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Last update: 17 August 2022

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Grand Union Canal

Braunston Lock Flight
Starts At: Lock 1, Braunston
Ends At: Lock 6, Top Lock

RESTRICTION (Tuesday 30 August 2022 until further notice)

After a relatively dry late spring into the summer, levels in reservoirs are lower than normal for the time of year.

In order to maximise the available water the Trust is taking the sensible precaution of locking targeted locks up overnight. Therefore, as of the 30th August, boats will only be penned through between 8am and 5pm (last boat in at 4pm).  

This measure is intended to reduce the potential for water losses overnight and allow back-pumps 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.  

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Grand Union Canal

Lock 46, Cowroast Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: Cowroast Winding Hole North of Lock 46
Down Stream Winding Hole: Winkwell Winding Hole South of Lock 61

RESTRICTION (4pm Tuesday 30 August 2022 until further notice)

After a relatively dry late spring into the summer, levels in reservoirs are lower than normal for the time of year.

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 

Lock 46 will be locked at 4pm each evening and unlocked at 8.30am each morning

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.  

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Grand Union Canal

Starts At: Lock 39
Ends At: Lock 45
Up Stream Winding Hole: Bulbourne Winding Hole North of Bridge 133
Down Stream Winding Hole: Marsworth Junction

RESTRICTION (2pm Tuesday 30 August 2022 until further notice)

After a relatively dry late spring into the summer, levels in reservoirs are lower than normal for the time of year.

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 

Locks 39 to 45 will be closed at 4pm with last entry into the flight at 2pm.

Locks 39 to 45 will be open at 8am each morning.

No mooring in the lock pounds between locks 40 and 45.

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.  

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Trent & Mersey Canal

Harecastle Tunnel
Up Stream Winding Hole: Junction of Macclesfield Canal and Trent and Mersey canal
Down Stream Winding Hole: South portal Harecastle tunnel

RESTRICTION (8am Friday 19 August 2022 until further notice)

Due to current restrictions on the Trent & Mersey, Caldon & Macclesfield canals, we are seeing limited boats requiring passage through Harecastle tunnel.

From Friday 19th August, we are looking to implement a booking system for passage through the tunnel. This will allow us to utilise the resource of staff in other areas.

Booking will be required 24 hours before passage and can either be done by contacting our customer services department on 03030 404040 or emailing direct to eventsnorthstaffs@canalrivertrust.org.uk

We will then contact you direct to arrange a suitable time for passage between the hours of 8am and 12pm. For any other information and direct tunnel enquires please email eventsnorthstaffs@canalrivertrust.org.uk

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Starts At: Lock 86
Ends At: Lock 1, River Lock


Update on 17/08/2022:

Due to continued lack of rainfall and low water levels we are implementing further closures as below:

Yorkshire & North East from:

Bingley 5 Rise Top Lock to Dobson Lock.

All locks will be locked closed and last passage will be 5pm today 17th August.

Lock keepers will be present for the next few days to help assist boats back to their moorings.

This is alongside the following lengths of the canal which are already closed:

Bank Newton to Gargrave and 

Newlay Top Lock to River Lock.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Location: Leeds & Liverpool canal, between Newly Top Lock and River Lock
Starts At: Lock 13, Newlay Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 1, River Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: Above Newlay Top Lock
Down Stream Winding Hole: In river below River Lock

Update on 15/08/2022:

we have reviewed the notice below and can confirm this remains the plan

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (5pm Monday 15 August 2022 until further notice)

Due to minimal water supply into the canal, it has become necessary to close the canal between Newlay Top Lock and River Lock.

This closure will commence Monday 15th August 2022 at 17:00 hours. At this time the affected lock gates will be locked off and sealed. This notice is to allow time for boaters to leave the restricted area before Monday evening. Customers are asked to avoid the area were possible to maintain levels, allowing time for those affected to leave the area.

CRT apologise for this closure and thank you for you help at this unprecedented time.

A further update will be given at 12:00 Monday 15th August 2022.

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Oxford Canal

Starts At: Lock 15, Marston Doles Bottom Lock
Ends At: Lock 16, Marston Doles Top Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: Napton flight
Down Stream Winding Hole: Marston Doles

Update on 15/08/2022:

Change to restricted hours:

Due to the ongoing water shortages we are experiencing, as of Tuesday 30th August, passage through the locks will be 9am to 2pm, with last entry at 1:15pm.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Monday 15 August 2022 until further notice


After a relatively dry late spring into the summer, levels in reservoirs are lower than normal for the time of year.

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 Braunston pound to the south oxford summit.

