Opening Times

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Last update: 13th August 2018


Chesterfield Canal: Lock 65, West Stockwith Lock

OPENING TIMES (until Friday 31 August 2018)

12-13th 7am-3pm
14th 8am-4pm
15th 9am-5pm
16-17th 10am-6pm
18th 11am-7pm
19th 12noon-8pm
20th-22nd 1-9pm
23rd 7-11am and 5-9pm
24-25th 7am-12noon and 6-9pm
26-28th 7am-3pm
29th 8am-4pm
30th-31st 9am-5pm
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River Witham: Lock 4, Boston Lock

OPENING TIMES (until Friday 31 August 2018)
13-Aug 9.30-10.30am and 4.30-7.30pm
14-Aug 10-11am and 3-8pm
15-Aug 7am-12noon and 7.30-8.30pm
16-Aug 7.30am-12.30pm and 8-9pm
17-Aug 8am-2pm
18-Aug 8.30am-2.30pm
19-Aug 9am-3pm
20-Aug 10.30am-2.30pm
21-Aug 12noon-6pm
22-Aug 1-7pm
23-Aug 2-8pm
24-Aug 7-8am and 3.30-8.30pm
25-Aug 7.30-8.30am and 4-9pm
26-Aug 8-9.30am and 1.30-6pm
27-Aug 8.30-10am and 2-6.30pm
28-Aug 9-10.30am and 2.30-7pm
29-Aug 9.30-11am and 3-7.30pm
30-Aug 10.30-11.30am and 3-8pm
31-Aug 7am-12noon and 7.30-8.30pm

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 Oxford Canal:

Starts At: Lock 17, Claydon Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 21, Claydon Bottom Lock

RESTRICTION (4pm Monday 13 August 2018 until further notice)

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.
We are taking steps now to reduce water usage by closing the canal overnight.
The Claydon flight will be open from 9am to 5pm with last entry into the lock flight at 4pm.
This will commence from Monday 13 August at 4pm.

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Oxford Canal:

Starts At: Lock 2, Hillmorton Bottom Lock (Tp)
Ends At: Lock 7, Hillmorton Top Lock (Os)

RESTRICTION (5pm Monday 13 August 2018 until further notice)

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. This will allow backpumps to circulate water more effectively around the canal network.

The locks listed above will be closed between 6.30pm and 9am with last entry at 5pm.

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Oxford Canal:

Starts At: Lock 8, Napton Bottom Lock
Ends At: Lock 13, Napton

RESTRICTION (5pm Monday 13 August 2018 until further notice)

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. This will allow backpumps to circulate water more effectively around the canal network.

The locks listed above will be closed between 6pm and 8.30am with last entry at 5pm.

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Oxford Canal:

Starts At: Lock 14, Adkins Lock
Ends At: Lock 16, Marston Doles Top Lock

RESTRICTION (5pm Monday 13 August 2018 until further notice)

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. This will allow backpumps to circulate water more effectively around the canal network.

The locks listed above will be closed between 6pm and 9am with last entry at 5pm.

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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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Leeds & Liverpool Canal:

Starts At: Lock 85, Lock 21
Ends At: Lock 30, Holme Bridge Lock

Monday 30 July 2018 until further notice

Type: Navigation Closure
Reason: Water resources

Update on 27/07/2018:

Due to the continued drawdown of the reservoirs, the prolonged low rainfall and with the forecast for further dry weather, the Trust will be implementing temporary closures to navigation between Wigan Flight (from below lock 85) and Gargrave (from below lock 30) commencing on Monday 30 July.

The lock flights at Wigan (locks 65 to 85), Johnsons Hillocks (58 to 64), Blackburn Flight (locks 52 to 57), Barrowford Locks (45 to 51), Greenberfield Locks (42 to 44), Bank Newton Locks (36 to 41) and Gargrave (locks 35 to 30) will be padlocked closed and the gates will be ashed up to reduce leakage.  To prevent unauthorised use, measures will be taken to make the locks inoperable.

The last passage for all affected flights will be 3pm on Monday 30 July, with the exception of Barrowford Locks (45 to 51), where the last passage will commence at 2:30pm and Wigan Flight (locks 65 to 85) where the opening times will be as follows:

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

It’s not clear how long the closure will last for but it’s likely to be throughout August and potentially beyond if there is no significant, sustained rainfall. While the closure will prevent use of that stretch of 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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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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Leeds & Liverpool Canal:

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

Update on 08/08/2018:

Due to continued low rainfall we are having to make further operating restrictions at Bingley Five Rive and Bingley Three Rise Locks. Starting on the 10th August passages will be restricted to the following times.

 

Passage down in the morning will be between 10am and 12pm. Due to the change in operating hours this will restrict the amount of boats that can use the flight and this will be managed on a first come first serve basis by the Lock Keepers on site

 

Passage up in the afternoon will be between 1pm and 3pm

 

Please liaise with the lock keepers once you are on site about passage through the lock. Our lock keepers will keep customers fully informed.

 

Friday 13 July 2018 09:00 until further notice

Type: Navigation Restriction
Reason: Water resources

Original message:

Due to the continued drawdown of the reservoirs, the prolonged low rainfall and with the forecast for further dry weather, starting today, the Trust is restricting opening hours daily at the following locations:

    • Bingley Five Rise and Bingley Three Rise Locks will be restricted to passage at the following times; passage down in the morning (between 8am and 12pm) and passage up in the afternoon (between 1pm and 5pm).

The lock flights will be padlocked closed at 5pm.  Please ensure that you enter the lock flight with sufficient time to get through, noting the last passage commencement times above.  Moorings are available at the top and bottom of the flights.

We will continue to monitor the water resources and updates will be issued should the situation change.  Please follow the guidance given by representatives of the Trust or on site signage.

