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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.
Planning your visit
History & heritage
Things to do and see
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Certificate of Excellence 2017
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Bugsworth Basin, Brookside, Buxworth, High Peak, Derbyshire, SK23 7NE
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Apart from parking, it's free
Toilets at visitors centre in the basin
Bugsworth Canal Basin on the Peak Forest Canal, and not far from the town of Whaley Bridge, was once the largest and busiest inland port on the narrow canal system and the only one to survive intact. Today, it's popular with boaters and a great place to start a country walk.
The Bugsworth Basin Heritage Trust (previously the Inland Waterways Protection Society) run a small but interesting visitor centre and museum, along with some local events.
Something a bit more energetic? The Peak Forest Tramway Trail has been re-opened from Bugsworth Basin for 2.6kms to Charley Lane near Bridgeholm Green. The trail follows the route of the old tramway linking Bugsworth Basin to Dove Holes Quarries.
Listening to the past
History has a voice at Bugsworth Basins
Bugsworth Basins are one of our 25 recipients of a Red Transport Trust wheel
Places to eat:
There's a few benches at the basin and in Whaley Bridge
This is a great spot to bring some healthy duck snacks and get to know the local swans, ducks, coots and moorhens
By car - free parking at the basin
By boat - the nearest facilities, including water point, elsan and toilets, are available within Bugsworth Basin and are for all boaters to use, however there is some limited permanent moorings
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