Opening Times

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Last update: 6th October 2021

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Weaver Navigation
Anderton Boat Lift

OPENING TIMES (9am Monday 1 November 2021 until 5pm Thursday 31 March 2022)

Anderton Boat Lift Winter Operating Times 2021

From 1st November 2021 until 31st March 2022, the Lift is operating Mondays and Fridays only.

Passage will be available 10:00 – 14:30 both days.

The lift will be closed for the festive period from Friday 24th December 2021 until Monday 3rd January 2022 (inclusive) and for the 2 winter stoppages (6th to 19th December 2021 and 14th February – 4th March 2022).

It is important that all boats travelling through the Lift have the correct license, Boat Safety Certificate and valid insurance. Please make sure your details are up to date prior to booking as these will be checked during the booking sequence.

Bookings can be made via your online account. Alternatively, you can call and book with our team by calling 03030 404040 between Monday to Friday, 8.30am till 5pm and Saturday & Sunday, 10am till 2pm.

Please ensure that you arrive at the holding area 30 minutes before the scheduled passage.

This window gives our staff an opportunity to visually check the boat for any potential issues, and more importantly, allows time for the safety briefing to be delivered and to answer any questions that might arise.

You will be charged the full amount should you fail to turn up for your booked passage. Failing to turn up has an adverse impact on the efficiency of the Lift and our limited operational staff.

You can view this notice and its map online here:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/20777/anderton-boat-lift

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Location: Winter Opening Hours 2021/2022 Bingley 3 & 5 Rise & Kirkstall, Forge & Newlay Locks
Starts At: Lock 29, Bingley 5 Rise Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 7, Kirkstall Little Lock

Monday 1 November 2021 09:00 until Thursday 31 March 2022 13:00

Type: Booking Information

Original message:

From 1st November 2021 to 31st March 2022 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 1pm daily.

Following the last daily passage these locks will be locked up.

Christmas & New Year:

Please be advised that all the above locks will be closed to passage on the 25th & 26th December 2020 and the 1st of January 2021.

To make a booking, please sign in to the online licensing pages and click on ‘my boats’, followed by the ‘bookings’ section.

https://licensing.canalrivertrust.org.uk/Account/SignIn

Please note if you need to canal your booking please phone 03030 40 40 40 Monday to Friday and 0800 47 999 47 Saturday & Sunday.

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Weaver Navigation
Location: Anderton Boat Lift, 2021 Operating Schedule

Update on 29/09/2021:

We are currently experiencing short-term operating challenges at Anderton Boat Lift as a result of colleague sickness. In the interest of safety and the smooth running of the lift it is necessary to make changes to private passage availability throughout October.

During the week commencing 4 October private passage will be available on Tuesday 5, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10.

Throughout the rest of October passage will be available every Tuesday to Thursday plus Saturday and Sunday.

We understand the importance of planning your journey and we apologise for any inconvenience. We are doing everything we can to get back to a full service for 2022 and we look forward to seeing you at the lift.

To book your passage please visit https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/anderton-boat-lift-visitor-centre/boating-through-anderton-boat-lift

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Starts At: Lock 57, Bottom Lock
Ends At: Lock 52, Top Lock

RESTRICTION (2pm Monday 27 September 2021 until further notice)

Please be advised the following opening times will be implemented between Lock 57, Bottom Lock and Lock 52, Top Lock, Blackburn, on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal to oversee safe use of the locks and to reduce the risk of vandalism.

The Locks will be open for navigation between:
• 8.30am – 3.30pm Daily
Outside of the above operating hours the locks will be padlocked closed.

The local team will be attending regularly to ensure the water levels are maintained.
It is not clear how long the restrictions will be in place. While the restrictions will restrict the use of the 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.
If you experience any issues, please call our North West Customer Support Team on 03030 404040.

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Stainforth & Keadby Canal

Starts At: Bridge 83, Keadby Rail Drawbridge
Ends At: Keadby Lock

Update on 04/10/2021:

Please see below advised dates proposed by Network Rail for passage through Keadby Rail Drawbridge, 83.

Tuesday 12th of October

Thursday 14th of October

Tuesday 19th of October

Thursday 21st of October

Tuesday 26th of October

Thursday 28th of October

Tuesday 2nd of November

Thursday 4th of November

Any craft wishing to pass through the Bridge must be present by 12:00 on the above date/s.

You may experience a delay of up to 1 hour to allow Network Rail to operate the Bridge around rail traffic.

Network Rail will only be operating the Bridge for one opening within each specified window in order to mitigate any failure.

