Opening Times

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Last update: 10th December 2018


Chesterfield Canal: Lock 65, West Stockwith Lock

OPENING TIMES (until Monday 31 December 2018)

Please note: Due to a stoppage at the lock, beginning on the 26th of November there will be no passage and the lock will be closed until the 10th of December.

The lock will also be closed on Christmas Day.

10th                   7am-1pm
11-12th                8am-2pm
13-14th               9am-3pm
15-20th              10am-4pm
21st-24th           7am-1pm
25th                   Lock closed
26th                   8am-2pm
27th                   9am-3pm
28th-31st           10am-4pm      1

 

The above lock-keeping hours are based on serviceable tides.

For enquires, please telephone West Stockwith Lock on 01427 890204.

 

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Fossdyke Canal: Lock 1, Torksey Lock

OPENING TIMES (until Monday 31 December 2018)

10-11th 9am-3pm
12-18th 10am-4pm
19th-23rd 7am-1pm
24th 8am-2pm
25-26th Lock closed
27th-31st 10am-4pm

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal:
Starts At: Lock 30, Holme Bridge Lock
Ends At: Lock 85, Lock 21

Update on 21/11/2018:

Further to the listed flight restrictions below, we will be opening the Wigan Flight to navigation on Thursdays only. The time restrictions will remain in place and they are as follows;

•           8.30am – 10am to facilitate entry on to the flight

•           12.30pm – 2pm to allow exit off the flight

Please note bookings are not required for the flight, however, assistance on the Wigan flight will still be available to single handed boaters or those of a crew of two people but one cannot assist with lock work for health reasons. This can be booked by calling 03030 404040 and asking to speak with the North-West office. This service available on Thursdays and is subject to availability.

Johnson’s Hillock and Blackburn Locks will remain open with no restrictions, however, movement will be monitored and this decision is subject to change. We kindly request customers check all gates and paddles are closed after use and to share locks where possible.

Update on 19/11/2018:
The Saturday opening times are as follows:

The Gargrave flight (Lock 30 Holme Bridge to Lock 35 Stegneck Lock)  open Saturdays  9am to 3pm, last passage at 2pm

Bank Newton flight (Lock 36 to Lock 41) open Saturdays between 9am to 3pm, last passage at 2pm

Greenberfield flight (Lock 42 to Lock 44) open Saturdays between 9am to 3pm, last passage at 2pm

Barrowford flight (Lock 45 to Lock 51) open Saturdays between 9am to 3pm, last passage at 2pm

No booking of locks is required, but please can customers check all gates and paddles are closed after use and to share locks where possible.

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Kennet & Avon Canal:

Starts At: Lock 50, Kennet Lock (Top Lock)
Ends At: Lock 22, Lower Foxhangers Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: Devizes Wharf 72ft
Down Stream Winding Hole: Whaddon 65ft

OPENING TIMES (11.45am Tuesday 13 November 2018 until 6pm Sunday 6 January 2019)
Caen Hill Flight will be closed on the 25th and 26th December and reopens from the 27th till 31st December.

For New Year the flight will be closed on the 1st January and reopens on the 2nd until 6th January 2019.

 

 

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Rochdale Canal: Lock 3/4

BOOKING INFORMATION (8am Tuesday 6 November 2018 until 3pm Thursday 14 March 2019)

From Tuesday 6th November until Thursday 14th March 2019, there will not be a permanent lock keeper present at Tuel Lock.

First passage is available from 09.00am and last passage is at 2.30pm, seven days a week by giving 48 hours notice during office hours.

Please contact 0303 0404040 to make your booking

Please do not enter the tunnel (below lock 3) whilst boats are in lock 3

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

 

The lock will be unavailable between 21st December 2018 and the 2nd January 2019

 

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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 enquiries.southwalessevern@canalrivertrust.org.uk

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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:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/14134/boston-lock-


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.

 

 

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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

RESTRICTION (Tuesday 30 October 2018 until further notice)

In order to conserve water in the Wigan area, as of Tuesday 30 October we will be implementing overnight restrictions in the Wigan central area.

Lock 88 (Pagefield Lock) to Lock 89 (Ell Meadow Lock) on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Lock 1, Poolstock Lock on the Leigh Branch will be opened at 8am and locked at 4pm daily.

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

These restrictions will be in place until further notice.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal:

Starts At: Lock 65, Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 85, Lock 21

Tuesday 30 October 2018 until further notice

Type: Navigation Restriction
Reason: Water resources

Original message:

Since the re-opening of the Wigan Flight; Lock 65 (Top of Wigan Flight) and Lock 85 (Bottom of Wigan Flight) on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, we have been carefully reviewing the situation of our reservoir holdings. Due to the sensitive nature of the flight and to oversee safe use, as of Tuesday 30 October 2018 we will be implementing the following restrictions;

  • 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.  Overnight mooring on the flight will be permitted only at Rose Bridge (between Locks 77 & 78).   Roving lock keepers will be on the Wigan Flight daily to oversee the passages and ensure the water levels are maintained.  This is not an assisted passage and staff will be around to help customers when needed.