The opening times will be 9am to 4pm, with last entry at 3:15pm.

We will continue to monitor our reservoirs 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 the gates and paddles are closed after use, sharing a lock if possible and waiting for oncoming boats where appropriate.

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Aylesbury Arm (Grand Union Canal)

Reduced operating hours
Lock 15, Osier Bed Lock

Update on 15/08/2022:

Change to restricted hours

Please be aware that commencing from today 15 August, passage through Lock 15 will be between the hours of 13:30pm and 16:00 daily until further notice.

We are recovering the water levels in the area.

Please note that pre-booking is not required

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (3.45pm Friday 12 August 2022 until further notice)

Please be aware that Lock 15 will be assisted passage between the hours of 10:00am to 11:00am and 14:00 to 15:00 daily until further notice. Assisted passage will be available 7 days a week and the gates will be padlocked at all other times

We are recovering the water levels in the area.

Please note that pre-booking is not required

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Coventry Canal

Starts At: Lock 1, Atherstone Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 5

Update on 06/08/2022:

We’d like to confirm that Atherstone Locks will remain open for navigation after 12th August.  This is just a restriction on navigation times, and not a closure, as mistakenly listed in our  water resources email sent on Friday 5th August.

We apologise for this error and any confusion caused,  Thank you for your patience and help in managing our water resources, which is making a big difference in keeping most of our network open.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (3.30pm Friday 12 August 2022 until further notice)

To conserve our water resources in this continuing hot and dry weather, restrictions on lock opening times will need to be in place.

The opening times will be 6:30 – 15:30. The last boat through will be 15:30 and the lock will be closed at 17:00

Boaters wanting to pass through the five locks are advised to leave plenty of time to navigate through the flight before 17:00.

After a relatively dry late spring and summer, levels in reservoirs are lower than normal for the time of year. 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. 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.

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Chesterfield Canal
Starts At: Lock 41A, Boundary Lock
Ends At: Norwood Tunnel East Portal

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Friday 12 August 2022 until further notice)

Low rainfall and diminishing reservoir levels mean we have no option but to close the Chesterfield Canal from  Boundary Lock 41 upstream as we are unable to provide enough water to accommodate boat movements. The closure will commence on the 12th August. We will continue to assess water resources and advise on reopening when supplies are sufficient to ensure boat passage.

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Ripon Canal

Navigation Closure between Ripon Canal Basin Head and Bellfurrows Lock
Starts At: Ripon Canal Head – Visitor Moorings
Ends At: Lock 2, Bellfurrows Lock

Wednesday 10 August 2022 17:30 until further notice

Type: Navigation Closure
Reason: Water resources


Original message:

Due to low water levels and limited water resources, we are closing the navigation from Ripon Canal Head Basin to Bellfurrows Lock.

We will be closely monitoring the water levels and will update the notice when the water levels have replenished.

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Oxford Canal

Starts At: Lock 17, Claydon Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 21, Claydon Bottom Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: Old Fenny Compton Road Bridge 136
Down Stream Winding Hole: Bridge 147

RESTRICTION (3pm Monday 8 August 2022 until further notice)


After a relatively dry late spring into the summer, levels in reservoirs are lower than normal for the time of year.

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.

Claydon Locks 17 to 21 will be open to navigation from 9.30am to 4pm

Last entry into the flight 3pm to clear the flight by 4pm.

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.  

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Huddersfield Narrow Canal
Starts At: Lock 1 East, Stanley Dawson Lock
Ends At: Access Point

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (9am Monday 1 August 2022 until further notice)


Despite restrictions imposed on the 9th May, and the work we have done to manage water supplies carefully, the very low rainfall we have experienced across the region, and hence the diminishing reservoir levels, means we have no option but to close the Huddersfield Narrow Canal as we are unable to provide enough water to accommodate boat movements. The closure will commence on the 1st August.

We will continue to assess water resources and advise on reopening when supplies are sufficient to ensure boat passage.

If you are booked through Standedge tunnel up to and including 27th July, your tunnel passage will be fulfilled. From this date, all other existing Standedge tunnel bookings will be cancelled during the period of the closure. At the point at which we reopen the navigation, we will be contacting anyone with a booking from that date to establish if passage is still required and whether it can be brought forward.

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Trent & Mersey/Caldon Canals

Intersection of:

Lock 1 Bedford Street to Froghall Basin Lock on Caldon Canal

and

Lock 71 to Lock 29, Newcastle Road Lock on Trent & Mersey Canal

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (3pm Friday 29 July 2022 until further notice)

This notice supersedes previous notices for the Caldon and Trent and Mersey canals.