This notice will be updated with any future dates once these have been confirmed by Network Rail.

Update on 30/09/2021:

Network Rail have advised that Keadby Rail Drawbridge will be available for limited passage on the following dates and times-

Tuesday 05/10/2021
Thursday 07/10/2021

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Trent & Mersey Canal

Etruria Lock Flight, Stoke on Trent
Starts At: Lock 40 Summit Lock
Ends At: Lock 36 Stoke Bottom Lock

RESTRICTION (1pm Sunday 19 September 2021 until further notice)

Navigation will be closed from 18:00 and reopened at 08:00. This is due to vandalism of lock gates and loss of water. Canal & River Trust apologies for this inconvenience .

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Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation

Update on 17/09/2021:

Due to the damaged heel post the lock will not be available for self operation.

Until the repair works are complete, assisted passage will be available daily at 12:00.

No booking is required, however all craft wishing to pass through Long Sandall Lock will need to be present at the Lock before 12:00 on the day of passage.

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

Update on 26/08/2021:

Sincere apologies for confusion, restricted passage will be re-instated as of the 31st August and at this point passage will be possible from 10am to 4pm (last boat entry to the flight at 3.15pm).

Update on 26/08/2021:

We have now returned to restricted hours at Foxton Locks 8 to 17.

Passage will be possible from 10am to 4pm (last boat entry to the flight at 3.15pm)

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

Update on 26/08/2021:

Sincere apologies for confusion, restricted passage will be re-instated as of the 31st August and at this point passage will be possible from 10am to 4pm (last boat entry to the flight at 3.15pm).

Update on 26/08/2021:

  • Restricted passage has now been reinstated at Watford Locks 1 to 7.
  • Passage will be possible from 10am to 4pm (last boat entry to the flight at 3.15pm).

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Coventry Canal

Coventry Canal Basin

BOOKING INFORMATION (until 4pm Sunday 31 October 2021)

Update on 20/08/2021:

Welcome to Coventry UK City of Culture 2021!

The visitor moorings in Coventry Basin are free. Until 31st October 2021, all visiting boats are required to pre-book a mooring in advance of their visit. To pre-book a mooring, please use our online booking system: Book your mooring here

For further information, please visit –

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/where-we-work/west-midlands/celebrating-coventry-uk-city-of-culture-2021

Original message:

Coventry is the UK 2021 City of Culture with lots of exciting events taking place around the city. This will also include activities on and around the Coventry Canal and in particular the basin.

The Drapers Field visitor mooring, starting immediately after Bridge 1, will not require booking so boaters are still welcome to visit and use this mooring without pre-booking. All moorings, including the bookable ones in the basin, will be free and the boater facilities in the basin will also remain open to all visiting boats.

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Grand Union Canal

Bridge 147, Winkwell Swingbridge

RESTRICTION (2pm Wednesday 11 August 2021 until further notice)

Please be aware, due to a technical fault, Winkwell Swing Bridge 147 will be operated by CRT operatives at the following times to for navigation until further notice.
0900am, 1200pm & 1500pm.
Colleagues will let through waiting boats at these times but will not remain on site.

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Trent & Mersey Canal
Harecastle Tunnel Summer 2021 Opening Times
Update on 05/08/2021:

Please be advised that booking should be made at least  24 hours before passage. Please click here to book

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Rochdale Canal
Starts At: Lock 36
Ends At: Lock 37, West Summit

RESTRICTION (1pm Wednesday 4 August 2021 until further notice)

Please be advised the following opening times will be implemented between Lock 36 and Lock 37, West Summit on the Rochdale Canal to oversee safe use of the locks and to reduce the risk of vandalism:

  • 8am – 4pm Daily

The above locks will be padlocked closed outside of these times, and the local team will be attending regularly to ensure the water levels are maintained.

It is not clear how long the restrictions will be in place, however if there is no significant, sustained rainfall it is likely further restrictions will be implemented. While the restrictions will restrict the use of the 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.

If you experience any issues, please call our North West Customer Support Team on 03030 404040.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Dry Dock, Wigan

Update on 11/08/2021:

We are pleased to advise our local team have carried out a successful repair to the paddles and cill liners of Wigan Dry Dock. Scaffolding and stop planks have now been removed and a sufficient testing period has been completed. The Wigan Dry Dock will be open and back in operation from Friday 13 August. You can see how to book and check availability, here: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/boating-services/booking-a-dry-dock-online

Update on 04/08/2021:

We are pleased to advise work is progressing well at Wigan Dry Dock.

Our local teams will begin to remove the scaffolding supports from Monday next week, followed by the removal of any stop planks.

