Opening Times

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Last update: 3 May 2022

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Huddersfield Narrow Canal
Restrictions Lock 32E to Lock 42E & Lock 24W to Lock 32W & Standedge Tunnel
Starts At: Lock 32 East
Ends At: Lock 24 West

Update on 03/05/2022:

Please be advised, due to the operating times being implemented between Lock 24W and Lock 32W from 9 May, passage through Lock 24W during the dredging works between 16 May and 20 May has been amended and will now be available daily at the following times:

  • 8am – 9am
  • 1pm – 2pm
  • 4pm – 5pm

Please note, this is not an assisted passage. The car park at Wool Road Services will be closed for the duration of these works to allow safe crane operation.

BOOKING INFORMATION (8am Monday 9 May 2022 until further notice)

This year, due to restricted water resource available, we are at risk of being unable to keep the Huddersfield Narrow navigation open for the full boating season.

In order to preserve the water resource for as long as possible and for as many people to enjoy, we are introducing some changes.

As of 9th May 2022, passage through Lock 32E to Lock 42E will only be available to those that have a Standedge tunnel booking. Equally, passage through Lock 24W to Lock 32W will only be available for the same reason. A member of the Canal and River Trust team will be required on site to let you through onto this closed section and, where resource is available, we will also provide assistance with navigating through the locks within these closed sections. Experience has shown that errors made whilst navigating the top flights of both the East and West can cause significant water loss on the navigation and this would add to the already challenging water resource issue that we have.

In order to facilitate the above, we have made changes to the Standedge booking schedule as follows:

Monday: Diggle to Marsden passage only (afternoon)

For customers with a Diggle to Marsden booking for Monday, you will need to ensure that you are in position at Lock 24W by 0800 on Monday morning in order for the team to let you up through the closed section ready for your afternoon tunnel passage.

Once you have passed through Standedge tunnel, you will be required to stay overnight at Standedge/Lock 42E until 0800 the following morning (Tuesday), when the team will let you down through to Lock 32E.

Wednesday: Marsden to Diggle passage (morning) and Diggle to Marsden passage (afternoon)

For customers with a Marsden to Diggle booking for Wednesday, you will need to ensure that you are in position at Lock 32E by 1300 on Tuesday afternoon in order for the team to let you up through the closed section and be ready in position at Standedge overnight for your tunnel passage the next morning.  Once you have passed through Standedge tunnel, the team will let you down through to Lock 24W the same day.

For customers with a Diggle to Marsden booking for Wednesday, you will need to ensure you are in position at Lock 24W by 0800 Wednesday morning in order for the team to let you up through the closed section for your afternoon tunnel passage. Once you have passed through Standedge tunnel, you will be required to stay overnight at Standedge/Lock 42E until 0800 the following morning (Thursday), when the team will let you down through to Lock 32E.

Friday: Marsden to Diggle passage only (morning)

For customers with a Marsden to Diggle booking for Friday, you will need to ensure that you are in position at Lock 32E by 1300 on Thursday afternoon in order for the team to let you up through the closed section and be in position at Standedge overnight ready for your tunnel passage the next morning. Once you have passed through Standedge tunnel, the team will let you down through to Lock 24W the same day. 

Please note the following: 