Full assistance is available for single handed boaters on Thursday mornings at 8:30am. Our Wigan Lock keepers can be contacted direct on 01942 405774 if you have any questions or want to report an issue on the flight.  Our Wigan Flight team will endeavour to help with any issues. Please bear with us as we may already be dealing with other urgent jobs.

Overnight restrictions will also be implemented at Poolstock Locks, along with Lock 88 (Pagefield Lock) to Lock 89 (Ell Meadow Lock).  These locks will be opened at 8am and locked at 4pm daily.

These restrictions will be in place until further notice.

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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.

 

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Grand Union Canal:

Starts At: Lock 8
Ends At: Lock 11

RESTRICTION (3pm Monday 1 October 2018 until further notice)

The Met Office declared this summer as being the joint hottest on record, with only 61% of average rainfall received.

As we move into Autumn the weather may be cooler, but we are still feeling the effects of the dry summer. Streams feeding canals are drier than normal, and our reservoirs are lower than usual for this time of year.

 We are reluctantly having to introduce further measures to manage the risk of reservoir running out of water before the start of winter stoppage season.

Lock opening hours are being tightened to further control canal demands. Shorter days of lock operation will also provide the back pumps with more time to transfer water from up from the river’s Tone and Ouse (providing an alternative source of water to our depleted reservoirs).

Even despite recent storms and heavy rainfall our reservoirs in this part of the network are relatively slow to refill. It takes more than a few storms to provide water for a summer of navigation. We will be watching weather patterns develop over the coming autumn and winter months hoping for a positive response in reservoirs over the winter.

As we monitor the impact of storms and periods of wet weather we will continue to review our canal opening hours with a view to keeping disruption to a minimum.

 You can find out more about how we manage our water at https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/specialist-teams/managing-our-water

 or contact us Water.Information@canalrivertrust.org.uk

 

We advise boaters not to moor overnight between locks 8 and 11 (water levels may fluctuate overnight). To guarantee passage through the entire flight they should arrive at Lock 8 going downhill and Lock 11 going uphill no later than 2 hours before closing.

 

Opening times for the canal from 1st October:

8am to 5pm

[last entry on the flight 3pm]

You can view this notice and its map online here:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/13986/buckby-locks-8-to-11

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Rochdale Canal:

Starts At: Lock 5, Edward Kilner
Ends At: Lock 13

Update on 10/10/2018:

Due to the increase in rainfall and feeders returning to normal levels, overnight restrictions no longer need to remain in place for the Hebden Bridge area (Locks 5 to 13).

If the current dry weather continues and begins to cause problems we may need to revisit restrictions.

Tuel Lock flight will continue to run as normal.

Friday 31 August 2018 09:00 until further notice

Type: Navigation Restriction
Reason: Water resources

Update on 27/09/2018:

Following increased rainfall over the last month we are pleased to be in a position to reopen the summit section of the Rochdale canal without restrictions.

Water levels in the reservoirs that feed this section of the canal are still low which means although we’ve reopened this section there may be days where we may need to close due to low water levels. We will do our best to ensure these days are kept to a minimum and to give as much notice as possible although some days we may only be able to provide notices a few hours in advance.

However we will need overnight closures to remain in place for the Hebden Bridge area (Locks 5 to 13 where the opening times will be 9am until 4pm every day.  Tuel Lock flight will continue to run as normal.

 

 

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Lee Navigation

Ware Lock, EOG – L6 Moorings
Ends At: Lock 4, Stanstead Lock

Update on 28/08/2018:

The temporary navigation restriction between Stanstead Lock – Hardmead Lock will continue with restricted passage from Tuesday 28th August until further notice. The Lock opening times are as follows:

10:00 to 11:00 (this opening subject to closure at short notice due to water levels)

15.00 to 16.00

The morning opening is dependent on water levels and may be changed at short notice.

We are taking guidance from the Environment Agency regarding this, and are monitoring the levels closely as to whether the navigation can sustain two daily lock movements.

These opening arrangements will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

 

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Northampton Arm (Grand Union Canal):

Starts At: Lock 1
Ends At: Lock 12

Update on 17/08/2018:

Due to exceptionally dry weather during the last three months some of our canal feeding reservoirs are lower than we would normally expect for this time of year.

The recent rainfall has not significantly changed this situation. As the dry weather is set to continue into the autumn, we are taking steps now to reduce water usage by closing the canal overnight.

The following locks will be locked shut: 1,12 and 17. Boats wishing to moor within the flight should only do so between locks 12 and 17.

CRT will monitor the situation.

Canal Opening Times are 9am to 6pm.

Last entry to the Northampton Arm at lock 17 is 3.30pm, please also note that the lock flight from 1 to 12 will also be closed at 3:30pm

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Northampton Arm (Grand Union Canal):

Update on 17/08/2018:

Due to exceptionally dry weather during the last three months some of our canal feeding reservoirs are lower than we would normally expect for this time of year.

