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.
A cotton mill was build here around 1840 by George Slater, a leading industrialist. It was six storey’s high in places, with several chimneys and a weaving shed.
Following a fire in 1863 a clock tower was added, the town's first public clock and it soon dominated the skyline. Clock Tower Mill quickly became a unique and notable landmark. But why did George Slater add a clock to his mill?
Listen to local historian Steve Chappels explain his views
Lancashire fire fighters were called to Clock Tower Mill one night as a fire ripped through the building causing extensive damage. Twenty fire engines tackled the blaze with one witness describing the scene as ‘devastating’. A spokesman said the fire had been bought under control but catastrophic damage had been done. The towpath remained closed.
Steve Chappels explain why many of Burnley’s mills kept firefighters so busy.
Following the fire on 7 April 1987 the clock tower became too unstable and was demolished. The skeletal remains of the once thriving mill served as a stark reminder of Burnley’s industrial decay. The rest of the mill was finally demolished in 2004. With the loss of such an iconic building and a window into Burnley’s industrial past, restoration and regeneration seem more vital than ever before.
Swans nest along the banks of the canal in spring, where the male swan can often be seen patrolling the area as the female swan nurtures the egg. Look out for a pair of mute swans who have made this area of the canal their home.
Find out more about swans
Last date edited: 21 July 2015