  • Standedge tunnel bookings can only be made through our Customer service team on 0303 040 4040 Monday to Thursday 0900 to 1700 & 0900 to 1630 Friday. Please select the option for Yorkshire and North East Region when you call through. The ability to book tunnel passage online has been temporarily removed for this season to allow the team to discuss changes directly with you in detail before a booking can be made.
  • Any delays in navigating to your start point (32E and 24W) to be let through the closed section is likely to result in both our assistance and your Standedge tunnel booking being cancelled. If you are unable to reach the start point of the closed section on time or you no longer require tunnel passage please ensure you contact our Customer Service Team on 0303 040 4040 at the earliest opportunity to advise.
  • Boats will only be let through the closed sections at the time and date agreed as per your Standedge tunnel booking. If you arrive early at your start point you will be required to wait for our team member to attend to site.
  • Where resource permits, we will endeavour to provide a team member to additionally assist you through the locks on the closed sections. We will be unable to guarantee this assistance at the time of your booking as this availability will be dependent on resource on the actual day.
  • Our water resource this year will unfortunately not support those customers who wish to book a return journey through the tunnel as purely an experience, as oppose to requiring passage as part of your journey on the wider canal network. Therefore, customers will be unable to book return passage within a month of booking the outward passage.
  • These changes may be subject to further restrictions. This would include, but not limited to, if we experience worsening water resource issues and need to increase restrictions or, equally, if the water resource issues improve and restrictions can be relaxed.
  • We will contact anyone with tunnel passage booked from the 9th May to advise of these changes to ensure you still wish to proceed. Additionally, we will offer alternative dates for those passages already booked that we are unable to fulfil due to the schedule change.
  • These changes are in place to help keep the navigation open and to allow as many customers as possible to enjoy the navigation this season. We appreciate your support in understanding the changes that we have needed to implement.

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River Great Ouse – Tidal River

Denver Car Park

ADVICE (Monday 25 April 2022 until rescinded)

Please be advised as a result of ongoing antisocial behaviour and illegal activities being perpetrated at Denver Car Park, this will now be locked until further notice.

The car park can still be accessed by a navigation key. Please ensure the gate is closed and relocked upon entries/exits to/from the site.

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Weaver Navigation
Summer Opening Times 2022 – Vale Royal, Hunts, Saltersford and Dutton Locks, Weaver Navigation
Starts At: Vale Royal Small Lock
Ends At: Dutton Large Lock

OPENING TIMES (8.30am Friday 8 April until 5pm Sunday 30 October 2022)

Following feedback from our customers, as of Friday 8 April 2022 until, and inclusive of Sunday 30 October 2022, Vale Royal, Hunts, Saltersford and Dutton Locks on the Weaver Navigation will be open to navigation 7 days a week.

Lock keepers will be onsite to operate the 4 locks as per the following times. No booking required.

From Friday 8 April until, and inclusive of Friday 29 April, the following times will apply:

  • Monday to Sunday: 8:30am to 5pm, last passage at 4:30pm.

Over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, from Saturday 16 April until, and inclusive of Monday 18 April, the following times will apply:

  • 9:30am – 6pm, last passage 5:30pm

From Saturday 30 April, until and inclusive of Sunday 11 September, the following times will apply:

  • Monday to Friday: 8:30am – 5pm, last passage at 4:30pm
  • Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 9:30am – 6pm, last passage at 5:30pm

Please note, due to resources within the Trust, the following Bank Holidays will operate as per normal Monday to Friday hours, 8:30am – 5pm, last passage at 4:30pm:

  • Good Friday, Friday 15 April 2022
  • Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Friday 3 June 2022

Passage through the 4 locks on Tuesday 12 July 2022 is suspended, subject to change. Confirmed notice will be provided nearer the time.

Due to reduced daylight hours, from Monday 12 September until, and inclusive of Sunday 30 October 2022, the following times will apply:

  • Monday to Sunday: 8:30am to 5pm, last passage at 4:30pm.

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Macclesfield and Peak Forest Canals

Intersection of: Lock 1 to Lock 12 on Macclesfield Canal and Lock 1 to Lock 16 on Peak Forest Canal

Update on 22/04/2022:

Please be reminded, from Monday 25 April 2022 the following lock flight operating times will apply across the Macclesfield & Peak Forest canals:

Bosley Lock Flight – open Sundays and Thursdays

  • Open from 8:30am to allow passage through the flight. Last boat entry to the flight will be at 1pm, and all boats must have exited the flight by 4pm.

Marple Lock Flight – open Tuesdays and Saturdays

  • Open from 8:30am to allow passage through the flight. Last boat entry to the flight will be at 12 noon, and all boats must have exited the flight by 4pm.

Following essential maintenance works at Bosley Reservoir over the winter, requiring the reservoir to be drawn down; coupled with the on-going repair works at Toddbrook Reservoir, we are starting the upcoming main boating season with much less water than normal.  Unfortunately, this means that there will be limited supply of water to support navigation in the North West this spring and summer.

