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Winter moorings

We offer temporary moorings between November and February at selected locations around the country for those without a permanent mooring.

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Winter moorings for 2023/24 will be available for up to four months* between Wednesday 1 November 2023 until Thursday 29 February 2024. Permits will be on sale from Tuesday 3 October at 8am on a first-come, first-served basis.

Winter moorings give boaters who don't already have a permanent mooring a chance to moor up for the winter months, while keeping enough space clear for those who want to continue cruising.

Please note that works that were due to take place at the Kensal Green winter mooring site have been moved until after the winter mooring period. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that the Kensal Green winter mooring site has been reinstated and is now available for purchase.


Permits will be available for one, two, three or four months*.

There are eight price bands (per meter, per month). The pricing of each winter mooring site is based on several different factors, including:

  • the pricing of nearby moorings (to ensure we comply with competition rules)
  • the location
  • the availability of nearby facilities and services
  • the level of demand

The price bands for 2023/24 are:

Band 1£8.50
Band 2£10.20
Band 3£12.70
Band 4£15.80
Band 5£19.00
Band 6£21.60
Band 7£23.80
Band 8£26.20

Some sites have changed price band in response to the high levels of demand last winter, with popular sites increasing but other low demand sites at a reduced price.

Before booking a winter mooring, please check our winter stoppages to ensure that works will not prevent you from reaching or leaving your preferred site.

Winter mooring locations and price list

Winter mooring FAQs

Winter moorings terms and conditions


Winter moorings are available at fixed locations and you can see these on the regional maps below.

Lengths shown on the maps may not be 100% precise, but the linear length of each site will be included in the site list, and signage on site indicates the start and end point of each winter mooring from 1 November 2023 to 29 February 2024.

East Midlands Winter Moorings Maps

London & South East Winter Moorings Maps

North West Winter Moorings Maps

Wales & South West Winter Moorings Maps

West Midlands Winter Moorings Maps

Yorkshire & North East Winter Moorings Maps

Buying your permit

Permits will be on sale on a first come, first served basis, from 8am on Tuesday 3 October 2023 and you'll be able to buy your winter mooring permit online.

If you are a current boat licence-holder but you don't have an online account with us, please choose the option to register - but make sure you fill in your details within the ‘I am an existing Canal & River Trust customer' section.

* This year the Winter Mooring site at Salthouse Docks Visitor Mooring is for five months from 1 November 2023 - 31 March 2024, however boats must arrive by 30 October 2023 and will not be able to leave until 1 April 2024, due to the closure of the Liverpool Link Canal between 31 October 2023 and 31 March 2024. Winter Moorings at this location are only available for the complete five month period. Electricity is provided at Salthouse Dock winter mooring, there is a mandatory daily fee of £7 (in addition to the winter mooring fee) that is chargeable for the duration of your winter mooring. This will be invoiced separately.

Last Edited: 06 October 2023

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