Opening Times

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Last update: 12th June 2019



Chesterfield Canal

Lock 65, West Stockwith Lock

BOOKING INFORMATION (until 8pm Sunday 30 June 2019)

The  Lock keeping hours are based on serviceable tides.

For enquiries please telephone West Stockwith Lock on 01427 890204.

Tue 11-Fri 14 June 1-9pm
Sat 15 June 7-11am and 5-9pm
Sun 16 June 7am-12noon and 6-9pm
Mon 17-Wed 19 June 7am-3pm
Thur 20 June 8am-4pm
Fri 21-Sat 22 June 9am-5pm
Sun 23-Mon 24 June 10am-6pm
Tue 25 June 12noon-8pm
Wed 26-Sat 29 June 1-0pm
Sun 30 June 7am-12noon and 5-8pm
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Fossdyke  Canal:

Lock 1, Torksey Lock

OPENING TIMES (until Sunday 30 June 2019)

12th 12noon-8pm
13th 7-11.30am and 5.30-9pm
14th 7am-12noon and 6-9pm

15th 7am-1pm and 7-9pm
16th 7am-3pm
17-18th 8am-4pm
19-20th 9am-5pm
21st-24th 10am-6pm
25-26th 11am-7pm
27-28th 12noon-8pm
29th 7am-12noon and 6-9pm
30th 7am-12.30pm and 6.30-9pm
The above Lock keeping hours are based on serviceable tides.
For enquiries please telephone Torksey Lock on 01427 718202

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River Witham

Lock 4, Boston Lock

OPENING TIMES (until Sunday 30 June 2019)

12-Jun 11.30am-5.30pm
13-Jun 12.30-6.30pm
14-Jun 1.30-7.30pm
15-Jun 7-8am and 3-8pm
16-Jun 7.30-8.30am and 3.30-8.30pm
17-Jun 8-9am and 4-9pm
18-Jun 8.30-9.30am and 4-9pm
19-Jun 9am-2pm and 5.30-6.30pm
20-Jun 9.30am-2.30pm and 6.30-7.30pm
21-Jun 7am-12noon and 7-8pm
22-Jun 7am-12noon and 7.30-8.30pm
23-Jun 7.30am-1.30pm
24-Jun 8.30am-2.30pm
25-Jun 9am-3pm
26-Jun 9.30am-3.30pm
27-Jun 10.30am-4.30pm
28-Jun 12noon-6pm
29-Jun 1-7pm
30-Jun 2-8pm
All   booking requests will require your User contact details to be given. No   bookings will be given without the required contact information.

For further information please contact   Boston Lock on 01205 364864 or 07712010920
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Rochdale Canal

Starts At: Lock 7
Ends At: Lock 11

Update on 06/06/2019:

Overnight restrictions as follows

No restrictions will be in place from 9am Monday until 4pm Friday.

Weekend overnight restrictions from 4pm Friday until 9am Monday in place between only Lock 7 and Lock 11.

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Grand Union Canal

Starts At: Lock 14, Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 21, Cosgrove Lock

Monday 3 June 2019 10:00 until further notice

Type: Navigation Restriction
Reason: Water resources

Original message:

Levels within reservoirs feeding the Leicester Summit and Grand Union Mainline are lower than usual for the time of year following below average rainfall over the last eleven months.

In order to maximise the available water the Trust is taking the sensible precaution of locking targeted locks up overnight. This measure is intended to reduce the potential for water losses overnight and allow backpumps more time to transfer water from the Braunston Summit onto the Leicester Summit.

Boaters also have a really important role to play and we ask that they help us to save water by making sure that all gates and paddles are closed after use, sharing a lock if possible and waiting for oncoming boats where appropriate.

For more water saving tips go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/a-guide-to-boating

From the 3rd June, lock opening hours will be:

10am to 4pm

[last entry on the flight 3pm]

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Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal)

Starts At: Lock 18 – Kibworth Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 22 – Cranes Lock

Monday 3 June 2019 09:00 until further notice

Type: Navigation Restriction
Reason: Water resources

Original message:

Levels within reservoirs feeding the Leicester Summit and Grand Union Mainline are lower than usual for the time of year following below average rainfall over the last eleven months.

In order to maximise the available water the Trust is taking the sensible precaution of locking targeted locks up overnight. This measure is intended to reduce the potential for water losses overnight and allow backpumps more time to transfer water from the Braunston Summit onto the Leicester Summit.

Boaters also have a really important role to play and we ask that they help us to save water by making sure that all gates and paddles are closed after use, sharing a lock if possible and waiting for oncoming boats where appropriate.

For more water saving tips go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/a-guide-to-boating

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Stainforth & Keadby Canal

Keadby Lock

BOOKING INFORMATION (6am Saturday 1 June 2019 until 5pm Thursday 31 October 2019)

You can view this notice and its map online here:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/15392/lock-keeper-shift-timestide-times-keadby-lock-june-2019

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Rivers Welland and Glen

Information for boaters from EA:

8:44am, 16 May 2019: We have increased the price of a navigation key to lift the traffic control barriers to £15.