The recent rainfall has not significantly changed this situation. As the dry weather is set to continue into the autumn, we are taking steps now to reduce water usage by closing the canal overnight.

The following locks will be locked shut: 1,12 and 17. Boats wishing to moor within the flight should only do so between locks 12 and 17.

CRT will monitor the situation.

Canal opening hours are 9am to 6pm.

Last entry to the Northampton Arm at lock 17 is 3.30pm, please also note that the lock flight from 1 to 12 will also be closed at 3:30pm

 

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal:

Lock 1, River Lock

RESTRICTION (10am Friday 10 August 2018 until further notice)

Due to continued low rainfall CRT are having to introduce operating restrictions at this lock.

Starting on the 10th August the lock will be restricted to passages between 10am-4pm.

The lock will be padlocked closed after 4pm

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Chesterfield Canal:

Lock 65, West Stockwith Lock

ADVICE (1pm Wednesday 8 August 2018 until further notice)

West Stockwith Lock

This site will no longer accept cash payments after 30/09/2018.

All payments as of 01/10/2018 will be taken by card.

 

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Grand Union Canal: Blisworth Tunnel

BOOKING INFORMATION (Friday 10 August 2018 until further notice)

Wide Beam boats wishing to travel through the tunnel must book passage.  Passage is available Monday – Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) at 8am only and must be booked 48hrs in advance.

Please call 0303 040 4040 and ask to be put through to the Newark Admin Team or email East Midlands team:

enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Tunnel length: 2812m, travel time: 45 minutes

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Gloucester & Sharpness Canal: Bridge 2 High Level Bridge

BOOKING INFORMATION (4pm Tuesday 24 July 2018 until further notice)

Please be advised that due to the exceptional hot weather CRT are unable to take bridge bookings for the PM tides from 24/07/2018 until further notice.

Owners, Agents and Charterers should ensure that the contents of this Notice are made known to the Masters or persons in charge of their vessels or craft.

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River Trent: Lock 14, Newark Nether Lock

ADVICE (1pm Thursday 19 July 2018 until further notice)

Due to past issues with anti-social behaviour at Nether Lock, it was decided that the facilities will only be open between 9:30am and 5:30pm, when Lock Keepers are on duty.  CRT will monitor the situation and re-assess things once we are out of Lock Keeping season.

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Grand Union Canal:

Bridge 147, W’Well Swingbridge

RESTRICTION (6pm Saturday 7 July 2018 until further notice)

Due to a defect relating to the automated opening of the bridge it is necessary to restrict the opening times of this structure.

Until further notice staff will attend site  to manually operate the bridge.

The daily opening times for boat passage through the bridge will be 9am, 1pm and 4pm.

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Weaver Navigation:

Starts At: Saltersford Small Lock
Ends At: Vale Royal Small Lock

Update on 02/07/2018:

Following on from the timings stated below which are for week days, please note that lock passage times at weekends only are half past the hour, starting from 9.30am onwards.

RESTRICTION (3pm Tuesday 26 June 2018 until further notice)

Type: Navigation Restriction
Reason: Water resources

Original message:

As a consequence of the current dry spell and the long term forcast for dry weather, CRT are having to implement a water conservation strategy.  With this in mind there is a need to operate a times passage on the Weaver Navigation. The times of the lock passages will be as follows;

Saltersford Lock               Dutton,Hunts and Vale Royal

9am up                              9am down

10am Down                      10am Up

11am Up                           11am Down

12noon down                       12noon Up

1pm Up                              1pm Down

2pm Down                          2pm Up

3pm Up                               3pm Down

4pm Down                          4pm Up

5pm Up                               5pm Down

 

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Grand Union Canal:

Braunston Tunnel

BOOKING INFORMATION (Friday 10 August 2018 until further notice)

 

Wide Beam boats wishing to travel through the tunnel must book passage.  Passage is available Monday – Friday (excluding bank holidays) at 8am only and must be booked 48hrs in advance.

Please call 0303 040 4040 and ask to be put through to the Newark Admin Team or email East Midlands

enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Tunnel length: 1873m, travel time: 30 minutes

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Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal):

Saddington Tunnel

BOOKING INFORMATION (Friday 10 August 2018 until further notice)

Wide Beam boats wishing to travel through the tunnel must book passage.  Passage is available Monday – Friday at 8am only and must be booked 48hrs in advance.

Please call 0303 040 4040 and ask to be put through to the Newark Admin Team or email East Midlands team

enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk (Mon to Thurs, 8.30am – 5pm, Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm)

Tunnel length: 808m, travel time: 15 minutes

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Grand Union Canal:

Blisworth Tunnel

Update on 19/06/2018:

Wide Beam boats wishing to travel through the tunnel must book passage.  Passage is available Monday – Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) at 8am only and must be booked 48hrs in advance.

Please call either Steve Morgan 07711 796384 or Mark Whitfield 07717 806 769 or email East Midlands team:

enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Tunnel length: 1873m, travel time: 30 minutes

 

 

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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.

 

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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)

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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)

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