A further update will be provided Wednesday 11 August.

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

Update on 02/08/2021:

No sooner had we agreed within the team that we could shorten the summer notice period from 5 days to 3, they have come up with an additional solution to reduce booked passage at Boston to 2 days.

As the navigation authority we retain the right to refuse or cancel passage where necessary to do so. However we aim to adhere to 2 day notice periods as far as possible.

Therefore please give at least 2 days notice for passage through Boston Lock. Our Lock keeper remains well placed to advise on tidal passage.

Update on 02/08/2021:

Tidal Lock Operation Boston.

We have reviewed our operating times at Boston and shortened our required notice from 5 days to 3 days. Our summer operating times remain 7am to 9am and passage is tide dependent

As before the Lock keepers are best placed to advise on tidal time bookings

Update on 29/07/2021:

TIDAL LOCK OPERATION IN THE EAST MIDLANDS

All our tidal locks Cromwell, Torksey and Boston 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.

All three are managed by a booking system. To allow for us to arrange for a lock keeper to be on site, we require at least 2 working days notice for passage through Cromwell and Torksey and 5 working days notice for Boston. All of our bookings are subject to availability so please try and book with as much notice as possible to avoid disappointment.

Bookings can be arranged by calling our lock keepers on the following numbers:

Torksey Lock – M: 07884238781  LL: 01427 718202

Cromwell Lock – M: 07887754485  LL: 01636 821213

Boston Lock – M: 07387050967

The geography and nature of all three locks are different and therefore they have to operate slightly differently in terms of passage in line with the tides. There are only certain times within the core hours that passage is possible.

When calling to book, the Lock Keeper will advise you on the best tides and times available and will assist you in planning your passage through our tidal lock.

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Fossdyke Canal
Lock 1, Torksey Lock

BOOKING INFORMATION (Friday 30 July 2021 until further notice)

Due to a technical problem, the Lock Site mobile is not currently working.

Boaters can still make their bookings of passage, by using the lock landline number – 01427 718202

Any issues please ring 0303 040 4040 or email us at enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk

We will update the website as soon as we have the mobile working again.

Update on 29/07/2021:

TIDAL LOCK OPERATION IN THE EAST MIDLANDS

All our tidal locks Cromwell, Torksey and Boston 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.

All three are managed by a booking system. To allow for us to arrange for a lock keeper to be on site, we require at least 2 working days notice for passage through Cromwell and Torksey and 5 working days notice for Boston. All of our bookings are subject to availability so please try and book with as much notice as possible to avoid disappointment.

Bookings can be arranged by calling our lock keepers on the following numbers:

Torksey Lock – M: 07884238781  LL: 01427 718202

Cromwell Lock – M: 07887754485  LL: 01636 821213

Boston Lock – M: 07387050967

The geography and nature of all three locks are different and therefore they have to operate slightly differently in terms of passage in line with the tides. There are only certain times within the core hours that passage is possible.

When calling to book, the Lock Keeper will advise you on the best tides and times available and will assist you in planning your passage through our tidal lock.

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River Trent
Lock 15, Cromwell Lock – Top Chamber

BOOKING INFORMATION (Friday 30 July 2021 until further notice)

Due to a technical problem, the Lock Site mobile is not currently working.

Boaters can still make their bookings of passage, by using the lock landline number – 01636 821213

Any issues please ring 0303 040 4040 or email us at enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk

We will update the website as soon as we have the mobile working again.

Update on 29/07/2021:

TIDAL LOCK OPERATION IN THE EAST MIDLANDS

All our tidal locks Cromwell, Torksey and Boston 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.

All three are managed by a booking system. To allow for us to arrange for a lock keeper to be on site, we require at least 2 working days notice for passage through Cromwell and Torksey and 5 working days notice for Boston. All of our bookings are subject to availability so please try and book with as much notice as possible to avoid disappointment.

Bookings can be arranged by calling our lock keepers on the following numbers:

Torksey Lock – M: 07884238781  LL: 01427 718202

Cromwell Lock – M: 07887754485  LL: 01636 821213

Boston Lock – M: 07387050967

The geography and nature of all three locks are different and therefore they have to operate slightly differently in terms of passage in line with the tides. There are only certain times within the core hours that passage is possible.

When calling to book, the Lock Keeper will advise you on the best tides and times available and will assist you in planning your passage through our tidal lock.

