Finding a home mooring
Mooring sites are plentiful, from fully serviced marinas to simple spots along the canal or river bank. Most are provided by private companies or boat clubs, either in off-line marinas or along the canal or river bank opposite the towpath.
Be prepared to shop around. Moorings are usually priced according to boat length and popularity of the area – supply and demand means that you’ll pay more in the south where land prices are highest, and obviously sites with more sophisticated services command higher fees.
Most people prefer the security and convenience of a mooring within a marina or basin off the main line of the canal or river. There’s a huge choice and the best starting point is to use the search tool to the top right of this page. Waterways World and Canal Boat Magazine both publish annual mooring supplements which are full of helpful tips, listings and adverts – good if you prefer browsing paper.
Canal & River Trust moorings
The Canal & River Trust operates just under 4,000 berths in small sites around the network, mostly along the canal or river bank (‘linear moorings’). Vacancies arising at these sites are offered for auction.
Buying a boat which already has a mooring
Take great care. Mooring agreements are personal to the individual boat owner and they are very rarely assignable. If someone offers you a boat with a mooring, be very skeptical and demand legal evidence that they have the right to pass on the mooring agreement when selling the boat.
Can I moor at the end of my own garden?
Our mooring policies provide for a single boat to be moored at the end of a canal or riverside garden associated with a single residential property. This does not apply on the Kennet & Avon Canal, and on other waterways, there may be constraints depending on the precise location. We do not allow moorings which would create a safety hazard for navigating boats for example. Download the application form for more information.
What about creating a new mooring along other private land adjacent to the waterway?
There is a presumption against this, but there are exemptions for particular circumstances. Download this information sheet for more information.