Trent & Mersey Canal

Start date: July 22, 2022
End date: September 30, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Planned Stoppages

Operating Hours
Starts At: Lock 36 Stoke Bottom Lock
Ends At: Lk 60, Longcroft Lock – Offside

RESTRICTION (Monday 25 July 2022 until further notice)

Due to the low rainfall which has resulted in the drawdown of the reservoirs and other planned engineering work to our reservoirs, the Trust will be implementing temporary operating hours to the Trent & Mersey Canal between Locks 36 – 40 (Stoke) and Locks 41 – 60 (Kidsgrove – Sandbach) from Monday 25 July:

  • Monday to Sunday 8.00am – 12.00pm

The summit pound will remain open and passage through Harecastle Tunnel will be available between 8.00am and 12.00pm daily.

It’s not clear how long the restrictions will be in place, however if there is no significant, sustained rainfall it is likely further restrictions will be implemented. While the restrictions will restrict the use of the canal by boats, the towpath will remain open for visitors and the local community alike to enjoy.

In the meantime, boaters can help conserve water by:

Sharing locks where possible and making the best use of the water available.

Ensuring paddles are fully closed once they’ve passed through a lock.

Aiming for minimal contact when navigating through locks by ensuring gates are fully open as they pass through. Pushing gates open using a boat can damage the gate lining, increasing its leakage.