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Grand Union Canal
Lock 99, Clitheroes Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: GU-216-001 Three Bridges
Down Stream Winding Hole: GU-220-017 Brentford Lock Bridge

Update on 11/06/2021:

Please be advised that Clitheroes Lock will now be manned between 7:30am and 10am, Monday to Friday, until further notice to allow boats to pass through.

Outside of these times the navigation will remain closed until more repairs are undertaken.

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Kennet & Avon Canal

Caen Hill Flight – Opening Hours for 2021- 22
Starts At: Lock 22, Lower Foxhangers Lock
Ends At: Lock 50, Kennet Lock (Top Lock)

OPENING TIMES (until 4pm Thursday 31 March 2022)

Please be advised below of the Caen Hill Flight opening hours for 2021 – 22.

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 2021 to 31st March 2022 (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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Leigh Branch (L&L)/Rochdale Canal/Trent & Mersey Canal

Bridgewater Canal Passage

Intersection of: Bridge 10, A572 Road Bridge to Bridge 10, A572 Road Bridge on Leigh Branch (L&L Canal) and Lock 92 Castlefield to Lock 92 Castlefield on Rochdale Canal and Preston Brook Tunnel to Preston Brook Tunnel on Trent & Mersey Canal

BOOKING INFORMATION (until further notice)

An agreement between the Trust and the Bridgewater Canal Company means that boaters can now spend up to ten days cruising away from their home navigation free of charge. There are no restrictions about how far you can travel, but you will need to book your passage online and return to your home navigation authority within the ten days. You can revisit the other authority’s water again after a 28-day period.

You can see more information on booking a passage, here.

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Trent & Mersey Canal

Customer Services Facilities at Westport Lake Visitor Centre
Westport Br 128-127A Visitor Mooring

ADVICE (1pm Tuesday 25 May 2021 until further notice)

The Customer Service Facilities at Westport Lake Visitor Centre, provided by owners Stoke on Trent City Council for use by visiting boaters, are not currently fit for public use. We are working with the Council and Visitor Centre tenants, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, to find a long-term solution to bring these back up to standard and into use; but for now, the facilities are closed to ensure public safety.
Alternative facilities are provided South of Westport Lake on the Caldon Canal at Etruria Junction, or North at Harecastle Tunnel North Portal.

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Gloucester & Sharpness Canal
Starts At: Bridge 24, Llanthony Lift Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 8, Fretherne Bridge

ADVICE (3.45pm Monday 24 May 2021 until further notice)

Please be advised that during school term times Llanthony Bridge and Fretherne Bridge, two of our busy road bridges on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal are closed to boat traffic from 08:20 to 09:00 Monday to Friday, in accordance with agreed protocols with Gloucestershire County Council

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Trent & Mersey Canal
Welcome Station at Fradley Junction

ADVICE (10am Wednesday 19 May until 2pm Sunday 31 October 2021)

From Wednesday 19th May our Visitor Welcome Volunteers will be delighted to welcome you again to our Welcome Station at Fradley Junction.  As well as our usual services for boaters, we’ve got lots of local information, and a range of attractive items on sale. If you’re visiting Fradley, why not pop by between 10am and 2pm, we are open 7 days a week.

Keys and pump out cards are available for our boating customers, but for licence transactions you’ll need to visit our website at https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/buy-your-boat-licence.

Please note, we’re only able to accept payments by card.

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

OPENING TIMES (Monday 17 May 2021 until further notice)

We approach the water management of the canal system using a concept of hydrological units. We define a “hydrological unit” as a canal or group of canals that are supplied from the same water sources. The Oxford & Grand Union Hydrological Unit (Ox&GU) is a complex hydrological unit that is made up of several connecting canals, with three groups of reservoirs. It is connected via a system of pumps that can recirculate and transfer water around the system.

To protect our water resources supply the canal for years to come we must periodically  undertake maintenance works at our reservoirs. To safely undertake these works on occasion it is important to reduce the water levels.

Maintenance works are required to Sulby reservoir this summer that will require water levels in both Sulby and neighbouring Welford to be significantly lowered. These works are planned to commence mid-June and will take much of the boating season to complete.

Welford and Sulby reservoirs are extremely responsive to rainfall and there is no bypass channel to divert water around the reservoirs. Therefore, it would have been extremely difficult to plan these works during winter months as it would have been difficult to prevent the reservoirs refilling prior to the works being completed.

We are now in the process of drawing Welford and Sulby down for their planned works.

Despite the current generally positive hydrological status our water resource modelling has suggested that action is required to minimise disruption to navigation through the summer main boating season.

Additional maintenance and clearance works will be taking place in canal feeder channels to pass water more efficiently.