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Grand Union Canal
Starts At: Lock 8
Ends At: Lock 11

RESTRICTION (9am Monday 6 May 2019 until further notice)

After a relatively dry winter, following on from
last year’s exceptionally dry summer – one of the hottest and driest on record
– reservoirs feeding some parts of the Oxford and Grand Union Canals have not refilled as quickly as would normally be expected.

Recent heavy storms have not been able to compensate for a continued period of below average rainfall that goes back to June 2018 and that has meant some reservoirs in this area have not refilled as we would normally expect. For example Naseby Reservoir, our largest reservoir serving this part of the canal network, started the season around 60% full.

In order to maximise the available water the Trust is taking the sensible precaution of locking targeted locks up overnight. This measure is intended to reduce the potential for water losses overnight and allow backpumps more time to transfer water from the Braunston Summit onto the Leicester Summit.

We will continue to monitor our reservoir storage and canal opening hours with a view to keeping disruption to a minimum whilst balancing a need to save water.

Boaters also have a really important role to play and we ask that they help us to save water by making sure that all gates and paddles are closed after use, sharing a lock if possible and waiting for oncoming boats where appropriate.

For more water saving tips go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/a-guide-to-boating

In the days preceding, during (25th to 27th May) and following Crick Boat Show opening hours will be relaxed to allow boat traffic to navigate to and from the event with minimal disruption.

From the 6th May, lock opening hours will be:

9am to 5pm (last entry on the flight 4pm)

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Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal)
Starts At: Lock 1
Ends At: Lock 17

RESTRICTION (9am Monday 6 May 2019 until further notice)

After a relatively dry winter, following on from last year’s exceptionally dry summer – one of the hottest and driest on record – reservoirs feeding some parts of the Oxford and Grand Union Canals have not refilled as quickly as would normally be expected.

Recent heavy storms have not been able to compensate for a continued period of below average rainfall that goes back to June 2018 and that has meant some reservoirs in this area have not refilled as we would normally expect. For example Naseby Reservoir, our largest reservoir serving this part of the canal network, started the season around 60% full.

In order to maximise the available water the Trust is taking the sensible precaution of locking targeted locks up overnight. This measure is intended to reduce the potential for water losses overnight and allow backpumps more time to transfer water from the Braunston Summit onto the Leicester Summit.

We will continue to monitor our reservoir storage and canal opening hours with a view to keeping

disruption to a minimum whilst balancing a need to save water.

Boaters also have a really important role to play and we ask that they help us to save water by making sure that all gates and paddles are closed after use, sharing a lock if possible and waiting for oncoming boats where appropriate.

For more water saving tips go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/a-guide-to-boating

In the days preceding, during (25th to 27th May) and following Crick Boat Show opening hours will be relaxed to allow boat traffic to navigate to and from the event with minimal disruption.

From the 6th May, lock opening hours will be:

9am to 5pm

[last entry on the flight 4.15pm]

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Starts At: Lock 51, Bottom Lock
Ends At: Lock 30, Holme Bridge Lock

Update on 03/05/2019:

We have continued to experience a prolonged period of dry weather in the reservoir catchment area, which has resulted in higher than normal drawdown from the reservoirs, for this time of the year.  We have reached the point where further restrictions are required, which will be implemented from Friday 17 May.  These are as follows;

  • Johnsons Hillocks – Open at 10am, closed at 5pm, last entry 4 pm
  • Blackburn Locks – Open at 10am, closed at 5pm, last entry 4 pm
  • Barrowford Locks – Open at 10am, closed at 4pm, last entry 3pm
  • Greenberfield Locks – Open at 10am, closed at 5pm, last entry 4pm
  • Bank Newton Locks – Open at 10am, closed at 5pm, last entry 4pm
  • Gargrave Locks – Open at 10am, closed at 5pm, last entry 4pm

Wigan Flight – Lock 65 (Top of Wigan Flight) and Lock 85 (Bottom of Wigan Flight) to be open to customers as follows:

  • 8:30am to 9:30am to facilitate entry onto the flight
  • 12:30pm to 1:30pm to facilitate exit from the flight

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates in the coming weeks. While the restrictions will restrict the use of the canal by boats, the towpath will continue to 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.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Starts At: Lock 29, Bingley 5 Rise Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 22, Bingley 3 Rise Bottom Lock

Friday 19 April 2019 08:00 until Thursday 31 October 2019 15:00

Type: Booking Information


Original message:

Following a further review and consultation, we have revised our operating procedure for Bingley Five and Three Rise as follows:

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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Llangollen Canal

Starts At: Lock 4, Hurleston Locks
Ends At: Lock 1, Hurleston Locks

From Monday 15 April, the lock flight between locks 1 and 4 will only be open between the hours of 08:00 until 17:00 when our trained team will be available to assist.