The Trust is providing additional resources to this area to support our water management activities and will have teams of volunteer lock keepers helping to conserve as much water as possible.

You can help us conserve water by ensuring paddles are fully closed once you have passed through a lock.

We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption this may cause to your boating plans. By implementing these operating times, we hope it will allow boaters to plan your journeys knowing what to expect over the summer months as our teams continue to work hard to conserve water at every opportunity.

Our teams will continue to monitor our reservoir holdings throughout the season and where possible, amend the operating times should the situation improve. Please note, these operating times will remain under review and could be subject to change.

If you would like to know more about the reservoir situation, you can find more information, here.

Filmed last summer, this video provides some further background information to the works at our reservoirs which, because they require the water to be drained, is limiting water supply.  The works mentioned in the film at Bosley Reservoir are now complete.  However, rain is needed to refill the Bosley Reservoir following the completion of the works and we start the main boating season with the reservoir nearly empty.

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Montgomery Canal
Frankton Locks Summer Opening 2022
Starts At: Lock 1, Frankton Locks
Ends At: Lock 4, Frankton Locks

BOOKING INFORMATION (Monday 4 April until Monday 31 October 2022)

Frankton Locks are open from 9am to 12noon daily (including Bank Holidays). Booking is required for passage through the locks. Customers can book up to the end of the day before passage.

*Please note we do not accept bookings on the day of passage*

Online booking is available, please click to Book your passage online here

If you have difficulty booking online, please contact 0303 0404040 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm Saturday & Sunday.

Customers are advised that there is a maximum of 12 boats allowed down the locks and 12 boats allowed up the locks per day. Booking well in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment. There is a minimum of 1 night and a maximum of 14 nights stay.  

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Anderton Boat Lift

Summer Operating Times 2022

Intersection of: Anderton Boat Lift to Anderton Boat Lift on Weaver Navigation and Basin Footbridge, Anderton Boat Lift to Basin Footbridge, Anderton Boat Lift on Trent & Mersey Canal

OPENING TIMES (9.30am Friday 1 April until 4.30pm Monday 31 October 2022)

The Lift will be operating 7 days a week.

  • Friday to Wednesday – 9:30am till 4:30pm
  • Thursday – 10:45am till 4:30pm, to allow for weekly inspections

Please note, we will be carrying out monthly routine inspections on the Lift every first Thursday of the month. The Queen’s Jubilee, Thursday 2 June will be open as normal, and inspections will be carried out on Thursday 9 June 2022 instead.

Please be advised, passages on Tuesday 12 July 2022 have been suspended, subject to change. Confirmed notice will be provided nearer the time.

It is important that all boats travelling through the Lift have the correct license, a valid Boat Safety Certificate and insurance. Please make sure your details are up to date prior to booking as these will be checked during the booking sequence.

All passages must be booked in advance, we will not be able to take bookings onsite. Bookings can be made via your online account. Alternatively, you can call and book with our team by calling 0303 0404040 between Monday to Friday, 8.30am till 5pm and Saturday & Sunday, 10am till 2pm.

Next available slot on the day is free of charge, however this passage is subject to availability, otherwise, charges of passage do apply.

Please ensure that you arrive at the holding area 30 minutes before the scheduled passage.

This window gives our staff an opportunity to visually check the boat for any potential issues, and more importantly, allows time for the safety briefing to be delivered and to answer any questions that might arise.

You will be charged the full amount should you fail to turn up for your booked passage. Failing to turn up has an adverse impact on the efficiency of the Lift and our limited operational staff.

Before travel, please check our Water Level and Strong Stream Warning Page.

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Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal)

Foxton Lock Flight
Starts At: Lock 8
Ends At: Lock 17

OPENING TIMES (Monday 28 March 2022 until Sunday 26 February 2023)

28th March 22 – 18th September 22 –

Open 8am

Last Boat 6:15pm

Close 7pm. 