We are investigating improvements to pumping stations to make the best use of water released from other reservoirs in the hydrological unit.

We will also be locking up specific locations overnight with the aim of saving water, and allowing backpumps to recirculate and transfer water from one part of the hydrological unit to another.

At this stage the measures will only affect the Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal.

These measures will be implemented to coincide with expected increases in boat movement, and therefore water demand increases, on the 17th May.

  • At Foxton Locks 8 to 17 passage will be possible from 10am to 4pm (last boat entry to the flight at 3.15pm).

We will regularly review mitigation measures and continue to monitor the network closely to determine the best course of action.

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

OPENING TIMES (Monday 17 May 2021 until further notice)

We approach the water management of the canal system using a concept of hydrological units. We define a “hydrological unit” as a canal or group of canals that are supplied from the same water sources. The Oxford & Grand Union Hydrological Unit (Ox&GU) is a complex hydrological unit that is made up of several connecting canals, with three groups of reservoirs. It is connected via a system of pumps that can recirculate and transfer water around the system.

To protect our water resources supply the canal for years to come we must periodically  undertake maintenance works at our reservoirs. To safely undertake these works on occasion it is important to reduce the water levels.

Maintenance works are required to Sulby reservoir this summer that will require water levels in both Sulby and neighbouring Welford to be significantly lowered. These works are planned to commence mid-June and will take much of the boating season to complete.

Welford and Sulby reservoirs are extremely responsive to rainfall and there is no bypass channel to divert water around the reservoirs. Therefore, it would have been extremely difficult to plan these works during winter months as it would have been difficult to prevent the reservoirs refilling prior to the works being completed.

We are now in the process of drawing Welford and Sulby down for their planned works.

Despite the current generally positive hydrological status our water resource modelling has suggested that action is required to minimise disruption to navigation through the summer main boating season.

Additional maintenance and clearance works will be taking place in canal feeder channels to pass water more efficiently.

We are investigating improvements to pumping stations to make the best use of water released from other reservoirs in the hydrological unit.

We will also be locking up specific locations overnight with the aim of saving water, and allowing backpumps to recirculate and transfer water from one part of the hydrological unit to another.

At this stage the measures will only affect the Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal.

These measures will be implemented to coincide with expected increases in boat movement, and therefore water demand increases, on the 17th May.

At Watford Locks 1 to 7 passage will be possible 10am – 4pm (last boat entry to the flight at 3.15pm).

We will regularly review mitigation measures and continue to monitor the network closely to determine the best course of action.

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

BOOKING INFORMATION (8am Friday 14 May until Sunday 31 October 2021)

Summer 2021 Opening Times:

Frankton Locks are open from 9 am to 12 noon daily but it must be pre-booked online. (Book your passage online here) Before you commence your booking, please check that your craft is within the maximum dimensions which can be found here.

Please note that a return passage must be booked a maximum of 14 days after you have entered on to the Montgomery Canal.

You can book any day in advance but no later than 10.00 am on the day of your passage.

Please arrive at the locks anytime between 9am and 12 noon.

There will no passage outside of the opening times.

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Anglian waterways

Update on 14/05/2021:

Boaters now have the option to purchase an ‘Anglian Pass’ which allows them to navigate unrestricted across neighbouring navigations.

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Grand Union Canal
Booking your passage through Thames Lock, Brentford
Starts At: Lock 101A, Thames Lock (House side)
Ends At: Lock 101B, Thames Lock (Boat yard side)

ADVICE (Thursday 6 May 2021 until further notice)

Booking your passage through Thames Lock, Brentford

If you want to travel through Thames Lock, you’ll need to book online at least 48 hours in advance

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/my-trust/flow/signup-signin

The River Thames flows downstream towards Docklands. But the tide is more powerful – it’ll be either pushing water back up towards Teddington or pull it back towards the Docklands. If you’re travelling on the Thames, you need to travel with the tide.

High tide (or high water) is the point at which the tide’s direction switches. You’ll want to be at your destination by then.

The lock booking times are set to the appropriate direction of travel working with tide times from London bridge.

Please ensure you select the correct direction of travel for your booking.

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River Thames (non-tidal)/River Kennet

Update on 19/04/2021:

Facilities for boaters at Environment Agency lock sites on the non-tidal River Thames and the River Kennet.

You can now buy short term boat registrations at locks. Some locks will now offer assisted passage. The cleaning contract for some toilets has been extended to the end of May. We have resumed charging for short stay moorings, sewage pump-outs and electric charging points.

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Grand Union Canal
Blisworth Tunnel

Update on 19/04/2021:

Blisworth Tunnel is now open as normal.

