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
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.
On Wednesday 16 August, we opened our new £50,000 bespoke adventure play area as part of the Let's Play! at Anderton Boat Lift project.
The play area, created by ‘Flights of Fantasy Creative Play Ltd' of Sandringham, Norfolk, integrates elements of the lift in the design such as, the lift itself, a bridge, control house and mooring area and cleverly uses blue surfacing to suggest water. Almost 40% bigger than the previous play area, it boasts fully accessible areas suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
The ‘Let’s Play! at Anderton Boat Lift’ project is also be the starting point for a new trail that leads our visitors to the adjacent Anderton Nature Park. We hope the new trail will encourage children and their families to extend their visit to the area and enjoy the nature that is free and within easy walking distance.
Mike Amesbury, MP for Weaver Vale and Rev David Felix, Chair of the Rural Growth Board and the West Cheshire & Warrington LEADER Local Action Group unveiled our bespoke play area, Mr Amesbury said "The Anderton Boat Lift is one of Northwich’s leading industrial heritage sites attracting over 120,000 visitors a year. It is fitting that this pinnacle of high Victorian engineering is doing everything it can to engage and attract young audiences. This imaginatively-designed play area with nature trail is going to be a real asset for this special heritage site that really embodies so much of Northwich’s proud heritage."
Our exciting new playground was made possible thanks to a £20,000 grant from the LEADER programme; a unique source of funding for rural areas across Cheshire, Warrington and the Dunham Massey area, managed by Cheshire West and Chester Council. LEADER takes a community-led approach to delivering European funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, with decisions being made by a Local Action Group (LAG) formed of locally-appointed representatives from the private, public and third sectors.
Timothy Turner, our attraction manager said: "Anderton Boat Lift & Visitor Centre is an activity hub. The grant recognises Anderton as a place to learn, relax and play in a stimulating environment; to adventure onto the river and canal and connect up with other places to visit and explore the surrounding countryside."
As a result of the new playground, we've been able to create three new permanent job roles so our visitor centre can extend its season and remain open every weekend throughout the year.
Find other free places to visit
Anderton Boat Lift is just one of over 120 fantastic and free places to visit along our waterways.
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends