Our response to coronavirus

In these unprecedented times we are supporting the national effort to keep everyone safe, while making sure people still have the opportunity to gain the mental and physical benefits of being by the water.

Our navigations are open for boating, angling and paddle sports, and you can enjoy exercise and being in the outdoors, close to nature, on our towpaths.  

Boaters can stay overnight on their boats and take extended cruises. Holiday hire boat companies are freely operating, taking precautions around safe practice, such as extra cleaning.    

Please note that where the government has introduced local lockdowns we are reinstating lockdown restrictions for boating.

We will keep the situation under active review and update you in line with changing circumstances and government guidance. Please refer to the government guidance for England and Wales for more information.

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Last date edited: 20 July 2020