Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
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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.
Barry Whitelock - the country's longest serving lock keeper
One of our wonders of the waterways, Bingley Five Rise locks are operated by our lock keepers to make sure boaters safely travel through the locaks and we conserve water.
Barry Whitelock became a lock keeper at Five Rise Locks in 1978 and retired in 2017, making him the country’s longest serving lock keeper.
He used to watch the old lock keeper Eddie Murgatroyd every Saturday and Sunday from the age of eight and finally took over from him when he was 19.
From his small office at the top of the Five Rise Locks, Barry controled the flow of water from Winterburn reservoir 18 miles away. He regulated 10 million gallons of water a day between Bingley and Leeds. This remains an important job as staircase locks are very wasteful of water.
Barry would prepare all the locks in the staircase before the boats go through. Going uphill, the bottom lock should be low and all the others full, so that each can fill the next. Going downhill the top lock should be full and all the others empty.
The Five Rise lock keeper since 1978, explains how to operate the Five Rise Locks.
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Last date edited: 15 May 2017