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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
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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.
Volunteers are needed to help teach school children near Standedge Tunnel on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal about the wonders of their local canal.
We want to recruit a team of experienced education volunteers based near Standedge Tunnel as part of its ‘Explorers’ education programme aimed at 7-11 year olds.
Working with us, the volunteers will lead sessions for primary schools, Cub Scouts and Brownie groups, that extend from the classroom to the waterside, and include everything from explaining how canals were built to helping children to be safe by the water. Linked to the National Curriculum, they will also be talking about the wonderful wildlife and history of the 200-year-old famous Standedge Tunnel.
Katie Hutchinson, our education coordinator says: "Standedge Tunnel is the longest, highest and deepest canal tunnel in Britain. It took 17 years to build and is a marvel of engineering. With its colourful history there’s loads of really interesting stories to tell. We’re looking for education volunteers who can bring those stories and characters to life and really inspire young people.
"It’s a great opportunity for people who are considering a career in education or have retired, to help enthuse children about the wonderful history and wildlife around them and help to create what, we hope, is a new generation of waterway enthusiasts. I’d encourage anyone interested in getting involved to get in touch."
We are looking for people who are confident leading organised school and group activities. The volunteers will be required to work on week days during term time and will have the support of an education officer.
Explorers education volunteers
Find out more about our Explorers volunteer programme here.
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