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.
Opened in 1801 Finsley Gate quickly became the home of the main maintenance yard along the canal and a vital hub of industry and employment.
The wharf was a hive of activity with lots of small stone-built houses nearby and cotton and corn mills, foundries and forges, a timber yard, warehouses, inns, stables, and workshops.
Listen to Jim Heaton and Alan Shepherd talking about the wharf
This busy part of Burnley was once called ‘Turn Bridge’. Can you think why? The bridge you can see today connecting Finsley wharf to the other side of the towpath replaced a swing bridge in 1885, one of only two in Burnley. The swing bridge had a wooden deck and hand-rails and it pivoted on a turn-table set on one bank of the canal. Hence the name ‘Turn Bridge’. The bridge allowed easy access from Finsley Gate to Parliament Street and easier transportation of goods too big for the canal barges to handle.
An array of wildflowers grows along the towpath and encourages birds and insects to the area. You may smell meadowsweet on your travels, which smells like antiseptic when rubbed between fingers or self heal, a medicinal wildflower with stunning purple blossom.
Last date edited: 21 July 2015