Wide Beam boats can book as they did before, by using the online booking system – https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/planning-your-boat-trip/booking-your-passage-online

Passage needs to be booked 48 hours in advance, and can be booked Monday – Friday (Exc bank holiday and weekends).  Wide Beams need to be ready at the entrance of the tunnel for 7:45am.

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Grand Union Canal
Braunston Tunnel

Update on 19/04/2021:

Braunston Tunnel is now open as normal.

Wide Beam boats can book as they did before, by using the online booking system – https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/planning-your-boat-trip/booking-your-passage-online

Passage needs to be booked 48 hours in advance, and can be booked Monday – Friday (Exc bank holiday and weekends).  Wide Beams need to be ready at the entrance of the tunnel for 7:45am.

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Weaver Navigation
Vale Royal, Hunts, Saltersford and Dutton Locks
Starts At: Vale Royal Small Lock
Ends At: Dutton Large Lock

SUMMER OPENING TIMES (8.30am Monday 19 April 2021 until further notice)

Following feedback from our customers, from Monday 19 April, Vale Royal, Hunts, Saltersford and Dutton Locks on the Weaver Navigation will be open to navigation 7 days a week.

The 4 locks will be manned and open to navigation as per the following times. No booking required.

  • Monday to Friday –10am and last passage at 2.30pm
  • Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays –10am and last passage at 5pm

Pre-arranged bookings are also available from:

Monday to Friday

  • 8.30am – 10am
  • 2.30pm – 5pm

To guarantee passage, bookings need to be made by 4pm on the day prior, or by 4pm on the Friday for the following Monday. We will try our best to accommodate same day bookings, but this cannot be guaranteed.

To make a booking please call our North West Customer Support Team on 03030 404040.

Please note, these times will remain under review, and we will continue to look at further improvements in the future.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Wigan to Kirkstall, Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Starts At: Lock 85, Lock 21
Ends At: Lock 42, Bottom Lock

Update on 12/07/2021:

We have had significant and sustained rainfall in the North West over the last couple of weeks that has improved our reservoir holdings sufficiently to ensure we have enough water for the remainder of the boating season. We are pleased to advise we have removed the operating times and padlocks from the following locks, allowing free flowing navigation along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal:

  • Johnson Hillocks
  • Blackburn Locks
  • Barrowford Locks
  • Greenberfield Locks
  • Bank Newton Locks
  • Gargrave Lock

The following flights will continue to operate at the times stated below:

North West

Wigan Flight:

  • Open at 8am, close at 4pm. Last entry 12pm

Yorkshire & North East

Bingley 3 & 5 Rise Summer Opening Times:

Morning

  • 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.

Afternoon

  • 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.

Newlay, Forge and Kirkstall Locks Summer Opening Times:

Available for self-operation between the hours of 08:00 and 16:00 daily. However, there will be roving lock keepers between Leeds & Newlay to offer assistance through the locks if required.

Please note that the locks will be padlocked at 16:00 every evening.

We ask all boaters to help us manage our water efficiently by doubling up in locks and ensuring all paddles are left down and locked where possible.

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Macclesfield Canal/Peak Forest Canal

Intersection of: Lock 1 to Lock 12 on Macclesfield Canal and Lock 1 to Lock 16 on Peak Forest Canal

Update on 30/04/2021:

Please be advised, due to the combined effect of ongoing works at Toddbrook Reservoir and continued low rainfall the Macclesfield and Peak Forest Canals Operating Times for the Bosley and Marple Lock Flights will start Friday 7 May. These are as follows:

Bosley Lock Flight – Daily

  • Open from 8:30am to allow passage through the flight. Last entry to the flight will be at 1pm, and all boats must be off the flight by 4pm.

Marple Lock Flight – Daily

  • Open from 8:30am to allow passage through the flight. Last entry to the flight will be at 12 noon, and all boats must be off the flight by 4pm.

By implementing these Operating Times, we hope it will allow our customers to plan their journey knowing what to expect over the summer months as our teams continue to work hard to conserve water at every opportunity.

You can help us conserve water by:

  • Ensuring paddles are fully closed once they have 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.

Our teams will continue to monitor our reservoir holdings throughout the season. Please note, these initial operating times will remain under review and could be subject to change.

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Aire & Calder Navigation Main Line
Goole Docks – leisure craft
Goole Visitor Moorings

Update on 16/04/2021:

We have been advised by Associated British Ports they are to open up limited penning for leisure craft from Monday 19th April.