Outside of these hours, the lock flight will be closed to boats.

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Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal)
Starts At: Lock 1
Ends At: Lock 7

OPENING TIMES (Monday 1 April until Sunday 1 September 2019)

Watford Locks will be open from 8am until 7pm each day from 1st April until 1st September. Please be aware that the last assisted boat will be allowed to enter the lock flight at 6:15pm.

Please ensure you have booked in with the Lock Keeper before you enter the flight. The Lock Keeper will either be on the lock flight, or in the Top Lock Keepers Hut.

If you enter the flight without booking in, you may be required to back out, as other boats may be working the flight already.

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Montgomery  Canal:

Starts At: Lock 1, Frankton Locks
Ends At: Lock 4, Frankton Locks

OPENING TIMES (Thursday 21 March until Sunday 3 November 2019)

SUMMER OPENING TIMES 2019

Lock opening times 12 noon until 2pm Monday to Sunday 7 days a week (Including Bank Holidays)

Booking is required for passage through the locks.

Customers can book any day in advance but no later than 10am on the day of passage*

Only boats with a booking will be allowed through the locks.

On line booking is available at https://licensing.canalrivertrust.org.uk

To book passage by phone Monday-Friday,

call 03030 404040

If you are calling on a Sat, Sun or Bank Holiday,

call Trevor Basin Visitor Centre 01978 822912

Please note:

* Customers are advised there is a maximum of 12 boats down the locks and 12 boats up 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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Leeds & Liverpool Canal:
Starts At: Lock 29, Bingley 5 Rise Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 7, Kirkstall Little Lock

OPENING TIMES (8am Saturday 16 March until 3pm Thursday 31 October 2019)

Through the 2019 summer season, our customer operations team will be on site to offer assisted passage through Bingley Three & Five Rises and Kirkstall to Newlay Locks

To help us manage boats and water resources efficiently. we are asking customers to plan their passages using the following information.

Passages down through Bingley Five and Three Rise Locks as well as Newlay, Forge and Kirkstall Locks in the morning between 08:00am – 12.00pm (last entry).

Passages up through these locks in the afternoon from 1.00pm with last entry into Bingley Three Rise and Kirkstall Locks at 4:00pm.

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

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Rochdale Canal

Lock 1

BOOKING INFORMATION (9am Friday 15 March until 6pm Monday 4 November 2019)

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

Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday of each week between the dates above (No booking required).  On these days the operating times for Tuel lock are first boat entry at 8.30am with last passage at 4.00pm.

Tuel Lock (Lock 3), 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) whilst boats are in lock 3.

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

A booking system is in operation for passage on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during this period.  Bookings should be made by calling our Yorkshire & North East  office on 03030 404040 during office hours, giving 24 hours’ notice of your booking. On these days passage is between 8.30am with last boat passage at 4.00pm.

No permanent lock keeper will be present from Monday 4th November 2019 until Friday 13th March 2020. Bookings should be made by calling our Yorkshire & North East office on 03030 404040 during office hours, giving 48 hours’ notice of your booking. Please note no passage is possible between Friday 20th December 2019 and Wednesday 1st January 2020.

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Trent & Mersey Canal
Harecastle Tunnel

Summer hours-

8am – 6pm From 17th May to 6th September

8am – 5pm From 6th September to 31st October

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Fossdyke Canal:

Lock 1, Torksey Lock/Lock 15, Cromwell Lock – Top Chamber/Lock 4, Boston Lock

OPENING TIMES (Thursday 1 November 2018 until further notice)

TIDAL LOCK OPERATION IN THE EAST MIDLANDS

Two of our tidal locks (Cromwell and Torksey) have the same core hours, which are: 7:00am to 9:00pm in Summer (the earlier of Good Friday or 1st April to 30th September) and 8:00am to 4:00pm in Winter.

Cromwell will operate at all times within these core hours in summer and for 6 hours in winter except at weekends when it will be operated for 8 hours.

Torksey will operate with the tides and shift patterns will be arranged accordingly to suit these, within the core hours. Typical shifts will be 6 hours in winter and 8 hours in summer. Occasionally we will operate Torksey slightly before 8am or slightly after 4pm in winter if there is a suitable tide and this will be recognised in shift patterns.

Any passage required outside of these hours should be booked at least 5 working days in advance through the office at Newark (0303 040 4040) and is subject to staff availability.

During winter Boston is managed by a booking system, and we ask for 5 working days’ notice, to allow for us to arrange for a lock keeper to be on site and is subject to availability.  Bookings can be arranged by ringing 0303 040 4040 and asking for the Newark Admin Team.  During the Summer, Boston Lock will operate for a maximum of 5 hours on any day, as passage is limited to specific windows of opportunity.  The actual hours of operation each day will be designed to maximise the opportunity to use the lock.

In an emergency, the out of hours call out number 0800 47 999 47 is available.

Actual shift patterns are published at the locks and on the notices section of our website.

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