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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.
How do you connect a river that's 50 feet below a canal that's up a steep embankment? Come to that - why would you connect them? Find out on your visit to our visitor centre at Anderton Boat Lift.
Like all great things, the concept is simple: two huge water tanks (caissons), each with watertight sealable doors, carry boats up and down. The original counter-balanced system was replaced in 1908 by electric operation, but the lift now works hydraulically again.
Yes, it's completely free to visit us. Our lower level houses the exhibition, looking at the lift’s history and the people who worked on and around it. There's lots of interactive, hands on elements and our cinematic centrepiece.
You can even see the lift control centre! You can watch all the busy goings on during its daily schedule.
You’ll be able to explore the history of the local area and learn about the origins of the saying ‘any man worth his salt’, as well as uncover some of the fascinating artifacts from our designated ‘museum collection’.
Designated of national importance by Arts Council England, most of our ‘museum collection’ is housed within the National Waterway Museum at Ellesmere Port and Gloucester. However, you can also find important, treasured items on loan here at Anderton as well as Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre and at the Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne. Together it forms the most comprehensive collection that tells the story of Britain’s canals and navigable rivers over the last 300 hundred years. The collection consists of over 12,000 objects – including 68 historic boats and the national waterways archive.
... download our visitor guide for opening and boat trip times
Download our visitor leaflet
Opening times, boat trip details and prices.
Just one of the two caissons on the Boat Lift weighs 252 tonnes - that's the equivalent of TWO & a half empty Boeing 757 planes (before fuelling, passengers & cargo). Each caisson lifts & lowers the tank 50 feet in the air - that's a lot of weight!
Anderton Boat Lift
Love history? Tick. Love going up in the world? Tick. Have a big smile? Tick.
We already have a frankly magnificent team of over 50 volunteers and Canal & River Trust colleagues who work tirelessly together to support and develop this unique peice of Victorian and industrial heritage. Not just for the local community but for the whole country.
However, as a charity, we can only stretch so far. So if you want to get involved - no matter how much time you think you can give - go to our volunteering page now...
Volunteer at Anderton Boat Lift
Gardening - admin - tour guides - events - storytellers - Explorers education helpers - and much more
Last date edited: 13 March 2018