Opening Times

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Last update: 18th February 2019

Chesterfield Canal

Lock 65, West Stockwith Lock

OPENING TIMES (Friday 1 February until Thursday 28 February 2019)

17th-22nd 7am-1pm
23rd 8am-2pm
24-25th 9am-3pm
26-28th 10am-4pm


Fossdyke Canal

Lock 1, Torksey Lock

OPENING TIMES (Friday 1 February until Thursday 28 February 2019)

17-20th 7am-1pm
21st 8am-2pm
22nd 9am-3pm
23-27th 10am-4pm
28th 11am-5pm


Trent & Mersey Canal
Harecastle Tunnel

Update on 18/02/2019:

Please be advised that the tunnel will be closed between Monday 25th February to Friday 1st March to allow our teams to replace the safety gates. Please note last passage through will be Saturday 23rd February. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Update on 15/02/2019:

Summer hours-

8am – 5pm from 1st March to 17th May

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

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


Gloucester & Sharpness Canal/River Severn Navigation: Intersection of: Sharpness Tidal Basin to Water Point, Bridge 24, Llanthony on Gloucester & Sharpness Canal and Lock 2 Gloucester Lock to Gladder Brook Footbridge on River Severn Navigation

Update on 01/11/2018:
Opening hours for the River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal from until 24th March 2019

Monday 1st November to 24th March 2019 – 8am-4pm Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Canal and River Severn will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. During this period the following Locks will be unmanned: Lincomb, Holt, Bevere, Diglis and Upper lode.

Lock bookings for the River Severn from can be requested by calling Gloucester Lock, 24 hours prior to passage on 01452 310832.

For passage through Sims and Rea Bridges contact Hempstead Bridge on 01452 521880.

For passage through Cambridge Bridge contact Patch Bridge 01453 890324.

For passage through Sellars Bridge contact Parkend Bridge on 01452 720016.

For all other enquiries please contact Gloucester Lock on 01452 310832 or email


River Witham: Lock 4, Boston Lock

OPENING TIMES (Thursday 1 November 2018 until Sunday 31 March 2019)

Between the 1st November 2018 and the 31st March 2019, Boston Lock will now be operated within the winter booking system.

This means that the Lock is no longer manned during the winter period, and passage through the Lock must be booked in advance.

Boaters will need to ring the Local Newark Office on 0303 040 4040 to book their passage and we require the minimum of five days’ notice.

Please note that the Newark Office is not open at weekends or bank holidays, so always book your passage in plenty of time.

You can view this notice and its map online here:

Leeds & Liverpool Canal:

Starts At: Lock 29, Bingley 5 Rise Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 7, Kirkstall Little Lock

BOOKING INFORMATION (7am Thursday 1 November 2018 until 6pm Friday 15 March 2019)

From 1st November 2018 to 15th March 2019 Bingley Three & Five Rise locks and Kirkstall to Newlay Locks (7-13) can be booked with a minimum of 72 hours notice.

First passage is available from 9am and the last passage is 2pm daily.

Following the last passage these locks will be locked up until the following morning.

Christmas & New Year:

Please be advised that all the above locks will be closed to passage on the 25th & 26th December 2018 and the 1st of January 2019.

The Yorkshire & North East Office will be closed from the 25th December and will reopen on the 2nd of January. Please ensure that any booking for over the Christmas period is made and confirmed no later than midday on the 24th December.

If you need to change your booking while the office is closed please call 0800 47 999 47.

To make a booking please call 03030 404040 Monday to Friday.



Leigh Branch/Leeds & Liverpool Canal: Intersection of:
Lock 1, Top Lock, Leigh Branch to Lock 1, Top Lock, Leigh Branch on Leigh Branch (Leeds & Liverpool Canal) and Lock 89 to Lock 88 on Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Update on 19/12/2018:

In order to conserve water in the Wigan area, we will continue to implement overnight restrictions in the Wigan central area.

Padlocks will be placed on Lock 88 (Pagefield Lock) and Lock 89 (Ell Meadow Lock) on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and will be opened at 8am and locked at 3pm daily.

The above locks will be padlocked closed outside of these times.

These restrictions will be in place until further notice.


Weaver Navigation:

Marsh Lock

Update on 05/12/2018:

Work is now complete on the clutch at Marsh Lock on the Weaver Navigation. Marsh lock has now reopened and is available for restricted passage through one upper gate with a limited maximum boat beam of 5m. Passage will be by appointment only, giving 48 hours advanced notice Monday to Friday between 8:30am 3:30pm no weekend passages are available.


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)


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.


Kennet & Avon Canal:

Starts At: Lock 22, Lower Foxhangers Lock
Ends At: Lock 50, Kennet Lock (Top Lock)

ADVICE (8am Sunday 1 April 2018 until 5pm Sunday 31 March 2019)

Caen Hill Flight – Opening Hours for 2018-19

1st October 2018 to 31st March 2019 (inclusive) 8am to 4pm, last locking 1pm

Please note locks 29 and 44 are locked at the end of each day and reopened at 8am the following morning.


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

OPENING TIMES (Monday 26 March 2018 until Sunday 31 March 2019)

Update on 22/03/2018:

Watford Locks Summer/Winter Volunteer Lock Keeper availability times for 2018/19 have been confirmed.

Volunteer Lock Keepers will be available between these hours to assist you through the flight. Please note this flight will be accessible outside these hours however no assistance will be available from the Trust.

If you require the assistance of volunteer lock keepers please allow yourself plenty of time to ensure passage. It takes approximately 45 minutes to pass through the flight.  Please be advised there may be a queue to enter the flight during busy periods.

Last assisted boat passage through the lock will be 45 minutes prior to the times posted below.

22 October 2018 – 31 March 2019

9am to 3:30pm (last assisted boat in 2:45pm)


Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal)
Starts At: Lock 17
Ends At: Lock 8

OPENING TIMES (Friday 16 March 2018 until Sunday 31 March 2019)
Foxton Locks Summer/Winter opening times for 2018/19 have been confirmed

Please be advised the hours listed below are when Foxton Locks will be open for navigation. The lock flight will be closed outside of these hours.

As locks can be very busy allow yourself plenty of time to ensure passage.  Please be advised there may be a queue to enter the flight during busy periods.

It takes approximately 45 minutes to pass through the flight and you must be through the flight by the time of closure.

Last boat entry into the flight will be 45 minutes prior to closure.

22 October 2018 – 31 March 2019

9am to 3:30pm (last entry into the locks 2:45pm)