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Work for us
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.
Planning your visit
History & heritage
Things to do and see
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Brentford Gauging Lock, Brentford, TW8 8HP
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The welcome station is usually open on Fridays between 10.00am - 4.00pm, but this can be subject to change.
Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
For customers of the local pub/café
Brentford Gauging Lock was once one of the busiest places on the Grand Union Canal / River Brent. Today, Brentford Lock is a great place for a walk and cycle.
Just a 15 minute walk around the towpath is Thames Lock - the gateway to the River Thames. Or if your prefer the 15 minute walk the other way, you'll find Syon House and Park.
Look out for our welcome station at Brentford - a place to stop for a chat with our friendly volunteers and pick up some information about the local area. The welcome station is usually open on Fridays between 10.00am - 4.00pm, but this can be subject to change.
Places to eat:
One of London's smallest museums, based in the Grade II Listed Toll House, is open every Friday by volunteers for the Canal & River Trust. It offers a fascinating and intimate slice of waterways history for children and adults alike.
The basin here provides some tranquil waterspace in the town. You'll get a chance to see waterbirds, including herons, moorhens and flotillas of ducks so sit back and reflect.
By car - there is limited on-street parking. Nearest public pay & display car park is next to the church on Brentford High Street
By train - Brentford rail station is a reasonable 11 minutes walk
By bike - the Capital ring route follow through the locks
By boat - if you're boating the Thames Ring then llok out here for some visitor moorings, we have a permanent moorings are with some boating facilities avilable
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