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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
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.
Surely one for the boater's bucket list - the thrill of taking your boat up (or down) the Anderton Boat Lift. Find out more about charges and the safety info you need.
It's truly a unique experience manoeuvring your own boat into the caissons and letting our marvellous machine lift you effortlessly as it transports you from one level to the other.
The lift is currently available for private passage on Monday and Wednesday mornings, plus Friday afternoons with 48 hours notice (on a working week day) required.
Closed: The Lift is currently in winter stoppage, providing us with the opportunity to give it some much needed TLC from 8 January until 4 February 2018.
Book your passage
You can book your passage up (or down) Anderton from our online booking page
Passage times vary depending on the peak and off-peak schedules.
Please call our bookings office for more information: 01606 786 777 or download our free boaters' leaflet:
Download our boaters' guide
With a list of the year's passage times and safety details, this leaflet has all you need to get ready to experience the Anderton Boat Lift
Please note: the Lift is closed for maintenance every Thursday morning so you can't make your way through until 11:30 (down) or 12:15 (up). (This may change from time to time.)
The charges and restrictions vary depending on your licence:
You will need permission from your hire boat company before you are allowed to use the Anderton Boat Lift. Please be aware that the boat will also need to be licensed. Check our terms and conditions for details.
To make sure your visit is as safe as possible, please remember to:
In the unlikely event of an emergency, all passengers and crew should remain in their vessels unless instructed otherwise by our lift operators.
Once down on the river, you need to call ahead to the lock keeper should you want to travel through one of the 4 manned locks. This will allow for the locks to be prepared before you arrive.
All information on lock opening times and lock keeper's telephone numbers can be found in the above boaters leaflet or via your email confirmation received upon booking lift passage.
Last date edited: 23 January 2018