Despite some recent rainfall, there has been no significant impact on our reservoir holdings that supply the Trent & Mersey and Caldon Canals as this has been absorbed into an already dry landscape. In order to protect our infrastructure and the wildlife that inhabit these waterways, we will be implementing closures on the lock flights below:

Trent & Mersey Canal

  • Lock 41 to Lock 71 will remain closed
  • Passage through Lock 40 to Lock 36 and Harecastle Tunnel will remain possible between 8.00am and 12.00pm daily until last passage on Sunday 7 August
  • Lock 40 to Lock 29 will then close to navigation from 8.00 am on Monday 8 August

Caldon Canal

  • Hazelhurst Locks to Froghall will remain closed
  • Lock 9, Top Lock at Stockton Brook to Lock 1, Bedford Street, Etruria will be closed from 8.00 am Monday 8 August

Whilst these closures will prevent use of the lock flights, cruising between the locks and through Harecastle Tunnel (pre booked passages only between 8.00am and 12.00pm daily) will remain available.

The local team have been in contact with customers affected by the closure to assist them off the Cheshire Flight (locks 41 – 71). If you have not been contacted and are waiting to leave the flight, please contact our North West team on 0303 0404 040 as soon as possible.

We’re continuing conversations with customers affected on the Caldon Canal and the Trent & Mersey from Stoke to Stone (lock 29 to 40).  If you have not been contacted and would like assistance in leaving this section, please contact our West Midlands team on 0303 040 4040 or enquiries.westmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk as soon as possible.

It is not clear how long the restrictions will be in place. We appreciate this is disappointing news for our customers and we hope that by providing notice of these closures, it will help our customers plan their upcoming journeys or move to alternative locations to avoid the impact of the closures on their cruising plans.

To conserve as much water as possible whilst these closures are in place, the lock flights will be padlocked closed and secured against operation with the gates ‘ashed up’ to reduce leakage. Implementing these closures now means that we can conserve water, allowing the reservoirs to start to refill should we have significant rainfall. Although the Trent & Mersey Canal will remain open north of Great Haywood junction, we are encouraging boaters to minimise travel towards Stone, and consider other available routes, to help conserve water in the area.

We apologise for the inconvenience this will undoubtedly cause our boating customers and boating businesses.

Our teams will continue to monitor our reservoir holdings and surface water feeders and we will provide updates on the water position throughout the closed period.

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Trent & Mersey Canal

Operating hours

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

RESTRICTION (Monday 25 July 2022 until further notice)

Update on 25/07/2022:

Due to low water levels, navigation is closed between Lock 41 and Lock 71 on the Trent & Mersey Canal. Passage through Locks 36 – 40 and Harecastle Tunnel is still possible between 8.00am and 12.00pm daily. Our teams will be monitoring the water levels closely and may need to close the Stoke Flight at short notice should the water levels decrease.

More information can be found here: canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices/22865-navigation-closure-lock-41-to-lock-71-trent-and-mersey-canal


Original message:

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.

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River Thames

Boater briefing: 22/07/2022:

Low flows – what to be aware of
Over the last 12 months we have received significantly less than average rainfall in the Thames Area. This
has resulted in below average groundwater levels and below average flows in the rivers including the River
Thames and its tributaries. The flow in the River Thames is much lower than we would expect for this time
of year. Our latest Water Resources Report for the Thames Area has more information.
Water levels in the non-tidal River Thames may be shallower than you are used to in some places. With
this in mind we are asking boaters to take extra care, especially immediately downstream of locks where
the natural gradient of the river means levels are always slightly lower than elsewhere in the reach. Our
lock and weir keepers or volunteer assistant lock keepers will advise you of any known shallow areas
ahead of you.
You should also be prepared for restrictions in lock use, as explained below.
What we are doing to manage water levels for navigation
We will do all that we can to maintain water levels in order to provide our published approximate maximum
drafts as published here. Please remember that the drafts serve only as a guide and cannot guaranteed,
especially during extreme weather conditions, such as we are currently experiencing. If you don’t already
know it, we strongly recommend you check your boat’s draft and plan your cruising accordingly.
Where necessary, weirs are fully closed (many have been for some considerable time) and we are placing
‘summer boards’ on those that can accommodate them to raise their height. This helps to maintain water
levels for a longer period. We are also carrying out additional checks for any leaks in our weir gates and we
are ensuring they are repaired or staunched (plugged) where possible.
As you will be aware, every time a lock is used, a substantial volume of water is lost downstream. The
more we can limit this, the more water is retained in the reach above, helping to maintain levels.
Due to very low levels in the area and the current weather outlook, we expect that we will have to
introduce limits on lock useage during the day, and closures outside of lock and weir keepers’
current hours of duty (9am until 6.30pm), at the following series of locks very soon:
• Pinkhill
• Eynsham
• Kings
• Godstow
• Iffley
• Sandford
• Abingdon.
Should this be necessary, we will issue a Harbour Master Notice to that effect. If you do not already, you
can subscribe to receive these directly here, where all active and pending notices are listed. Please be
aware that it is an offence not to comply with the requirements of a Harbour Master Notice.

