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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.
Planning your visit
History & Heritage
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Tolney Lane, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1BZ
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Newark was once an important inland port on the mighty River Trent. Today, exploring the lovely old riverside buildings provides a great family day out. The River Trent was a major working river until after the Second World War. At Newark, cargo such as wool, coal, grain and timber was unloaded on the wharves and stored in warehouses. Many of the old buildings have been converted into cafes and there are locks, bridges and boats to discover too.
Nearby Newark Castle valiantly watches over this stretch of the mighty river. The castle has quiet garden areas with seating and there is access to the castle's walls and dungeons. Plus, there is a bandstand that plays host to seasonal concerts.
Riverside Park and the castle grounds are both ideal for picnics. The sensory garden next to Newark Town Lock, cared for by local volunteers, is a lovely quiet spot too.
The river is a great place to kick back and see how many different types of water bird you can spot in five minutes. Check out our nature guides to see how many creature you can name.
By car - there's a public pay & display car park on Tolney Lane.
By train - Newark Castle station is just a few minutes walk to the rverside and fo there you can stroll right along the towpath to Newark Town Lock. Newark North Gate is 15 mins walk to the lock.
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