19th September 22 – 16th October 22 –

Open 8am

Last Boat 5:15pm

Close 6pm. 

17th October 22 – 26th March 23

Open 9am

Last Boat 2:45pm

Close 3:30pm

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Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal)

Watford Lock Flight
Starts At: Lock 1
Ends At: Lock 7

OPENING TIMES (Monday 28 March 2022 until Sunday 26 March 2023)

28th March 22 – 18th September 22 –

Open 8am

Last Boat 6:15pm

Close 7pm. 

19th September 22 – 16th October 22 –

Open 8am

Last Boat 5:15pm

Close 6pm. 

17th October 22 – 26th March 23

Open 9am

Last Boat 2:45pm

Close 3:30pn.

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Huddersfield Narrow Canal
Standedge Tunnel 2022

Up Stream Winding Hole: Standedge Visitor Centre
Down Stream Winding Hole: Diggle Brook

BOOKING INFORMATION (Monday 28 March until Sunday 30 October 2022)

A limited number of passages have been released to allow our customers to book ahead for the year.

Customers can book these passages through the Passages/Tunnels section of the ‘My Boat Licencing’ area of the Canal & River Trust Website, or by calling 03030 404040

At present, we have availability on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the main season and have released 1 passage each way on these days.

Further Slots will be released closer to the main season.

You can view this notice and its map online here:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/21425/standedge-tunnel-2022-booking-information

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Summer 2022 – Newlay, Forge & Kirkstall Locks
Starts At: Lock 13, Newlay Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 7, Kirkstall Little Lock

OPENING TIMES (8am Saturday 19 March until 3pm Monday 31 October 2022)

Through the 2022 summer season, Newlay, Forge & Kirkstall locks will be available for self-operation between the hours of 08:00 and 16:00 daily. However, there will be roving lock keepers between Leeds & Newlay to offer assistance through the locks if required.

Please note that the locks will padlocked at 16:00 every evening.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Bingley 3 & 5 Rise Locks – Summer 2022
Starts At: Lock 29, Bingley 5 Rise Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 22, Bingley 3 Rise Bottom Lock

OPENING TIMES (8am Saturday 19 March until 3pm Monday 31 October 2022)

Through the 2022 summer season, our customer operations team will be on site to offer assisted passage through Bingley 3 & 5 Rise locks.

Morning

Passages down the lock flights between 08:00-10:00, last entry at 09:00.

Passages up the lock flights between 10:00-12:00, last entry at 11:00.

Afternoon

Passages down the lock flight between 13:00-15:00, last entry at 14:00.

Passages up the lock flight between 15:00-17:00, last entry at 16:00.

These timings are to help ensure that the locks are available to as many customers as possible. Lock keepers can use their discretion in quiet times to minimise disruption and ensure everyone can enjoy their visit.

As from 1st October, the last entry through these locks will be 3:00pm, due to the reduced daylight hours.

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Rochdale Canal
Tuel Lane Lock – Summer Booking Information
Starts At: Lock 1
Ends At: Lock 3/4

Update on 25/04/2022:

A Canal & River Trust lock keeper is present on the following days:

Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday between the dates above (No booking required). On these days, the operating times for Tuel lock are first boat entry at 8.00am with last passage at 4:00pm, except for Sunday where first passage is 10am.

An online booking system is in operation for passage on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Passage between 10:00am and 3:00pm

To make a booking, please sign into the online licensing pages and click on ‘my boats’, followed by the ‘bookings’ section.

https://licensing.canalrivertrust.org.uk/Account/SignIn

If you are unable to use the online system, please call 0303 040 4040 

It is essential that anyone requiring passage during this time books at least 48 hours in advance to ensure we will have a Canal & River Trust lock keeper onsite.

Tuel Lock (Lock 3/4), Sowerby Bridge is operated by a Canal & River Trust lock keeper. Please follow the local signage and the lock keeper’s instructions.

Do not enter the tunnel (below lock 3/4) before contacting the lock keeper.

Locks 1 and 3/4 will be padlocked outside of the normal entry hours specified above.