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Stainforth & Keadby Canal
Keadby Rail Drawbridge – Restricted passage times

Update on 11/08/2022:

We have been advised by Network Rail that the current heatwave is now forecast to extend and include Sunday 14/8/22. 

This means that on Wednesday 10/8/22 – Sunday 14/8/22 they will only be able to operate the bridge once a day at 0900 hours. 

From Monday 15/8/22 they will revert to operating a maximum of 2 times a day at 0900 and 1300 so long as the air temperature is no higher than 26 degrees. 

In addition to this due to Industrial action planned to take place next week on Thursday 18th August and Saturday 20th August the bridge will not be available to operate on those dates.

Assuming the temperature is no higher than 26 degrees then the operating times next week will be as follows:

Monday 15/8/22 – Wednesday 17/8/22 at  0900 and 1300

Thursday 18/8/22 No openings

Friday 19/8/22 at 0900 and 1300

Saturday 20/8/22 No openings

Sunday 21/8/22 at approximately 0900 and 1300

For any enquires please ring the Network Rail helpline which is 03457 11 41 41

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Caldon Canal

Hazelhurst Locks to Froghall
Starts At: Bridge 35, Turnover Bridge
Ends At: Water Point, Bridge 55, Foxt Road Br
Up Stream Winding Hole: Hazelhurst Junction

Update on 20/07/2022:

The locks will be open for navigation from now until 4pm on Friday 22nd July.  On Wednesday 27th, the locks will open at 8am and be closed at 4pm.  Please plan your passage around these times.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (5pm Wednesday 27 July 2022 until further notice)

To conserve our water resources in this continuing hot and dry weather, we’re having to prioritise the supply to key routes.  Unfortunately this means we’re having to close the eastern end of the Caldon Canal, to maintain water supply to the western end and the Trent & Mersey.  

The Caldon Canal will be closed from Hazelhurst to Froghall until there is a significant improvement in water levels.  We’ll continue to review this, particularly in light of the planned autumn closure of this section for bridge replacement works, and will provide updates as soon as they are available.

The remainder of the Caldon Canal, including the Leek Branch, will remain open to navigation.  

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Rochdale Canal

Tuel Lane Lock to Lock 45
Starts At: Lock 3/4
Ends At: Lock 45

Update on 29/07/2022:

Despite some recent rainfall, third-party water supplies and surface water that feed the Rochdale canal continue to decline, heavily impacting on the water levels along the Rochdale Canal. In order to protect our infrastructure and wildlife that inhabit this waterway, navigation will close from Lock 1 to Lock 45 on Monday 1 August.

To conserve as much water as possible and prevent navigation through these locks, the locks will be padlocked closed and secured against operation.

Bookings already in place for the Summit lock flight and between Tuel Lane Lock and Lock 9 will be honoured and go ahead as booked.

Passage through Lock 9 to Hebden Bridge Services will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays only, 10am – 2pm, for access to local essential services.

Please ensure you have sufficient time to use the services in time for the 2pm lock closure. As the situation with water levels progress, we may need to change to a booking system through this lock, at which point an update to the notice would be issued.

We apologise for the inconvenience this will undoubtedly cause our boating customers and boating businesses. Our teams will continue to monitor the available third-party inflows into the canal.

RESTRICTION (8am Monday 18 July 2022 until further notice)

Due to the ongoing dry weather, third-party water supplies and surface water that feed the Rochdale canal are declining. We are currently operating under the required limited abstraction conditions, including from Luddenden Foot Pump and Chelburn Reservoir, which has impacted on the availability of water to be able to operate the canal fully.

To effectively manage the limited third-party water supply, we are implementing the following opening days at the below locks from Monday 18 July 2022. However, should our water resource position not improve significantly, we will be forced to close the canal at short notice..

