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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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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.
Watching the waterwheel slide into motion has got to be the most satisfying part of my day as a volunteer at Claverton Pumping Station, Bath.
I'm Pete Dunn, chairman and maintenance coordinator of Claverton Pumping Station Adoption Group.
I feel privileged to work on a 200-year old structure that has such an important place in the story of the Kennet & Avon Canal. As a fan of industrial heritage, I passionately believe it is important that we keep these structures in good order to pass on to the next generation.
As a child, we lived in Bath and my Dad used to take us for Sunday walks along the canal so it’s always been part of my life. I can remember thinking “Wow!” the first time I saw the Dundas Aqueduct and water crossing the river up in the air. Although not a wildlife buff, I do appreciate the peace and open spaces the canal brings to my life.
Before I retired two years ago I was a mechanical engineer and I have put my skills to good use in every bit of the restoration and running of the station over the 25 years I have been volunteering here.
I typically spend two days a week at Claverton — four days in the run up to its re-opening in May this year. My wife Nicky has been volunteering here for eight years, taking care of our reorganisation as an adoption group and producing our Health and Safety and operations manuals.
I gain immense satisfaction from planning a project and getting it up and running. It took four years and cost about £23,000 to restore the waterwheel once its timbers had rotted away. We are a group of 15 volunteers; and many of us are very practical, yet the restoration was a huge learning curve for us all. For example, without previous experience, we had to craft and fit wooden gear teeth from scratch.
Following restoration, we did a test run in November and were anxious wondering whether it would turn. The relief and celebration as it started to move won’t be forgotten.
Another project we took on was the restoration of the canal crane at Burbage in 2005. It had rotted and fallen apart so we dismantled it and brought it to Claverton. Over two years we rebuilt the crane and it now stands proudly at Burbage once more
Part of my role is to be a tour guide on open days. I was reluctant to do this at first, but it has been good for me, and a pleasure. I meet some fascinating people and someone always throws up a question we can’t automatically answer, which makes us scratch our heads and do more research.
We do need more volunteers and ideally would double our numbers so that we could open every weekend.
This year we ran five pumping days. Wouldn’t it be great if we could offer more?
If you would like to volunteer at Claverton please email email@example.com or see www.claverton.org
More about Claverton
With a few more behind the scenes images and tales from the volunteers, read more about this engineering masterpiece
Love My Stretch
Everyone has their favourite place on the waterways, and we want to hear about yours. Make a donation today through Love My Stretch and you can claim your own special spot for a year
Interested in adopting?
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