Volunteering at Bugsworth Basin

The restoration of Bugsworth Basin would not have happened if it had not been for volunteers. It took years of hard work and countless volunteer hours to re-open the basin to navigation.

Bugsworth Basin is now an attractive and interesting destination for boaters, walkers, outdoor pursuits groups, wildlife enthusiasts and those interested in industrial history. There is still plenty to do and we need more volunteers to continue the maintenance of the basin, and put our ideas for the future into practice.

Bugsworth Basin now attracts more than 50,000 visitors a year, many are interested in the history, the restoration and the future of the basin. We would like more volunteers who can talk to our visitors and we would like to develop a programme of guided history tours.

Costume not essential!

Help is needed in the shop to raise funds and meet and greet boaters, walkers etc.

New volunteers are always needed to ensure that the present high standards of maintenance are upheld. There is usually regular work such as grass cutting, weeding and other grounds maintenance and seasonal work of painting the bridges, railings and fences as well as ‘one off’ projects.



Problem solving

We have built a replica of a Peak Forest Tramway wagon which is now on display on original rails.

Our current project is constructing picnic tables, benches and planters using reclaimed oak balance beams.

Any help you could give, in any of these areas, whether on a regular basis or occasionally would be very welcome.

We have working parties on the third Sunday of every month between 10am and 3pm.  If you could spare any time to maintain this wonderful site with tasks such as painting fences and benches, edging flag stones and cutting back ivy from stone walls then please come along or contact us on the address below

Please contact us by email: bugsworthbasin@yahoo.com

Creocoting the fence in the field along side the towpath
Cutting back ivy on the drystone walls near the gift shop
Edging the flagstones alongside the canal
Filling in holes around the basin

A really successful first working party of the year at the basin. Twelve new volunteers turned up to help and so many jobs were completed. Great to see a family joining in together