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
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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.
Textile mills built by Sir Titus Salt.
Salt’s Mill was opened in 1853 on Sir Titus’s 50th birthday. It was located beside the Leeds & Liverpool Canal which provided him with connections to the ports of Liverpool and Hull.
The large loading doors in the middle of Salt’s Mill facing the canal show how important the canal was the location of Saltaire.
35 years later in 1868 he built New Mill facing Salt’s Mill on the north side of the canal, creating a dramatic enclosed ‘canyon’ effect with the canal running between two tall buildings.
The two mills were linked by an enclosed raised walkway across the canal.
The tall chimney of New Mill is based on the bell tower of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Friari in Venice and dominates the view over the canal.
At the height of production 4000 people worked at the mills. They were summoned from their homes by the mill ‘buzzer’!
Mill girls hurrying down Victoria Road to the mills to start their shift.
Steam powered boats coming into Saltaire from Shipley in 1936, filling the canyon with smoke. Salt’s Mill is on the left, New Mill is on the right.
Coming from Shipley with Salt’s Mill on the left and New Mill on the right with its Italian style chimney. Raised footbridge connecting the mills in the background.
Loading doors on Salt’s Mill, where fleeces and textiles were loaded and unloaded direct from the boats.
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Last date edited: 21 July 2015