North West:

  • Summit lock flight, Lock 36 to Lock 45 – Open Tuesdays and Saturdays, for essential booked passage only at 9am

Yorkshire & North East:

  • Tuel Lane Lock– Open Mondays and Fridays, for essential booked passage only. This passage will be assisted through Tuel to Lock 9.

Upstream passage Tuel to Lock 9 at 9am

Downstream passage Lock 9 to Tuel Lane at 1pm

All boats must arrive prior to the times above and have a valid booking. 

Passage through the above locks will need to be booked in 48 hours in advance by calling the local regional customer support team on 0303 040 404040. Bookings can be made Monday to Friday, 9am till 4.30pm. Due to the water resources available, passage will be limited to essential travel only and our teams may ask your reason for essential travel.

Passage through Lock 9 to Hebden Bridge Services will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays only, 10am – 2pm, for access to local essential services.

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Kennet & Avon Canal

Starts At: Lock 10, Wash House Lock
Ends At: Lock 60, Crofton Lock

Update on 26/07/2022:

Please be advised that due to customer feedback and operational use, we have adjusted the opening/closing hours of the Crofton Summit pound (Cadley Lock to Crofton Summit)

Opening time will now be 0930 hrs and the closing time will now be 15.30 hrs.

This will take effect from Monday 1st of August.

No other restrictions have changed.

Update on 15/07/2022:

We are pleased to advise that The Kennet & Avon Canal will be open from 10:00 am this morning, subject only to the restrictions below which we hope will help to sustain our water supply.

The position will be reviewed again on Monday morning (18th July), and this notice will be regularly refreshed as the need arises.

Help save water to keep the canals open for boating

Save water | Close the gates | Lower the paddles

Please look out for signage indicating local exceptions to the way locks should be left after use.

RESTRICTION (5pm Thursday 14 July 2022 until further notice)

Further to the recent restrictions and pump failure at Caen Hill, we are pleased to confirm that levels continue to recover.

With that in mind and given a slightly improved picture regarding water availability, we aim (subject to a final check early on the 15th) to reopen the canal from Friday morning with the following flights open between 10:00 and 16:00 daily.

These will be locked outside of these hours as below:

Caen Hill  (Will be locked at Lks 44 & 28) Last admission 13:00hrs

Wootton Rivers (Will be locked at Lks 54 & 51)

  • Crofton (Will be locked at Lks 60 & 55)

All other restrictions relevant to these matters will be lifted, and previous notices should now be disregarded. These will be removed from the website tonight.

These arrangements will remain under review as the position develops in the coming weeks.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal/Leigh Branch

Intersection of:

Lock 1, Top Lock, Leigh Branch to Lock 2, Bottom Lock on Leigh Branch (L&L Canal)
and
Lock 86 to Lock 86 on Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Update on 22/07/2022:

We are pleased to advise water levels have increased and the pounds have replenished at Lock 1 and Lock 2, Poolstock, on the Leigh Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

Restricted navigation will resume from Monday 25 July as per the following pre-arranged passage times:

  • Mondays, 10am and 2pm
  • Thursdays, 10am and 2pm

Bookings for these 3 locks can be made online, selecting passage “Wigan Poolstock”, or by calling 0303 040 4040. Please note this booking will include all 3 locks.

Update on 21/07/2022:

Please be advised navigation remains closed at Lock 1 and Lock 2, Poolstock, on the Leigh Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal due to low water levels as a result of the extreme weather.

Our teams are continuing to conduct water management duties and are closely monitoring the levels.

A further update will be provided Friday, 22 July. 

Update on 20/07/2022:

Please be advised navigation is currently closed at Lock 1 and Lock 2, Poolstock, on the Leigh Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal due to low water levels as a result of the extreme weather. To allow the water levels to recuperate, padlocks will be placed on the locks.

If you already have an upcoming booking, our teams may need to contact you to rearrange. Please watch out for communications from our North West team. If you would like to cancel your booking, please call the team on 0303 040 4040.


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Ripon Canal
Restricted times to use Oxclose Lock from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Lock 3, Oxclose Lock

Update on 10/08/2022:

We have been monitoring the water resources coming in from the River Skell and we have had to change the hours allowing passage through Oxclose Lock to 10:00 to 12:00 noon in order to conserve water in the Ripon Canal.

RESTRICTION (1.15pm Monday 11 July 2022 until further notice)


Due to restricted water resources coming in from the River Skell feeder, we are only allowing passage through Oxclose Lock between 10:00 to 14:00 hours, in order to conserve water in the Ripon Canal.