Bookings will be controlled by the Duty Assistant Dock Master at Ocean lock on Tele: 01405 721128 on a first come / served basis and with a 24 hr confirmation call required.

ABP will offer a penn out at 1hr before HW and a penn in at 1hr after HW on daylight tides only and this will be managed around commercial traffic.

PLEASE NOTE: penning outside of these offered times is not available and that at no times should vessels anchor in the Goole reaches nor any part of the Ouse from the area of Skelton Railway Bridge to the Apex.

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Huddersfield Narrow Canal

East
Starts At: Lock 1 East, Stanley Dawson Lock
Ends At: Standedge Tunnel

Update on 04/05/2021:

We have made changes to the booking procedures for Lock 1E. From the 7th May, bookings will be made online with 48hr notice given for passage. We will have one AM passage at 0900 and one PM passage at 1500.

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/planning-your-boat-trip/booking-your-passage-online

This will help manage water levels on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and will provide enough notice to coordinate our Huddersfield Broad Rangers who will be supporting us at this lock.

For any further assistance, please contact our team on 0303 0404040

ADVICE (8am Wednesday 14 April until 4pm Friday 12 November 2021)

We now have a voluntary ranger system on the Eastern side of the HNC who are available to assist single handed boaters and novice boaters who may require some support with the uniqueness of the HNC. This service can be pre-booked through the boaters section of MyTrust and on the 0300 number. Please allow at least 7 days notice to enable us to notify the Ranger who will be assisting you.

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Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Standedge Tunnel

Update on 21/07/2021:

Please be advised that we are remaining cautious in our continued application of Covid protocol, particularly in regards to the confined environment of Standedge tunnel.

For the safety of our team and boaters we will continue with applying social distancing requirements, which will now be 1m, therefore the helming of private boats by a Trust team member will continue until further notice.

There may be situations where specific boat layouts would support our usual chaperoning procedure still fulfilling the 1m distancing between the boater and Trust team member. In these situations the decision to chaperone instead of helming is at the sole discretion of the Trust Team Member involved.

Update on 07/06/2021:

Due to increased demand for passages through the tunnel, and to reflect that we now have more trained helmsmen, we have increased booking slots for customers to use.

You are free to rearrange your booking for a nearer slot. To do this, visit the licensing section on the canal and river trust website or call 03030 404040

BOOKING INFORMATION (8am Monday 12 April until 4pm Friday 12 November 2021)

Please be aware the booking slots for the 2021 boating season have now been released and are available to book through the boating section of MyTrust.

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Rochdale Canal
Tuel Lane Lock
Starts At: Lock 1
Ends At: Lock 3/4

SUMMER BOOKING INFORMATION (8.30am Monday 12 April until 4pm Monday 8 November 2021)

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 3:30pm, with except of Sunday where first passage is 10am.

An online booking system is in operation  for passage on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday.

To make a booking, please sign in to the online licensing pages and click on ‘my boats’, followed by the ‘bookings’ section.

https://licensing.canalrivertrust.org.uk/Account/SignIn

It is essential that anyone requiring passage during this time books at least 48 hours in advance in order to ensure we will have the team members onsite.

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.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Bingley 3 & 5 Rise Locks – Summer opening hours 2021
Starts At: Lock 29, Bingley 5 Rise Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 22, Bingley 3 Rise Bottom Lock

OPENING TIMES (8am Monday 12 April until 3pm Sunday 31 October 2021)

Through the 2021 summer season, our customer operations team will be on site to offer assisted passage through Bingley 3 & 5 Rise locks.

Morning

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.

Afternoon

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 3pm, due to the reduced daylight hours.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Newlay, Forge and Kirkstall Locks – Summer opening hours 2021
Starts At: Lock 13, Newlay Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 7, Kirkstall Little Lock

OPENING TIMES (8am Monday 12 April until 3pm Sunday 31 October 2021 15:00

Through the 2021 summer season, Newlay, Forge & Kirkstall locks will be available for self-operation between the hours of 08:00 and 16:00 daily. However, there will be roving lock keepers between Leeds & Newlay to offer assistance through the locks if required.

Please note that the locks will padlocked at 16:00 every evening.

As from 01 October 2021, the last entry through these locks will be 3pm, due to reduced daylight hours.

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River Thames

Teddington Lock

Update on 07/05/2021:

Visiting licences are now available at the lock.

Update on 05/05/2021:

Passage through Teddington Lock is currently available from 6am to 10pm.

