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Last update: 23rd August 2019


Fossdyke Canal

Lock 1, Torksey Lock

OPENING TIMES (until Saturday 31 August 2019)

23rd-24th 11am-7pm
25-26th 12noon-8pm
27th 7am-12noon and 6-9pm
28th 7am-12.30pm and 6.30-9pm
29th 7am-1pm and 7-9pm
30th 7am-3pm
31st 8am-4pm


River Witham
Starts At: Lock 4, Boston Lock
Ends At: Lock 4, Boston Lock

BOOKING INFORMATION (Thursday 22 August 2019 until further notice)

Due to ongoing issues with the phones at Boston Lock, we now have a temporary mobile phone on site for our Lock Keepers.
The number for this phone and for contacting our Boston Lock Keepers is – 07568 688393

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Kennet & Avon Canal
Starts At: Lock 29, Devizes Lock
Ends At: Lock 44, Sir Hugh Stockwell
Up Stream Winding Hole: Devizes Wharf 72ft
Down Stream Winding Hole: Foxhangers

ADVICE (8am Wednesday 14 August until 8pm Sunday 15 September 2019)

 Further to recent restrictions on the Kennet and
Avon please be advised that, from Wednesday 14th August, Caen Hill Flight will be operating according to normal summer opening hours.

Please note Locks 29 to 44 are locked at 5pm each day and all boats are to be out by 8pm.

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Kennet & Avon Canal

Starts At: Lock 51, Wootton Rivers
Ends At: Lock 67, Little Bedwyn Lock

ADVICE (7am Wednesday 7 August 2019 until further notice)

We’re pleased to say that full pumping capacity has now been returned to the entire back-pumping chain from the Avon to the Summit.

After the latest review of the locks the following restrictions are now in place:

  • * Locks 51, 55, 56, 60, 61, and 63 will be chained up daily at 3.00pm and opened daily by 10.00am except for Wednesdays and Fridays when these locks will remain closed all day.
  • * No overnight mooring will be allowed between Locks 52 and 54, and between Locks 60 and 55.
  • * Lock 67 remains open daily from 0900 to 1700.

We will be reviewing the situation on a regular basis to provide updates and thank everyone for their continued support and patience.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Starts At: Lock 85, Lock 21
Ends At: Lock 65, Top Lock

RESTRICTION (Monday 5 August 2019 until further notice)

Please be advised the following restrictions will be continued to be implemented on the Wigan Flight Lock 65 (Top of Wigan Flight) and Lock 85 (Bottom of Wigan Flight) to oversee safe use of the locks and to reduce the risk of vandalism;
• 8.30am – 10am to facilitate entry on to the flight
• 12.30pm – 2pm to allow exit off the flight
The above locks will be padlocked closed outside of these times and roving lock keepers will be on the Wigan Flight daily to oversee passages and ensure the water levels are maintained. This is not an assisted passage, however staff will be around to help customers when needed. If you experience any issues whilst on the flight, please call our customer support team on 03030 404040 who will contact our Wigan Flight lock keepers. Please bear with us as we may already be dealing with other urgent jobs.
Full assistance is available for single handed boaters on Thursday mornings at 8:30am by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call our North-West customer service team on 03030 404040, please note the appointments are limited and dealt with on a first come basis.
These restrictions will be in place until further notice.

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Grand Union Canal
Starts At: Lock 14, Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 20

Update on 16/08/2019:

Restrictions in place are lifted with immediate effect.  Water levels in some reservoirs across the Braunston and Leicester summit have improved due to the recent rainfall, the reduced canal demands due to local water saving restrictions, and short duration summer stoppage works which have been successful in saving water.

We now feel that the improvement in the water resources situation in the Braunston Summit Reservoir Group and the Leicester Summit Reservoir Group is sufficient to lift the restrictions introduced earlier in the summer.

Boaters can always 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.  It’s helpful to aim for minimal contact when navigating through locks by ensuring gates are fully open when passing through as pushing gates open using a boat can damage the gate lining, increasing its leakage.  Thank you for your help.

OPENING TIMES (Sunday 11 August 2019)

Stoke Bruerne flight will be open completely on Sunday 11th, due to potential large amount of boat traffic attending the Blisworth festival.