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Kennet & Avon Canal
Location: Kennet & Avon Canal from Lock 10, Wash House Lock to Lock 21, Seend Lock
tarts At: Lock 10, Wash House Lock
Ends At: Lock 21, Seend Lock

RESTRICTION (10am Monday 11 July 2022 until further notice)

We are sorry to advise that due to a rapidly developing reduction in water availability and a continuing dry forecast, we have taken the decision to restrict opening hours on the lock flights listed below on the Kennet & Avon Canal from Monday 11th July.

This will mean that the flights will be open between 10:00 and 16:00 daily and locked / out of service outside of these hours. 

It would be helpful if boating customers could avoid mooring in the flights and not run water through the system outside of these times without the supervision or direction of a member of Trust staff.

Please also follow the advice of any signage displayed locally.

These measures if followed, should help levels to recover overnight and extend the period before further restrictions may be required.

Gates at the following locations will be locked:

Bath Locks – 10 & 13

Bradford on Avon –  Lock  14

Semington – Locks 15 & 16

  • Seend  – Locks 17 & 21

The position will be reviewed on a weekly basis and this notice will be updated as new data becomes available.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Lock Flight Operating Times, Wigan to Gargrave
Starts At: Lock 86
Ends At: Lock 30, Holme Bridge Lock

Update on 10/08/2022:

Due to continued low water levels and limited water resources we need to reduce passage times on the Bingley 3 rise and Bingley 5 rise.

Morning

Passages down the lock flights between 09:00-11:00, last entry at 11:00.

Afternoon

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

All other restrictions on the Leeds and Liverpool canal remain the same.

Update on 29/07/2022:

Despite some recent rainfall, it has not been enough to impact on the reservoir holdings that supply the Leeds & Liverpool canal and navigation remains closed on the below lock flights:

North West:

  • Poolstock Locks 1 & 2 (Leigh Branch) (Open Mondays & Thursdays for pre-arranged bookings only)
  • Wigan Lock Flight (86 to 65)
  • Johnsons Hillock Lock Flight (64 to 58)
  • Blackburn Lock Flight (57 to 52)
  • Barrowford Lock Flight (51 to 45)
  • Greenberfield Lock Flight (44 to 42)

 Yorkshire & North East:

  • Bank Newton Locks (41 to 36)
  • Gargrave (Holme Bridge Lock 30)

Whilst these closures will prevent use of the lock flights, cruising between the locks will remain available.

We have taken this opportunity to bring forward a planned project from the winter work programme at Lock 49 on the Barrowford lock flight. Due to the nature of these works, we have been able to devise a method of repair that should navigation be able to resume, we will be able to demobilise at short notice.

In addition to the above works, our local team are also carrying out leak prevention works to Lock 45, with routine maintenance and improvement works carried out along the lock flights. 

Bingley 5 & 3 Rise Locks and Newlay, Forge and Kirkstall Locks remain open as per the Summer Opening Times. Our surface water feeders to the Skipton pound are providing a sufficient feed to support the canal from this point down.

Our teams will continue to monitor our reservoir holdings and surface water feeders and we will provide updates on the water position throughout the closed period.

Update on 08/07/2022:

To confirm the details of our notice published on the 1 July, unfortunately there has been no improvement to our reservoir holdings for the Leeds & Liverpool canal, therefore we will be implementing closures on the lock flights listed below, from Monday 18 July 2022. We will continue to monitor the situation and we will advise should the reservoirs recover enough to be able to reopen the canal. We apologise for the inconvenience this will undoubtedly cause our boating customers and boating businesses.

In advance of this closure, we have chosen to carry out the works to Forge Lock starting on the 11 July. The cills of the lock have lifted and although we have carried out a temporary repair and have assisted passage through the lock in recent weeks, we cannot be certain that passage will remain possible without a more comprehensive intervention. In doing this work now we are aiming to ensure the route east towards Leeds is available when the water shortages described above will close the route west towards Gargrave, and so provide boaters with an alternative option.

North West:

  • Poolstock Locks 1 & 2, Leigh Branch (Open Mondays & Thursdays for pre-arranged bookings only)
  • Wigan Lock Flight (86 to 65)
  • Johnsons Hillock Lock Flight (64 to 58)
  • Blackburn Lock Flight (57 to 52)
  • Barrowford Lock Flight (51 to 45)
  • Greenberfield Lock Flight (44 to 42)

 Yorkshire & North East:

  • Bank Newton Locks (41 to 36)
  • Gargrave (Holme Bridge Lock 30)

An update will be provided by Friday 29 July.

