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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.
Historical gems and audio footage of the Kennet & Avon Canal - a unique Georgian canal in the heart of Bath.
The Kennet & Avon Canal was 200 years old in 2010 and the anniversary was celebrated with an exciting programme of repair and conservation of the canal’s important features.
Now you can listen to two audio trails which tell you more about the Kennet & Avon Canal. Audio Tales explores 12 key features on the canal between Halfpenny Bridge and Darlington Wharf. Overheard Conversations invites you to eavesdrop on intriguing historic conversations and letters about the canal. Download these files, and find more information on this elegant canal by clicking on the links to the right.
The audio trail covers a 1m length of canal and can be started at any point between Darlington Wharf to the east of Bath and the junction of the River Avon and canal via both the Bus and Train stations in the west. A 2 mile circular trail that links with the city centre takes in impressive Georgian architecture, the Holburne Museum, Pulteney bridge and a riverside walk and can be started at any point along the route. A map is below.
Although the canal was a commercial route, John Rennie, the chief engineer, took great care to make sure that the canal and its bridges and buildings reflected Bath’s Georgian architecture.
Where the canal cut through the popular Vauxhall pleasure gardens (today’s Sydney Gardens), the proprietors insisted that the Canal Company provided two ‘elegant cast-iron bridges, after the manner of the Chinese’.
The bridges were installed by George Stothert, the local agent for the iron foundries at Coalbrookdale in Shropshire.
Cleveland House is one of the most famous features of the Kennet & Avon Canal. Built by the Duke of Cleveland, it was leased to the Kennet & Avon Canal Company as their headquarters. Unusually, it is built half on land and half over the canal, and had a magnificent two-storey boardroom over the canal.
Another interesting structure is the elaborately decorated chimney beside the towpath at Lock 11, all that remains of the former pumping station.
Download the Bath Flight information leaflet (1)
Download the Bath Flight information leaflet (2 - including map)
Always remember to stay SAFE near water – Stay Away From the Edge.
Families, schools and youth groups can find fun things to do at www.canalriverexplorers.org.uk
Last date edited: 6 September 2017