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.
When James Witham Thompson died in 1920 at the age of 77, he generously bestowed money to the Burnley Corporation to build a park for the town’s residents.
One day as he was travelling on the top deck of one of the town’s trams, he glanced over at the grounds here and thought they would make an excellent spot for a park. His generosity and vision created a lasting asset for the town, which is now grade II listed in recognition of its significance.
Burnley was never a major target during the Second World War but occasionally German planes would stray over the town after returning from Liverpool. On 27 October 1940, a bomb was dropped on Thompson Park, one of only two bombs to hit Burnley during the entire war. The air raids were sounded and luckily nobody was hurt. The following morning the people of Burnley assessed the damage, a large crater was left and the windows of the college and houses nearby had been blown out.
Thompson Park is an important green space; nowhere in Burnley will you find a wider range of tree species. Bordering the towpath it contributes to the canal's role as a wildlife corridor, connecting green spaces across industrial Burnley. Today the Canal & River Trust maintains the canal and as part of their work they create and improve the banks of the canal as an important habitat, promoting biodiversity.
The water vole is an ‘at risk’ species and they are not often spotted in Burnley, although there is evidence that they are about. Canal banks across the country are being designed to encourage water voles to nest because much of their natural habitat has been destroyed. You are more likely to hear them ‘plop’ into the water than see them.
Last date edited: 21 July 2015