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River Witham

Lock 4, Boston Lock


Update on 07/07/2022:

Boston Lock mobile is now working as normal – 07387050967

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Huddersfield Narrow Canal
Location: Lock 1E bookings extended to Lock 3E – to retain water resources
Starts At: Lock 3 East (See Text)
Ends At: Lock 3 East (See Text)

ADVICE (10am Tuesday 28 June 2022 until further notice)

Due to the delays that have been encountered by the emergency culvert repairs that had to be undertaken to Lock 21e and Lock 20e, we are managing any build-up of passage requirements through Lock 1E, which is especially susceptible to low water levels.

We will be locking up Lock 3E and for any passage booked through Lock 1E, you will now be assisted from/to Lock 3E also to help conserve water levels on this stretch.

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Rochdale Canal
Summit Flight
Starts At: Lock 36
Ends At: Lock 45

Update on 20/06/2022:

We are pleased to advise we have normalised the water levels on the Summit Lock Flight, Lock 36 to Lock 45, on the Rochdale Canal and navigation has resumed.

To reduce the risk of further vandalism, Lock 36 to Lock 45 will be open as per the following opening times:

  • 8am till 4pm, daily

Padlocks will be placed on the above locks outside of these hours.

You can help us conserve water by:

  • Ensuring paddles are fully closed once they have 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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Leigh Branch (L&L Canal)
Lock Operating Times: Poolstock Lock 1 & Lock 2
Starts At: Lock 1, Top Lock, Leigh Branch
Ends At: Lock 2, Bottom Lock

RESTRICTION (10am Saturday 18 June 2022 until further notice)

To assist in maintaining the water levels along the Leeds & Liverpool


To assist in maintaining the water levels along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, we will be implementing the following opening times at Poolstock Lock 1 and 2 on the Leigh Branch from Saturday 18 June.

  • 10am till 4pm, daily.

Padlocks will be placed on the locks outside of these operating hours. 

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Macclesfield/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 29/07/2022:

Despite some recent rainfall, unfortunately we have not seen any improvement in our reservoir holdings that supply the Macclesfield and Peak Forest canals, and navigation remains closed on the Bosley and Marple lock flights.

Whilst navigation remains closed, we continue to complete works to help retain water. The repair works to Lock 1 and Lock 11 on the Bosley flight are now complete and our teams will be moving to Lock 8 and Lock 12 next week to start further repairs. We have taken this opportunity to bring forward the planned winter works to Lock 12 to minimise any disruption for when we are in a position to re-open, albeit with restrictions.

Please be reminded, during these closures, it is expected that the water levels will drop within the summit pound, which is between Bosley and Whaley Bridge. Our teams will continue to top up the summit pound daily, though it is expected to take longer than normal to refill. The pumps supplying a feed from the River Goyt at Whaley are being monitored daily to ensure a sustained feed.

A further update will be provided by Friday 19 August, or sooner if we have anything to share with our customers.

Update on 14/07/2022:

Due to the prolonged period of dry weather, we have not seen any improvement in our reservoir holdings that supply the Macclesfield and Peak Forest canals, and navigation remains closed on the Bosley and Marple lock flights.

Whilst the lock flights remain closed, our teams continue to complete works which will help retain water.

Please be remined, during these closures, it is expected that the water levels will drop within the summit pound, which is between Bosley and Whaley Bridge. Our teams will continue to recharge the summit pound daily, though it is expected to take longer than normal to refill. The pumps supplying a feed from the River Goyt at Whaley are being monitored daily to ensure a sustained feed.

A further update will be provided by Friday 29 July.

Update on 01/07/2022:

Whilst we have experienced recent rainfall, this has had no impact on our reservoir holdings which supply the Macclesfield & Peak Forest canals and navigation remains closed on the Bosley and Marple lock flights.

Whilst the locks remain closed, our teams are currently reducing the supply from the reservoirs to the canals, however due to the levels dropping on the summit pound, which is between Bosley and Whaley Bridge, we have had to reduce the supply slower than originally planned to ensure a sustained supply to the pound is maintained to help reduce any risk to our infrastructure and moored boats.

During these closures, it is expected that the water levels will drop on the summit pound, our teams will continue to recharge the summit pound daily, though it is expected to take longer than normal to refill. To help prevent water loss, we have a team delivering grouting and leak sealing works around the summit and the pumps supplying a feed from the River Goyt at Whaley are monitored daily to ensure a sustained feed.

We have taken this opportunity to complete a range of works along these canals to help retain water, including lock gate replacement works at Lock 1 and Lock 11, Bosley lock flight, with piling works started between Lock 4 and Lock 5.

