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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
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Woodlesford Lock, Woodlesford, West Yorkshire LS26 8PU
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The towpath and picnic area are open daily
Once you're there, it won't cost you a thing
The nearest toilets are for customers of the village pubs, café and hotel.
Just five miles from Leeds, Woodlesford Lock on the Aire & Calder Navigation, is one of the best places to escape the city and enjoy country walks. The navigation was built to connect Leeds to the Humber and the North Sea. Unique to this navigation were ‘Tom Puddings’, huge open containers for carrying coal, linked together and pushed along by tugs. The waterway still carries commercial traffic but today, it makes its way through peaceful countryside.
This area is also famous for its rich variety of wildlife - and places to spot them. The towpath runs right along the side of Rothwell Country Park. And if you're really quiet you might even spot a Gruffalo!
Take to the towpath:
Places to eat:
Picnic benches are close to Woodlesford Lock (just watch out for the Gruffalo!)
By car - there's a small, free car park next to Woodlesford Lock. Or you can find some parking in the village centre
By train - Woodlesford train station is in the village with regular services from Leeds
By bus - the bus route 446 runs from Wakefield to leeds through Woodlesford
By boat - as well as our waterside moorings, you'll find a couple of water points
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