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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
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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
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Canal & River Trust car park (P&D), The Locks, Devizes, SN10 1QR
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The towpath is always open. And our welcome boat, depending on volunteer availability, is generally open Wednesday to Sunday 10.00am-3.00pm.
Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
For customers of the local pub/café
The Kennet & Avon Canal has awesome examples of canal engineering. The 16 locks that form the steepest part of the flight at Caen Hill are not only a scheduled ancient monument, they are an Olympic sized challenge every boater must do. This 'wonder of the waterway' is literally a right of passage! (Or should that be a flight of passage?)
Caen Hill (pronounced ‘cane’ by the way), is one of the longest continuous flight of locks in the country - a total of 29 locks with a rise of 237 feet over 2 miles with a 1 in 44 gradient for anyone who's counting!
But you don’t have to be a boater to appreciate this beautiful waterway. Visit our Welcome boat, Admiral, for activity sheets on pond dipping and information and stories about the locks before taking a stroll over to our newly planted, Diamond Jubilee Wood.
A back pump at Foxhangers is capable of returning 7 million gallons of water per day to the top of the flight. That’s one lockful every 11 minutes.
Canal & River Trust
Just a short walk up the towpath is:
Places to eat:
Benches dotted up and down the flight as well around some of the ponds
The side ponds next to the locks are an excellent wildlife habitat. The resident kingfisher can often be seen, dragonflies and butterflies fly overhead, and fish leap out of the water and dart through the reeds.
By car - SATNAV postcode SN10 1RF. Our Canal & River Trust pay & display car park is off of Marsh Lane and costs £1 for four hours.
By boat - the locks typically take 5–6 hours to traverse in a boat. Check their opening times.
If you're thinking of travelling up (or down) the flight you'll need to talk to our volunteer lock keepers as they have the experience to make sure the water is conserved during your passage.
There are visitor and lock waiting moorings at the top lock and some visitor moorings as well as boating services near the bottom of the main 16 flight locks.
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