BOOKING INFORMATION (8am Friday 18 March until 4pm Monday 7 November 2022)

A Canal & River Trust lock keeper is present on the following days:

Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday between the dates above (No booking required). On these days, the operating times for Tuel lock are first boat entry at 8.00am with last passage at 4:00pm, except for Sunday where first passage is 10am.

An online booking system is in operation for passage on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Passage between 10:00am and 3:00pm

To make a booking, please sign into the online licensing pages and click on ‘my boats’, followed by the ‘bookings’ section.

https://licensing.canalrivertrust.org.uk/Account/SignIn

If you are unable to use the online system, please call 0303 040 4040 

It is essential that anyone requiring passage during this time books at least 24 hours in advance to ensure we will have a Canal & River Trust lock keeper onsite.

Tuel Lock (Lock 3/4), Sowerby Bridge is operated by a Canal & River Trust lock keeper. Please follow the local signage and the lock keeper’s instructions.

Do not enter the tunnel (below lock 3/4) before contacting the lock keeper.

Locks 1 and 3/4 will be padlocked outside of the normal entry hours specified above.

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River Severn Navigation
Opening times for 2022
Starts At: Lock 2 Gloucester Lock
Ends At: Lock 9 Lincomb Lock

ADVICE (2pm Friday 18 March 2022 until further notice)

Update on 18/03/2022:

Further to the notice below, please be advised that the locks on the River Severn require 24 hours notice for advanced bookings until 28th March 2022 .

Please call Gloucester Lock on 01452 310832 if you wish to book passage.

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Birmingham & Fazeley Canal
Cambrian House

Cambrian Wharf

Update on 08/04/2022:

While Cambrian House is still closed, our Customer Support team will be working from the nearby Toll House Sunday – Friday from 1pm – 4pm to help with any customer enquiries.

We will also be selling keys and pump out cards which will be sold for cash only.

ADVICE (12noon Friday 11 March 2022 until further notice)

Cambrian House will be closing to the public on Thursday 17th March at 4pm for refurbishment, reopening with new gifts and offers early summer.

Customers can find us at the nearby Toll House from Sunday 10th April, selling cards & keys, providing information & advice, maps and leaflets.

We will provide an update shortly advising the opening times of the Toll House.

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Selby Canal
Assisted passage, booking needed
Selby Swingbridge 1

Update on 11/03/2022:

We have had to remove the running gear which open/close the Selby Swingbridge to be refurbished.Due to this bridge is now closed and the power to the pedestal turned off.

It is currently now unable to swing, but will be done manually and safely by two members of our Operative Team for skippers.

Assisted passage will be available starting from Monday 14th March with the operating hours will be between 09:00 and 15:00 each day.

Due to the number of staff available, we need to be given 48 hours notice by phoning the Customer Service Team on 03030 404040 and we can book in the date and times that is wished for.

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Trent & Mersey Canal

Summer Opening Times 2022
Harecastle Tunnel

BOOKING INFORMATION (Tuesday 1 March until Monday 31 October 2022)

Harecastle Tunnel Summer opening times from 1st March 2022 to 31st October 2022: 

Open passages are available from 8am to 12 noon, Monday to Sunday. Un-booked (Open) passages must arrive at the tunnel portal between 8am and 12 noon. There is no guarantee of passage for arrivals after 12 noon unless pre booked online at Book your passage here 

Bookable passages are available Southbound (Kidsgrove to Tunstall) at 2pm and 4pm and Northbound (Tunstall to Kidsgrove) at 3pm. 

For direct tunnel enquiries please email eventsnorthstaffs@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Please always follow the directions of our team members on site. Passage is only permitted with a working horn and tunnel light; at present we are unable to lend such items.

