Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
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
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
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.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Caring for the locks and canal for more than 200 years
The locks and canal have to be regularly maintained to prevent loss of water and lock gates are usually replaced every 25 years.
Although the equipment and health and safety rules have changed they still use the traditional skills to fit the heavy wooden gates.
Listen to memories of the historic maintenance team.
100 years ago the gates were made a few miles down the canal at Apperley Bridge. The maintenance team used just an A-frame, block and tackle to carefully lift the five ton lock gates into position.
Today the gates are made at Stanley Ferry near Wakefield and they use hydraulic cranes to lift them.
Hear how the same skills are needed over 100 years later.
They still have to be hand-fitted on site by skilled carpenters to create a watertight seal, just as they would have done in 1912.
Project Manager Peter Carter in the middle wearing yellow jacket and his team of carpenters at Bingley Five Rise Locks 2012.
Workmen repairing the wooden floor of the Five Rise Lock in 1912.
Waiting for a delivery of cement to repair the retaining wall of the Five Rise Locks and the canal bank.
Inserting stop planks using a pile driver at the top of Five Rise Locks, to drain the canal for the new swing bridge, around 1900.
Canal Company carpenters with the maintenance boat ‘Five Rise’ in the summer of 1890.
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Last date edited: 21 July 2015