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Winter moorings

We appreciate that cruising in winter can become challenging as the weather starts to bite. With this in mind, we offer temporary moorings at selected locations around the country for those wanting to hunker down.

Winter moorings 2016/17

Winter moorings support the continuous cruising lifestyle. In winter, the more challenging weather conditions can make cruising a harder prospect and we appreciate that not every boater wants to face the icy winds, early dusk and rock-hard ground that the season can bring. Winter moorings give boaters across the country a chance to tie up for the season, while keeping enough space clear for those who want to continue cruising.

Winter moorings will go on sale on a first come, first served basis from Monday 3 October 2016 via our web licensing site where you can book your permit. If you don’t have an account on our web licensing site yet, but are a current licence-holder, make sure you select an option to register under ‘I am an existing Canal & River Trust customer’.

2016/17 winter mooring locations and prices:

This year winter moorings will be available at fixed locations between 1 November 2016 - 31 March 2017. Winter mooring permits will be available to purchase for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 months.

There are four price bands for the 2016/17 winter moorings depending of what is available at or nearby.

  • Band 1 - £15 per meter/per month – a visitor mooring site with mooring rings or bollards, in/within walking distance of a popular village/town/location with local amenities.  There are good facilities at or nearby (including water, elsan, pumpout and rubbish facilities) and good public transport links (for example the site is close to a station/public transport routes or, in London, is in travel zone 1-4). 

  • Band 2- £13.50 per metre/per month – a visitor mooring site with mooring rings or bollards, in/within walking distance of a popular village/town/location with local amenities.  This site has good facilities (most including water, elsan, pumpout and rubbish facilities). 

  • Band 3 - £10.00 per metre/per month – this could be a visitor mooring or towpath site with some facilities on site or within a short cruise.  The site is likely to be quite close to a village or town.

  • Band 4 - £6.50 per metre/per month – a quieter towpath location, which doesn’t have any facilities on site.

For more information about the 2016/17 winter moorings please see the documents below.

Site maps:

Maps indicating the location where each winter mooring are to be located will be available from mid-August 2016. 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 will indicate the start and end point of each winter mooring from 1 November.

East Midlands winter mooring maps - available soon
Kennet & Avon winter mooring maps - available soon
London winter mooring maps - available soon
Manchester and Pennine winter mooring maps - available soon
North East winter mooring maps - available soon
North Wales and Borders winter mooring maps - available soon
North West winter mooring maps - available soon
South East winter mooring maps - available soon
South Wales and Severn winter mooring maps - available soon
West Midlands winter mooring maps - available soon
All waterways winter mooring maps - available soon

Last date edited: 23 August 2016