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Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

Starts At: Bridge 3, Purton Lower
Ends At: Bridge 24, Llanthony Lift Bridge

OPENING TIMES 2022

From January 2022 to the 28th March

Open Thursday to Monday between 08:00 & 16:00

Closed on a Tuesday and Wednesday

From 29th March to the 15th May

Open seven days a week between 08:00 & 18:00

From 16th May to the 25th September 

Open seven days a week between 08:00 & 19:00

From the 26th September to the 16th October 

Open seven days a week between 08:00 & 18:00

From the 17th October until the 19th March 2023

Open seven days a week, between 08:00 & 16:00

Please note

*During school term times Llanthony Bridge and Fretherne Bridge, two of our busy road bridges are closed to boat traffic from 08:20 to 09:00 Monday to Friday, in accordance with agreed protocols with Gloucestershire County Council

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River Severn Navigation
Location: River Severn – Opening times for 2022
Starts At: Lock 2 Gloucester Lock
Ends At: Lock 9 Lincomb Lock

OPENING TIMES

From 29th March to the 15th May

Open seven days a week between 08:00 & 18:00

From 16th May to the 25th September 

Open seven days a week between 08:00 & 19:00

From the 26th September to the 16th October 

Open seven days a week between 08:00 & 18:00

From the 17th October until the 19th March 2023

Open seven days a week, between 08:00 & 16:00

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Erewash Canal
Trent Lock – Customer Service Facilities

OPENING TIMES (10.45am Monday 13 December 2021 until further notice)

In the interest of safety the customer service facilities at Trent Lock will remain closed until further notice.

Our contractors will be on site at the earliest opportunity. As soon as repairs are complete this notice will be updated.

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Grand Union Canal

Bridge 147, W’Well Swingbridge

RESTRICTION (4pm Wednesday 8 December 2021 until further notice)

Please be aware, due to a vandalism to the key operation, Winkwell Swing Bridge 147 will be operated by CRT operatives at the following times for navigation until further notice.

0900am & 1500pm.

Colleagues will let through waiting boats at these times but will not remain on site.

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River Nene

Dog in a Doublet Lock – Lower Nene

ADVICE (Thursday 25 November 2021 until further notice)

Please be aware that the process for locking vessels through Dog
in a Doublet Lock has now changed. If you wish to book lock
passage please call Lindon Wise, River Inspector on 07920
087741.

Please note 48 hours advanced notice is required in order to book a
locking.

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Montgomery Canal
Frankton Locks, Montgomery Canal Winter Opening 2021/22
Starts At: Lock 1, Frankton Locks
Ends At: Lock 4, Frankton Locks

BOOKING INFORMATION (Monday 8 November 2021 until Monday 4 April 2022)

Winter Season 2021/ 2022

Frankton Locks are operated from 9am to 12 noon daily. Booking is required 48 hours prior to passage during winter period.

You can book online – Book your passage online here or via Customer Services on 03030 40 40 40.

Please note only boats with a booking will be allowed passage through the locks. Customers are advised that there is a maximum of 12 boats allowed down the locks and 12 boats allowed up the locks in any one day and booking well in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment. There is a minimum of 1 night and a maximum of 14 nights stay.

If you have any questions, please call us on 0303 040 4040.

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Rochdale Canal
Tuel Lane Lock – Winter Booking Information – Nov 2021 to March 2022
Starts At: Lock 1
Ends At: Lock 3/4

BOOKING INFORMATION (9.30am Tuesday 2 November 2021 until 1.30pm Thursday 17 March 2022)

Please note our Winter opening times will operate from 2nd November 2021 to 17th March 2022.

During this period, our volunteer team will be available to provide passage through Tuel Lane Lock from Monday to Friday only with opening entry into Lock 1 09:30 and last entry 13:30.

Bookings can be made on-line or by calling our Yorkshire & North East office on 03030 404040 during office hours (8:00am to 5:00pm) giving at least 48 hours notice of your booking to ensure we will have the team members onsite.

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Weaver Navigation
Anderton Boat Lift

OPENING TIMES (9am Monday 1 November 2021 until 5pm Thursday 31 March 2022)

Anderton Boat Lift Winter Operating Times 2021

From 1st November 2021 until 31st March 2022, the Lift is operating Mondays and Fridays only.

Passage will be available 10:00 – 14:30 both days.

The lift will be closed for the festive period from Friday 24th December 2021 until Monday 3rd January 2022 (inclusive) and for the 2 winter stoppages (6th to 19th December 2021 and 14th February – 4th March 2022).