Please note, if conditions continue, we may have to close access to the Bugsworth Basin to help retain water.

Update on 07/06/2022:

We are updating further on the water resources position for the Macclesfield & Peak Forest canals.

Further to our previous communications in relation to the risk of closure of these canals, the current restrictions have allowed us to keep the canals open longer than our original prediction of late May/early June. Over the last few weeks, despite some rainfall our reservoirs have not seen any significant refilling, as most of the rainwater has been absorbed into an already very dry landscape.

We are now in a position where we need to suspend navigation through the lock flights, therefore we will be implementing closures on the Macclesfield canal and Peak Forest canal lock flights from 12pm (noon), on Friday 24 June 2022.

We hope that by providing 2 weeks’ notice it will help our customers plan their upcoming journeys or move to alternative locations to avoid the impact of the closures on their cruising plans.

We anticipate that the canal will remain closed for several weeks, but this is entirely weather dependent. Whilst the closures will prevent use of the lock flights, cruising between the locks will remain available. Mooring restrictions will be suspended at the locations listed below to allow those waiting for the canals to re-open, to moor during the closure.

Implementing these closures means that we can conserve water, allowing the reservoirs to start to refill, so that when we are in a position to re-open, albeit with restrictions, we will be able to open for as long as possible.

Our teams will continue to monitor our reservoir holdings and will provide weekly updates on the water position throughout the closed period.

To conserve as much water as possible whilst these closures are in place, both lock flights will be padlocked closed and secured against operation and the gates will be ‘ashed up’ to reduce leakage.

Mooring Locations where restrictions will be relaxed:

  • Macclesfield Canal – Below lock 12 Bosley Moorings
  • Macclesfield Canal – Above Lock 1 Between Bridges 53 & 54
  • Macclesfield Canal – Between Bridges 1 – 3 Marple Moorings
  • Peak Forest Canal – Below Lock 1 to Marple Aqueduct

We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption this may cause to your boating plans. By implementing these closures, 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.

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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 06/07/2022:

 Marsden to Diggle direction – We currently have no more availability for July and August for the Marsden to Diggle direction, but we have slots available for mid Sept onwards and October.

Diggle to Marsden direction – We currently have only 3 dates mid August and various dates in September and all in October on the scheduled passage dates

Update on 30/05/2022:

Due to the restrictions that we have had to put in place to conserve water on the Huddersfield Narriw Canal. We have had to reduce the numbers of slots for passage that we have had in previous years, through the tunnel in order to conserve the water in the network this year. We  currently have 1 slot for a Monday (Diggle to Marsden), 2 slots on a Wednesday (1 in either direction only) and 1 slot for a Friday (Marsden to Diggle).

Having 4 passages per week, weeks are becoming booked up very quickly.

We currently have no more availability for June or July but August, September and October we have slot available to book.

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 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

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 1

Update on 03/08/2022:

After a relatively dry late spring into the summer, levels in reservoirs are lower than normal for the time of year.

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 back-pumps more time to transfer water from the Braunston Summit onto the Leicester Summit.

During this period from 8th August onwards, boats will only be allowed through between 10am and 4pm, last boat through at 3:15pm.  

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.  

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

Update on 03/08/2022:

After a relatively dry late spring into the summer, levels in reservoirs are lower than normal for the time of year.

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 back-pumps more time to transfer water from the Braunston Summit onto the Leicester Summit.

During this period from 8th August onwards, boats will only be allowed through between 10am and 4pm, last boat through at 3:15pm.  

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.  

  

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:
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

Update on 11/08/2022:

Due to continued low water levels and limited water resources we need to reduce passage times on the Bingley 3 rise and Bingley 5 rise.

Morning

Passages down the lock flights between 09:00-11:00, last entry at 11:00.

Afternoon

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

Update on 19/07/2022:

After close monitoring and the repair to Bradley culvert completed, the water levels have now stabilised and the restrictions that were placed are now lifted. 

We are now resuming the Summer operating hours as we had in place before:

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.

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.

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.

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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Birmingham & Fazeley Canal
Cambrian House

Cambrian Wharf

Update on 18/07/2022:

Please be advised Cambrian House will be shut today and tomorrow.

We will be open to customers again on Wednesday 20th July. 

We look forward to welcoming you back.

Update on 27/06/2022:

The Customer Support team will now be working at Toll House from Sunday – Friday from 9am – 4:30pm to help with any enquiries. We will still be selling pump out cards & keys.

Cambrian House will be back open no later than the 18th July 2022. Look out for any further updates closer to the time.

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 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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