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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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Glasson Branch (Lancaster Canal)

Starts At: Lock No.1
Ends At: Lock No.6

Update on 29/06/2018:

Low water levels on the Lancaster Canal.

To conserve water, CRT are implementing opening times on Glasson Locks.  The Glasson Flight will be open to navigation from 8am to 1pm daily.

A contract team is completing further weed removal works on Wednesday 4 July.

RESTRICTION (Monday 25 June 2018 until further notice)

Following a sustained period of warm weather, we are experiencing unexpected levels of weed growth on the feed at Tewitfield on the Lancaster Canal.  This has resulted in low water levels.  To conserve water, CRT are implementing opening times on Glasson Locks.  The Glasson Flight will be open to navigation from 9am to 3pm daily.

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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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Tees Navigation
Location: The Barrage Reach timetable

 

Update on 21/09/2017:

The Barrage Reach timetable has been revised.

A copy of the revised timetable can be found by copying the following link into your browser https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/refresh/media/thumbnail/33462-barrage-reach-timetable-august-2017.pdf and following the link on the Notices section of this page.

The revised changes will take place with immediate effect.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal:

Starts At: Stanley Dock Top Lock
Ends At: Bottom Lock, Stanley Dock Arm

Update on 10/04/2018:

GETTING TO LIVERPOOL YOUR WAY

As of Monday 16 April 2018, CRT will be launching a suite of improvements to deliver a full self-service experience for customers travelling towards Liverpool on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and for those using the Liverpool Canal Link. Improvements to how the swing bridges and Stanley Locks are operated and changes to our web booking system make it easier than ever before to access Liverpool and the historic Liverpool South Docks.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal improvements include:

  • Installation of road barriers and a new user pedestal will allow self-user operation at Bridge 9 (Handcock’s Swing Bridge).  Please note that use of the bridge will be restricted during peak traffic times and will be open for user operation from 9:30am to 2:00pm and 6pm to 7:30am daily (no assistance required).
  • Installation of new landing stages at Bridge 6 (Netherton Swing Bridge) will enable user operation.  We have also completed extensive site works to clear vegetation, install new fencing, pathways and signage across the site.

Liverpool Canal Link improvements include:

  • Improvements to the Stanley Locks and paddles will facilitate user operation (roving lock keepers will be available for guidance)
  • Changes to the passage times will allow unlimited boat movements during allocated windows (8:00am to 9:30am travelling out of Liverpool and 1pm to 4pm travelling into Liverpool daily except Tuesdays). Please note a web booking is still required for the Liverpool Canal Link and this can be made on the boat licensing pages on this link
  • Changes to the web booking system mean that you can now book your own pontoon mooring in Salthouse Dock
  • Installation of a pontoon landing stage in Princes Dock allows customers to safely access the lock for operation
  • Installation of a pontoon at the bottom of Stanley Lock Flight allows customers to safely access the locks for operation

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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 April to 15th September (inclusive) open 8am to 8pm, last locking 5pm

16th September to 30th September (inclusive) open 8am to 7pm, last locking 4pm

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.

 

23 April 2018 – 2 September 2018

8am to 7pm (last assisted boat in 6:15pm)

 

3 September 2018 – 21 October 2018

9am to 5pm (last assisted boat in 4:15pm)

 

22 October 2018 – 31 March 2019

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

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River Ouse: 

Nidd Mouth Nun Monkton River Ouse – Ferry Boat Trips

ADVICE (11am Saturday 31 March until 4pm Sunday 28 October 2018)

The foot passenger ferryboat service will be open to the public at weekends only from Saturday 31st March (depending on river levels) until the end of October from 11am – 4pm.

Full details can be found on the website www.nunmonktonferryboat.org

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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.

2 April 2018 – 2 September 2018

8am to 7pm (last entry into the locks 6:15pm)

3 September 2018 – 21 October 2018

9am to 5pm (last entry into the locks 4:15pm)

22 October 2018 – 31 March 2019

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

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Starts At: Lock 7, Kirkstall Little Lock
Ends At: Lock 13, Newlay Top Lock

OPENING TIMES (Monday 19 March until Wednesday 31 October 2018)

SUMMER OPENING TIMES FOR KIRKSTALL TO NEWLAY VIA FORCE LOCKS

FROM 19 MARCH TO 31 OCTOBER 2018

Please be advised that from 19 March to 31 October 2018, Kirkstall (Lock 7) to Newlay (Lock 13) opening times are as follows.

First passage commences at 8am daily.

Last passage commences at 5pm daily.

Following the last passage, the above will be locked up until the following morning.

**AS OF 1 OCTOBER, THE LAST PASSAGE COMMENCES AT 4PM**

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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

OPENING TIMES (Monday 19 March until Wednesday 31 October 2018)

SUMMER OPENING TIMES FOR BINGLEY THREE AND FIVE RISE LOCKS

FROM 19 MARCH TO 31 OCTOBER 2018

Bingley Five and Three Rise Locks opening times for 2018 are as follows:

First passage commences at 8am daily.

Last passage commences at 5pm daily.

Following the last passage, the above will be locked up until the following morning.

**AS OF 1 OCTOBER, THE LAST PASSAGE COMMENCES AT 4PM**


Gloucester & Sharpness Canal
Bridge 8 – Fretherne Bridge

ADVICE (4pm Wednesday 21 February 2018 until further notice)

Please be advised that on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal some of the busy road bridges are closed to boat traffic during peak times to allow flow of road traffic and in accordance with agreed protocols with Gloucestershire County Council.

Fretherne Bridge is closed for boat traffic from 8.20am to 9am Monday to Friday during school term times.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Gloucester Lock on 01452 310832 or the local waterway at enquiries.southwalessevern@canalrivertrust.org.uk