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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.
Old packhorse bridge, at Dowley Gap.
This attractive old packhorse bridge is contemporary with the Bingley Locks and was built around 1773. At this point the towpath crosses from the north bank to the south bank.
The bridge allows the boat horse and boatman to cross over the canal, and ‘change line’ without slowing down the boat.
The bridge is there to carry the much earlier agricultural trackway Primrose Lane, which connected two different areas of farmland dissected by the canal.
The hole in the side wall of the bridge allows silt washed down the slope from Primrose Lane to be caught in the rectangular walled enclosure or silt trap.
Will Hodgson, stories of swimming horses.
The hole in the wall allowed silt washed down from Primrose Lane to be collected in the walled enclosure or silt trap.
Changeline Bridge and the old lock keeper’s cottage at Dowley Gap Locks, around 1930. Looking towards Saltaire.
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Last date edited: 21 July 2015