Opening Times

Notice: Towpath Talk and Mortons Media Group Ltd. is not responsible for any of the information held on this page. Please confirm any stoppages and restrictions with individual waterways prior to travelling.

Last update: 18th April 2019

Chesterfield Canal

Lock 65, West Stockwith Lock

OPENING TIMES (Monday 1 April until Tuesday 30 April 2019)

18th 7am-12noon and 6-9pm
19-20th 7am-3pm
21st-22nd 8am-4pm
23rd-24th 9am-5pm
25th 10am-6pm
26th 11am-7pm
27th 12noon-8pm
28-30th 1-9pm


Fossdyke Canal

Lock 1, Torksey Lock

OPENING TIMES (until Tuesday 30 April 2019)

18th 7am-1pm and 7-9pm
19-20th 8am-4pm
21st-22nd 9am-5pm
23rd-27th 10am-6pm
28th 11am-7pm
29-30th 12noon-8pm

The above Lock keeping hours are based on serviceable tides.

For enquiries please telephone Torksey lock on 01427 718202

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:


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.


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.


Grand Union Canal/South Dock/Paddington Arm (Grand Union Canal)

Easter Holiday 2019 Closing Times, Milton Keynes, Brentford and Little Venice offices

CLOSING TIMES (Wednesday 17 April until Tuesday 23 April 2019)

Our Easter holiday 2019 closing times are as follows:

Milton Keynes, Brentford and Little Venice Offices, Thursday 18 April – close at 5pm.

The offices will reopen on Tuesday 23 April

* During this time there will be no bookings taken for bookable moorings or lock passages *


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.


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.


Montgomery  Canal:

Starts At: Lock 1, Frankton Locks
Ends At: Lock 4, Frankton Locks

OPENING TIMES (Thursday 21 March until Sunday 3 November 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

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.


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.


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.


Trent & Mersey Canal
Harecastle Tunnel

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


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.