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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
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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
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There’s been lots of excitement in my little museums and attractions education bubble recently. I’ve been starting work with Anderton Boat Lift and Standedge Tunnel. It’s been fantastic working with Tim, Carly, James and Mikaela to plan volunteer recruitment, promotion and development of their schools offers.
I can’t wait to take some of my volunteers over to Standedge Tunnel to take part in some pumpkin carving – apparently James does this workshop dressed as a wizard! I will be sure to include some photos of this in my next blog.
Andrew Ashmore came over to Ellesmere Port to deliver two days of costumed interpretation training. They were fantastic days and the volunteers were really enthused and motivated to develop characters and design guided walks. Hopefully we will have something fantastic developed in time for Christmas.
I also opened the new 'Ducklings Play Area' at Ellesmere Port last week – probably the cutest event I have ever been involved in. I was lucky enough to get the mayor to officially open the play area along with a couple of superstar babies who really got into the photo shoot.
Just for those of you who think my job is all fun, fun, fun – I’m up to my eyes in spread sheets and risk assessments at the moment – roll on the next school visit!
Helen Evans is the learning officer for our museums and attractions. She joined the National Waterways Museum (Ellesmere Port) in 2010, following eight years of secondary school teaching. Helen lives in Macclesfield and is a keen long distance runner, competing for Macclesfield Harriers.