We will lock the flight again starting Monday afternoon and will then continue as usual.

Please proceed with care, while there is an increased
amount of traffic.

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Kennet & Avon Canal

Lock 67, Little Bedwyn Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: Beech Grove 55ft Winding Hole
Down Stream Winding Hole: Fore Bridge 55ft Winding Hole

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (9am Monday 29 July 2019 until further notice)

Starting Monday 29th July until further notice Lock 67, Little Bedwyn Lock, will be closed at 5pm daily and re-opened by 9am daily to conserve water resources.

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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

Update on 16/08/2019:

Restrictions in place are lifted with immediate effect.  Water levels in some reservoirs across the Braunston and Leicester summit have improved due to the recent rainfall, the reduced canal demands due to local water saving restrictions, and short duration summer stoppage works which have been successful in saving water.

We now feel that the improvement in the water resources situation in the Braunston Summit Reservoir Group and the Leicester Summit Reservoir Group is sufficient to lift the restrictions introduced earlier in the summer.

Boaters can always 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.  It’s helpful to aim for minimal contact when navigating through locks by ensuring gates are fully open when passing through as pushing gates open using a boat can damage the gate lining, increasing its leakage.  Thank you for your help.

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

Update on 16/08/2019:

Restrictions in place are lifted with immediate effect.  Water levels in some reservoirs across the Braunston and Leicester summit have improved due to the recent rainfall, the reduced canal demands due to local water saving restrictions, and short duration summer stoppage works which have been successful in saving water.

We now feel that the improvement in the water resources situation in the Braunston Summit Reservoir Group and the Leicester Summit Reservoir Group is sufficient to lift the restrictions introduced earlier in the summer.

Boaters can always 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.  It’s helpful to aim for minimal contact when navigating through locks by ensuring gates are fully open when passing through as pushing gates open using a boat can damage the gate lining, increasing its leakage.  Thank you for your help.

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

Update on 16/08/2019:

Restrictions in place are lifted with immediate effect.  Water levels in some reservoirs across the Braunston and Leicester summit have improved due to the recent rainfall, the reduced canal demands due to local water saving restrictions, and short duration summer stoppage works which have been successful in saving water.

We now feel that the improvement in the water resources situation in the Braunston Summit Reservoir Group and the Leicester Summit Reservoir Group is sufficient to lift the restrictions introduced earlier in the summer.

Boaters can always 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.  It’s helpful to aim for minimal contact when navigating through locks by ensuring gates are fully open when passing through as pushing gates open using a boat can damage the gate lining, increasing its leakage.  Thank you for your help.

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

Update on 16/08/2019:

Restrictions in place are lifted with immediate effect.

However the flight will be locked overnight and the opening hours are currently 08:00 – 19:00 with last boat in at 18:15.

Water levels in some reservoirs across the Braunston and Leicester summit have improved due to the recent rainfall, the reduced canal demands due to local water saving restrictions, and short duration summer stoppage works which have been successful in saving water.

We now feel that the improvement in the water resources situation in the Braunston Summit Reservoir Group and the Leicester Summit Reservoir Group is sufficient to lift the restrictions introduced earlier in the summer.

Boaters can always 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.  It’s helpful to aim for minimal contact when navigating through locks by ensuring gates are fully open when passing through as pushing gates open using a boat can damage the gate lining, increasing its leakage.  Thank you for your help.

Update on 16/08/2019:

Restrictions in place are lifted with immediate effect.  Water levels in some reservoirs across the Braunston and Leicester summit have improved due to the recent rainfall, the reduced canal demands due to local water saving restrictions, and short duration summer stoppage works which have been successful in saving water.

We now feel that the improvement in the water resources situation in the Braunston Summit Reservoir Group and the Leicester Summit Reservoir Group is sufficient to lift the restrictions introduced earlier in the summer.

Boaters can always 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.  It’s helpful to aim for minimal contact when navigating through locks by ensuring gates are fully open when passing through as pushing gates open using a boat can damage the gate lining, increasing its leakage.  Thank you for your help.

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 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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