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Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigations

Intersection of: Lock 1 Tinsley to Tinsley No.12 Lock on Sheffield & Tinsley Canal and
Holmes Lock to Holmes Lock on Sheffield & South Yorks Nav

Update on 31/03/2021:

Passage through the Tinsley flight of locks must be booked at least 24 hours in advance by calling the customer service team on 0303 040 4040 Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm

Lock Keepers will advise customers what time the last passage will be as it takes approximately 4 hours to navigate the flight.

Our summer hours are 1st April until 30th September  Monday – Sunday 8am until 5 pm

Our winter hours are 1st October until 31st March Monday – Sunday 8am until 4pm

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day

The Tinsley Flight passage starts at Holmes Lock. Customers who have not booked passage will not be able to progress past Holmes Lock. We advise customers to moor at Eastwood or Iccles Lock.

If you would like to pre book a mooring at Victora Quays Sheffield, please call Calder Valley Marina on 0114 2767111

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal/Liverpool Link

Salthouse Dock and the 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 (8am Monday 29 March 2021 until further notice)

SALTHOUSE DOCK, LIVERPOOL CANAL LINK

The Liverpool Canal Link is a seasonal passage, open from the last week in March until late October, annually. 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, including our visitor mooring, Salthouse Dock.

Passage via the Liverpool Canal Link is available daily, excluding Tuesdays. Stay in Salthouse Dock is free for up to 7 nights with extra nights costing just £20 per night.

You can book your passage and pontoon via your online account or calling 03030 404040. 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.

Customer’s must have a valid licence and insurance, ensuring your craft complies with BSS regulations.

If you require a one way only passage, please speak with our North West Customer Support Team by calling 03030 404040.

Stanley Lock Flight, Prince’s Lock and Mann Island Lock are all customer operated with roving lock keepers and volunteers available for guidance. Operating times are as follows, Wednesday to Monday:

Outbound passages (going from Salthouse Dock to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal)

Opening times for outbound passages are 8am to 9:30am from Mann Island

Inbound passages (from the Leeds & Liverpool Canal into Salthouse Dock)

Opening times are from 1pm to 4pm from Stanley Top Lock

The Liverpool Canal Link will be padlocked outside these hours.

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 has enabled customer operation, with no assistance required.

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

You can see more information, including the Liverpool Canal Link Skipper’s Guide, here.

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River Stort

Customer Service Facilities Bishops Stortford – Bin Store
Sanitary Station

ADVICE (12noon Friday 12 February 2021 until further notice)

 

Please be advised that due to access restrictions, the bin compound at Bishops Stortford Sanitary Station is currently unavailable. This is due to changes to the road layout by the Local Authorities affecting our waste collection services.
Our Local Teams are currently working with the Local Authorities to find a resolution and reinstate these services.

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Oxford Canal
Location: Movement of wide-beam boats between Braunston Junction and Hillmorton Locks on the North Oxford Canal
Starts At: Bridge 93/94, Braunston Junction
Ends At: Lock 7, Hillmorton Top Lock (Os)

Update on 16/02/2021:

Please refer to https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices/19191-movement-of-wide-beam-boats-between-braunston-junction-and-hillmorton-locks-on-the-north-oxford-canal for the latest information.

Managing the safe movement of wide beam boats on the North Oxford Canal

The North Oxford Canal between Braunston Junction and Hillmorton Locks is a narrow canal, not designated for wide-beam craft. However, wide-beam craft access to and from Dunchurch Pools and Barby Moorings is permitted, in a single journey (i.e. not mooring on the towpath or offside between Braunston and Hillmorton Locks).

Boaters with wide-beam craft planning travel on the North Oxford Canal, to or from Dunchurch Pools or Barby Moorings, should notify enquiries.westmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk one week ahead (where possible*) of the boat movement with the following information:

  • Boat index and name
  • Planned date of movement (if a you cannot provide an exact date please provide a range e.g between x date and x date)
  • Direction of movement
  • Contact number for the person who will be navigating the boat

*If you are unable to give a week’s notice, please email the West Midlands team as soon as possible so that they can make others aware of wide-beam craft movement on the north Oxford canal

Planned wide-beam boat movements on the north Oxford will be published on the Trust’s notices and stoppages web page.

The maximum craft dimensions for boats on the canal are:

Length 21.96m (72ft)

Beam 2.13m (7ft’)**

Draught 1.09m (3ft 7’’)

** subject to the above exemption for access

 

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Trent & Mersey Canal
Fradley office closure
Winding Hole, Fradley Junction

Update on 14/05/2021:

ADVICE (Until 2pm Sunday 31 October 2021)

Please see our new notice below regarding the Welcome Station opening date and hours.

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/19766/welcome-station-at-fradley-junction

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