It is important that all boats travelling through the Lift have the correct license, Boat Safety Certificate and valid insurance. Please make sure your details are up to date prior to booking as these will be checked during the booking sequence.

Bookings can be made via your online account. Alternatively, you can call and book with our team by calling 03030 404040 between Monday to Friday, 8.30am till 5pm and Saturday & Sunday, 10am till 2pm.

Please ensure that you arrive at the holding area 30 minutes before the scheduled passage.

This window gives our staff an opportunity to visually check the boat for any potential issues, and more importantly, allows time for the safety briefing to be delivered and to answer any questions that might arise.

You will be charged the full amount should you fail to turn up for your booked passage. Failing to turn up has an adverse impact on the efficiency of the Lift and our limited operational staff.

You can view this notice and its map online here:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/20777/anderton-boat-lift

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Location: Winter Opening Hours 2021/2022 Bingley 3 & 5 Rise & Kirkstall, Forge & Newlay Locks
Starts At: Lock 29, Bingley 5 Rise Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 7, Kirkstall Little Lock

Monday 1 November 2021 09:00 until Thursday 31 March 2022 13:00

Type: Booking Information

Original message:

From 1st November 2021 to 31st March 2022 Bingley Three & Five Rise locks and Kirkstall to Newlay Locks (7-13) can be booked with a minimum of 72 hours notice.

First passage is available from 9am and the last passage is 1pm daily.

Following the last daily passage these locks will be locked up.

Christmas & New Year:

Please be advised that all the above locks will be closed to passage on the 25th & 26th December 2020 and the 1st of January 2021.

To make a booking, please sign in to the online licensing pages and click on ‘my boats’, followed by the ‘bookings’ section.

https://licensing.canalrivertrust.org.uk/Account/SignIn

Please note if you need to canal your booking please phone 03030 40 40 40 Monday to Friday and 0800 47 999 47 Saturday & Sunday.

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Trent & Mersey Canal
Winter Opening Times 2021/22
Harecastle Tunnel

BOOKING INFORMATION (Monday 1 November 2021 until Monday 28 February 2022)

During the winter season 2021/22, booking will be required for all passages through the Harecastle Tunnel.

From Monday 1st November to Monday 28th February 2022, booking slots are available between 8am to 12noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only: –

North to South – 8am & 10am

South to North – 9am & 11am

Please book at least 48 hours prior to passage as we will be unable to accommodate late arrivals.

To make a booking for tunnel passage, Please click here to book; alternatively, please call 0303 0404040.

Please follow the directions of our team members on site at all times. Passage is only permitted with a working horn and tunnel light; at present we are unable to lend such items.

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Weaver Navigation
Town Swing Bridge, Northwich

Update on 25/10/2021:

We are pleased to advise repair works to Town Swing Bridge on the Weaver Navigation have been successful and the bridge is now fully operational to larger vessels. If your vessel has an air draught greater than 7ft 6ins / 2.3m and would like to book passage, you can do so by calling our North-West Customer Support team on 03030 404040 to arrange an appointment. Appointments can be made between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday and we politely request at least 24 hours’ notice.

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Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal)
Location: Foxton Lock Flight – Grand Union Canal Leicester Line
Starts At: Lock 8
Ends At: Lock 17

OPENING TIMES (until Sunday 27 March 2022)

Update on 20/10/2021:

Foxton Lock winter hours of 9:30am until 3:30pm, last boat in at 2:45pm, will begin on the 25th October 2021.

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Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal)
Location: Watford Lock Flight – Grand Union Canal Leicester Line
Starts At: Lock 1
Ends At: Lock 7

OPENING TIMES (until Sunday 27 March 2022)

Update on 20/10/2021:

Watford Lock winter hours of 9:30am until 3:30pm, last boat in at 2:45pm, will begin on the 25th October 2021.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Starts At: Lock 57, Bottom Lock
Ends At: Lock 52, Top Lock

RESTRICTION (2pm Monday 27 September 2021 until further notice)

Please be advised the following opening times will be implemented between Lock 57, Bottom Lock and Lock 52, Top Lock, Blackburn, on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal to oversee safe use of the locks and to reduce the risk of vandalism.

