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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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
As you walk beneath the Manchester Road Bridge you will see many scars on its underside, evidence of years of alterations, extensions and repairs.
Can you also see the curved metal plates in the towpath at either end of the bridge? They mark the spot where gates were installed to protect the wharf if the Burnley Embankment breached. The power of rushing water would have pushed the gates closed, preventing the wharf from flooding and allowing work there to continue.
Look for a white pulley attached to the edge of the towpath outside the Tollhouse. The black door opposite the pulley leads to the stables where boaters would lead their horses for a well-earned rest. In order to protect the brickwork from rope damage the workers were asked to attach their towrope to the pulley. Look for the evidence of rope marks in the wall near the door and tollhouse. The grooves show that the pulley wasn’t always used.
Look under Bridge 130BB, (on the other side of Manchester Road Bridge) can you find the gap in the towpath with a slope entering the canal? This is a horse gap. If a horse fell into the water it would swim along until it reached the slope, where it would be walked out safely. So how often would this happen?
Listen to former canal worker Will Hodgson share his experiences
Fragrant buddleias grow across from the visitors centre and they attract many butterfly species including Red Admirals, Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks and Orange Tips. If you spend some time here in the summer months you are sure to spot one.
Last date edited: 21 July 2015