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Last update: 17th January 2020


Chesterfield Canal

Lock 65, West Stockwith Lock

BOOKING INFORMATION (until 4pm Friday 31 January 2020)

8am-4pm
The above Lock keeping hours are based on serviceable tides
For enquiries please telephone West Stockwith Lock on 01427 890204

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Fossdyke Canal

Torksey Lock

BOOKING INFORMATION (until Friday 31 January 2020)

January 15-20 10am-4pm

January 21-25 7am-1pm

January 26 8am-2pm

January 27-28 9am-3pm

January 29-31 10am-4pm

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River Ouse
Naburn Large Lock

BOOKING INFORMATION (11am Wednesday 1 January until 6.30pm Friday 31 January 2020)

  • Actual lock penning times vary depending on a number of factors including weather conditions, river level and predicted tide height. As a general guide passage Naburn to Selby/Goole is 2 hours before high-water at Naburn. Passage Selby to Naburn is at or close to start of flood at Selby. Passage time Selby to Goole can be at the start of ebb or high water depending on a number of factors.
  • Skippers of all craft planning passage should contact the lock keeper 24hrs in advance for advice on optimum passage times by calling Selby Lock on 01757 703182 or Naburn Lock on 01904 728500.
  • Locks are not manned before 06:00hrs or after 22:00hrs.
  • All times quoted above are local times and have been adjusted to BST where appropriate.
  • Waste reception facilities for general domestic waste including food and non-recyclable packaging are available at Selby and Naburn lock. Large items such as mattresses and tyres should be taken to the nearest council recycling centres.

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Selby Canal
Selby Lock (Lock 1)

BOOKING INFORMATION (9.30am Wednesday 1 January until 5pm Friday 31 January 2020)

  • Actual lock penning times vary depending on a number of factors including weather conditions, river level and predicted tide height. As a general guide passage Naburn to Selby/Goole is 2 hours before high-water at Naburn. Passage Selby to Naburn is at or close to start of flood at Selby. Passage time Selby to Goole can be at the start of ebb or high water depending on a number of factors.
  • Skippers of all craft planning passage should contact the lock keeper 24hrs in advance for advice on optimum passage times by calling Selby Lock on 01757 703182.
  • Locks are not manned before 6am or after 10pm.
  • All times quoted above are local times and have been adjusted to BST where appropriate.
  • Waste reception facilities for general domestic waste including food and non-recyclable packaging are available at Selby and Naburn lock. Large items such as mattresses and tyres should be taken to the nearest council recycling centres.

Stainforth & Keadby Canal

Keadby Lock

BOOKING INFORMATION (until 4pm Friday 31 January 2020)

7.30am-4pm

  • · Actual lock penning times vary depending on a number of factors including weather conditions, river level and predicted tide height.
  • · Skippers of all craft wishing to book passage should contact the lock keeper at least 24hrs in advance for advice on optimum passage times by calling Keadby Lock on 07733 124611

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Wigan Office, Trencherfield Mill
Starts At: Lock 87
Ends At: Bridge 51, pottery road bridge

ADVICE (8.30am-5pm Tuesday 21 January 2020)

Please be advised the Wigan Office will be closed to customers Tuesday, 21 January 2020.

The office will re-open at 9am, Wednesday, 22 January 2020.

If your matter is urgent, please call 03030 404040 to speak with our customer service team.

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Trent & Mersey Canal

Red Bull Office

ADVICE (8.30am-3pm Tuesday 21 January 2020)

On Tuesday 21st January 2020 the Red Bull Office will be closed to customers from 8:30am to 3.00pm, due to staff training.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

The customer facilities will not be affected by this and will remain open.

If your matter is urgent, please call our Customer Services team on 03030 404040

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Chesterfield Canal

Lock 65, West Stockwith Lock

BOOKING INFORMATION (8am Saturday 1 February until 4pm Saturday 29 February 2020)

8am-4pm
The above Lock keeping hours are based on serviceable tides
For enquiries please telephone West Stockwith Lock on 01427 890204

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River Ouse

Naburn Large Lock

BOOKING INFORMATION (11.30am Saturday 1 February until 6pm Saturday 29 February 2020)

  • Actual lock penning times vary depending on a number of factors including weather conditions, river level and predicted tide height. As a general guide passage Naburn to Selby/Goole is 2 hours before high-water at Naburn. Passage Selby to Naburn is at or close to start of flood at Selby. Passage time Selby to Goole can be at the start of ebb or high water depending on a number of factors.
  • Skippers of all craft planning passage should contact the lock keeper 24hrs in advance for advice on optimum passage times by calling Selby Lock on 01757 703182 or Naburn Lock on 01904 728500.
  • Locks are not manned before 06:00hrs or after 22:00hrs.
  • All times quoted above are local times and have been adjusted to BST where appropriate.
  • Waste reception facilities for general domestic waste including food and non-recyclable packaging are available at Selby and Naburn lock. Large items such as mattresses and tyres should be taken to the nearest council recycling centres.

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Selby Canal
Selby Lock (Lock 1)

BOOKING INFORMATION (10am Saturday 1 February until 4.30pm Saturday 29 February 2020)

  • Actual lock penning times vary depending on a number of factors including weather conditions, river level and predicted tide height. As a general guide passage Naburn to Selby/Goole is 2 hours before high-water at Naburn. Passage Selby to Naburn is at or close to start of flood at Selby. Passage time Selby to Goole can be at the start of ebb or high water depending on a number of factors.
  • Skippers of all craft planning passage should contact the lock keeper 24hrs in advance for advice on optimum passage times by calling Selby Lock on 01757 703182.
  • Locks are not manned before 6am or after 10pm.
  • All times quoted above are local times and have been adjusted to BST where appropriate.
  • Waste reception facilities for general domestic waste including food and non-recyclable packaging are available at Selby and Naburn lock. Large items such as mattresses and tyres should be taken to the nearest council recycling centres.

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Stainforth & Keadby Canal

Keadby Lock

BOOKING INFORMATION (7.30am Saturday 1 February until 4pm Saturday 29 February 2020)

7.30am-4pm

  • · Actual lock penning times vary depending on a number of factors including weather conditions, river level and predicted tide height.
  • · Skippers of all craft wishing to book passage should contact the lock keeper at least 24hrs in advance for advice on optimum passage times by calling Keadby Lock on 07733 124611

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River Nene

Dog-in-a-Doublet Lock

BOOKING INFORMATION (Monday 20 January until Friday 1 May 2020)

Please be aware due to short-term staffing issues the Dog in a Doublet Lock during the dates stated, all planned passages must be pre-booked through the Waterways Duty Officer on 07384 249151 with at least 24 hours’ notice.
When booking passage, boaters are to state if they need to purchase an Environment Agency Visitor’s Registration.
All vessels must be registered through the Environment Agency to use our Waterways.
Boats are to be insured and have a valid Boat Safety Certificate, proof of which will be requested at time of sale. Passage will only be granted when this requirement has been satisfied. Short term visitor’s registrations can also be purchased over the phone by calling the Boat Registration Team on 03708 506506 and asking for a visitor’s registration.
Exceptionally those vessels in possession of a CRT Gold Licence are already covered and this does not apply.

For further information, please call the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and ask for the Waterways team in the Lincolnshire & Northamptonshire area

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Bridge 20, Coxhead Swing Bridge

RESTRICTION (Tuesday 7 January 2020 until further notice)

Please be advised, due to a control system failure, Bridge 20, Coxhead Swing Bridge on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, is to be operated by prior arrangement with Trust staff only.
Customers who wish to use Bridge 20, please call the North-West Customer Support Team on 03030 404040 to arrange passage.
We politely request customers to provide as much notice as possible to ensure staff availability.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal

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

Update on 02/01/2020:

Please be advised, following the repairs to Lock 86, the ongoing Wigan Flight opening times apply to Lock 65 (Top of Wigan Flight) and Lock 85 (Bottom of Wigan Flight) only.

Lock 86 is open without restriction.

As a reminder, the Wigan Flight opening times are as follows;

  • 8.30am – 10am to facilitate entry on to the flight
  • 12.30pm – 2pm to allow exit off the flight

Lock 65 and Lock 85 will be padlocked outside these hours.

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Aire & Calder Navigation Main Line:

Overnight Access – Goole Visitor Moorings

ADVICE (3.15pm Thursday 12 December 2019 until further notice)

The access gate to Goole Visitor Moorings is currently locked overnight from 10pm and is reopened at 6am.

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Tidal River

Salters Lode

ADVICE (Thursday 5 December 2019 until further notice)

Due to siltation issues on the tidal River Great Ouse, passage through Salters Lode Lock is currently being restricted and is likely to be possible only on higher tides within the tidal cycle.

Please contact the Salters Lode Lock keeper as usual as far in advance as possible of any planned locking. They will advise on which tides and dates are the most viable for passage.

Please note that until Emergency Works can be undertaken to clear the obstructions that have formed this winter, this advice will remain in place and could affect journeys that travel via Salters Lode Lock.

For further information please call the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and ask for the Great Ouse Waterways team.

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Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigations

Aldwarke Lock

RESTRICTION (9am Thursday 28 November 2019 until further notice)

Due to damage caused to the down stream lock landing during the recent flooding, self passage through Aldwarke Lock is currently not possible.
Assisted passage will be available daily between 11am and 1pm by giving 24 hours notice.
To book your passage please call 03030 404040 during office hours.
On weekends, please call 0800 4799947

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Grand Union Canal

Lock 46 Cowroast & Water levels, Northchurch to Berkhamsted, Grand Union Canal
Starts At: Lock 49, Northchurch Lock
Ends At: Lock 55, Rising Sun

RESTRICTION (Monday 25 November 2019 until further notice)

Update on 27/11/2019:

Due to pump failure and low water level issues on the Grand Union Canal at Berkhamsted, Lock 46 Cowroast will be closed every day from 3pm starting from Thursday 28 November.

Passage through Lock 46 will be restricted between 8.30am-3pm only until the issue is resolved.

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Weaver Navigation

Please be aware we have revised the dates of the winter closures at Anderton Boat Lift.  The closures will now take place from 9th December 2019 until 13th March 2020.

 

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Aire & Calder Navigation Main Line

Lock 9 Castleford Junction Lock – Assisted passage

Update on 26/11/2019:

As water levels have increased again it is necessary to control the water through Castleford Lock.

Assisted passage through Castleford Lock will be available between 8:00am and 4:00pm.

To book passage through please call 03030 404040 giving 2 hours notice where possible.

RESTRICTION (2pm Monday 18 November until 4pm Friday 13 December 2019)

During the planned stoppage at Bulholme Lock we are controlling the water through Castleford Junction Lock and self operation of the lock will not be possible.
Assisted passage through Castleford Lock will be available between 8:00am and 4:00pm for the duration of the stoppage at Bulholme which is until 13 December 2019.
To book passage through Castleford lock please call 03030 404040 giving 2 hours notice where possible.


Rochdale Canal

Lock 65 Alfred Street

Monday 4 November 2019 12:00 until further notice

Type: Navigation Restriction
Reason: Water resources


Original message:

Please be advised, to be able to conserve water in the area, Lock 65, Alfred Street on the Rochdale Canal will be open for customer operation between 8am and 4pm, daily.

Lock 65 will be padlocked outside of these hours.

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Montgomery Canal

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

OPENING TIMES (until 2pm Monday 30 March 2020)

Frankton Locks are operated from 12-2pm daily. Booking required 48hrs prior to passage during winter period.

Book online at canalrivertrust.org.uk or via Customer Services on

03030 40 40 40

Please note:

Graham Palmer lock is closed for repairs for winter stoppage from 3/2/2020 – 6/3/2020

Only boats with a booking will be allowed passage through the locks.

Customers are advised that there is a maximum of 12 boats allowed down the locks and 12 boats allowed up the locks in any one day and 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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Rochdale Canal

Starts At: Lock 1
Ends At: Lock 3/4

BOOKING INFORMATION (until 3pm Friday 13 March 2020)

Tuel Lock (Lock 3/4), Sowerby Bridge is operated by a Canal & River Trust lock keeper. Please follow the local signage and the lock keeper’s instructions.

No permanent lock keeper will be present from Monday 4th November 2019 until Friday 13th March 2020.

Passage is available between 9am-3pm  – 7 days a week with last passage at 2.30pm

Bookings should be made by calling our Yorkshire & North East office on 03030 404040 during office hours (8am to 5pm) giving 48 hours notice of your booking.

Do not enter the tunnel (below lock 3) whilst boats are in lock 3.