The Locks will be open for navigation between:
• 8.30am – 3.30pm Daily
Outside of the above operating hours the locks will be padlocked closed.

The local team will be attending regularly to ensure the water levels are maintained.
It is not clear how long the restrictions will be in place. 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.
If you experience any issues, please call our North West Customer Support Team on 03030 404040.

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Trent & Mersey Canal

Etruria Lock Flight, Stoke on Trent
Starts At: Lock 40 Summit Lock
Ends At: Lock 36 Stoke Bottom Lock

RESTRICTION (1pm Sunday 19 September 2021 until further notice)

Navigation will be closed from 18:00 and reopened at 08:00. This is due to vandalism of lock gates and loss of water. Canal & River Trust apologies for this inconvenience .

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Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation

Update on 17/09/2021:

Due to the damaged heel post the lock will not be available for self operation.

Until the repair works are complete, assisted passage will be available daily at 12:00.

No booking is required, however all craft wishing to pass through Long Sandall Lock will need to be present at the Lock before 12:00 on the day of passage.

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Grand Union Canal

Bridge 147, Winkwell Swingbridge

RESTRICTION (2pm Wednesday 11 August 2021 until further notice)

Please be aware, due to a technical fault, Winkwell Swing Bridge 147 will be operated by CRT operatives at the following times to for navigation until further notice.
0900am, 1200pm & 1500pm.
Colleagues will let through waiting boats at these times but will not remain on site.

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Rochdale Canal
Starts At: Lock 36
Ends At: Lock 37, West Summit

RESTRICTION (1pm Wednesday 4 August 2021 until further notice)

Please be advised the following opening times will be implemented between Lock 36 and Lock 37, West Summit on the Rochdale Canal to oversee safe use of the locks and to reduce the risk of vandalism:

  • 8am – 4pm Daily

The above locks will be padlocked closed outside of these times, and the local team will be attending regularly to ensure the water levels are maintained.

It is 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.

If you experience any issues, please call our North West Customer Support Team on 03030 404040.

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Grand Union Canal
Lock 99, Clitheroes Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: GU-216-001 Three Bridges
Down Stream Winding Hole: GU-220-017 Brentford Lock Bridge

Update on 11/06/2021:

Please be advised that Clitheroes Lock will now be manned between 7:30am and 10am, Monday to Friday, until further notice to allow boats to pass through.

Outside of these times the navigation will remain closed until more repairs are undertaken.

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Leigh Branch (L&L)/Rochdale Canal/Trent & Mersey Canal

Bridgewater Canal Passage

Intersection of: Bridge 10, A572 Road Bridge to Bridge 10, A572 Road Bridge on Leigh Branch (L&L Canal) and Lock 92 Castlefield to Lock 92 Castlefield on Rochdale Canal and Preston Brook Tunnel to Preston Brook Tunnel on Trent & Mersey Canal

BOOKING INFORMATION (until further notice)

An agreement between the Trust and the Bridgewater Canal Company means that boaters can now spend up to ten days cruising away from their home navigation free of charge. There are no restrictions about how far you can travel, but you will need to book your passage online and return to your home navigation authority within the ten days. You can revisit the other authority’s water again after a 28-day period.

You can see more information on booking a passage, here.

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Trent & Mersey Canal

Customer Services Facilities at Westport Lake Visitor Centre
Westport Br 128-127A Visitor Mooring

ADVICE (1pm Tuesday 25 May 2021 until further notice)

The Customer Service Facilities at Westport Lake Visitor Centre, provided by owners Stoke on Trent City Council for use by visiting boaters, are not currently fit for public use. We are working with the Council and Visitor Centre tenants, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, to find a long-term solution to bring these back up to standard and into use; but for now, the facilities are closed to ensure public safety.
Alternative facilities are provided South of Westport Lake on the Caldon Canal at Etruria Junction, or North at Harecastle Tunnel North Portal.

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