery Group Canal Camps

WRG offers a wide variety of work attracts a wide range of volunteers at home and abroad last year we welcomed international volunteers from Australia, USA, Spain, Italy,  Germany and France. In addition, WRG helped over 950 Duke of Edinburgh Award students complete their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award residential since 2004. You can see what we get up to in our photo album on flickr

Volunteer Now!

"WRG offers you such a unique volunteering experience...a week of mud, sweat & beers! I've made life long friends, had great laughs and learnt new skills along the way."

Volunteer 2020

Get a copy of our 2020 Canal Camps Brochure to find out more about our restoration working holidays.