Locks 1 and 3/4 will be padlocked outside of the normal entry hours specified above.

 

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal/Liverpool Canal Link

Intersection of: Stanley Dock Top Lock to Stanley Dock Top Lock on Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Mann Island Lock to Mann Island Lock on Liverpool Canal Link

BOOKING INFORMATION (until 9.30am Saturday 31 October 2020)

GETTING TO LIVERPOOL YOUR WAY

Book your stay in Liverpool on our visitor mooring in Salthouse Dock, with access via the Liverpool Canal Link all here on our website! You can choose your dates of your return passage via the Liverpool Canal Link and pick your preferred pontoon in Salthouse Dock. Please note, pontoons are available on a first come, first served basis.

The Liverpool Canal Link provides a navigable route from the bottom of the existing Stanley Lock Flight on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal to Liverpool’s South Docks.

Stanley Lock flight, Prince’s Lock and Mann Island Lock are all customer operated with roving lock keepers and volunteers available for guidance. Times of operating the Stanley Lock flight are;

  • 8:00am – 9:30am from Mann Island travelling out of Liverpool Docks on to the Leeds and Liverpool canal
  • 1pm – 4pm travelling from the Leeds and Liverpool canal in to Liverpool Docks

The Stanley Lock flight will be padlocked outside these hours. Please note passages are daily, with no passages available on Tuesdays.

Use of Bridge 9, Handcock’s Swing Bridge is restricted during peak traffic times, open for customer operation from 9:30am to 2pm and 6pm to 7:30am, daily. Installation of the landing stages at Bridge 6, Netherton Swing Bridge have enabled customer operation, with no assistance required.

Stay in Salthouse Dock is free for up to 7 nights with extra nights costing just £20 per night. 2020 passages are now available to book, open from 27 March 2020 till 31 October 2020.

As of May 2018, we have a 28 day no return policy on the bookings. The web system will not allow bookings within this period to be taken.

To see more information, including the Liverpool Link Skipper’s Guide, click here.

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River Nene

Wellingborough Embankment

ADVICE (until 31 March 2020)

As per the annual winter shutdown, the Elsan, pump-out and
water point at Wellingborough Embankment will not be in
operation 1 November 2019 to 31 March 2020 (inclusive).


Leeds & Liverpool Canal

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

BOOKING INFORMATION (until 2pm Friday 13 March 2020)

From 1st November 2019 to 13th 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.

To make a booking please call 03030 404040 Monday to Friday


Caldon Canal
Starts At: Foxley Pub, Milton
Ends At: Foxley Pub, Milton

(ongoing at 4.12.19)

Update on 18/10/2019:

Please note restricted passage is now for essential passages only on a Monday and Friday at midday.

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Huddersfield Narrow Canal
Starts At: Standedge Tunnel
Ends At: Standedge Tunnel

OPENING TIMES (until 9am Monday 6 April 2020)

The Standedge Cafe will be closing for the Winter months between the 10th November and March/April 2020.

 


Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal)
Starts At: Fixed Weir 1, Watford Towpath Weir
Ends At: Lock 7

OPENING TIMES (until Sunday 29 March 2020)

To maximise the available water, the Trust is taking sensible precaution of locking Watford Locks up overnight.

This measure is intended to reduce the potential for water losses and allow back pumps more time to transfer water onto the Leicester Summit.

Therefore, between 28th October and the 29th March the flight will be unlocked between 9:00am and 3:30pm, the last boat through the lock will be at 2:45pm.

Please ensure you have booked with the Lock Keeper before entering the flight, the Lock Keeper will be either on the lock flight or in the Lock Keepers hut at the top of the lock flight.

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Stainforth & Keadby Canal
Keadby Lock

BOOKING INFORMATION (2.15pm Tuesday 24 September 2019 until further notice)

Passage through Keadby Lock must be booked at least 24 hours in advance with our Lock Keepers by calling 07733 124611.

Opening Hours can be found on the following webpage:

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/where-we-work/yorkshire-and-north-east/lock-keeper-shift-tide-times


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

Update on 13/01/2020:

Due to ongoing issues with the phones at Boston Lock, we now have a new mobile phone number for our Lock Keepers.

The number for this phone and for contacting our Boston Lock Keepers is – 07387050967.

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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