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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.

Boats in winter ice

Winter moorings 2017/18

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.

2017/18 winter mooring locations and prices:

2017/18 winter moorings are available at fixed locations between 1 November 2017 - 16 March 2018. Please note that winter moorings are finishing two weeks earlier than usual to ensure they don’t disrupt the start of the summer cruising season over the Easter holidays.

Winter mooring permits are available to purchase for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 4.5 months.

There are four price bands for the 2017/18 winter moorings depending on what is available at or nearby the mooring and the level of demand at the site.

  • Band 1 - £15.50 per meter/per month* – generally 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* – generally 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* – generally 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* – generally a quieter towpath location, which doesn’t have any facilities on site.
    For more information about the 2017/18 winter moorings please see the documents below.

*This year most mooring prices will be held at 2016/17 levels. Some sites have changed price band in response to the high or low levels of demand last winter, with popular sites increasing in price and less popular sites seeing a price cut. 

2017/18 winter mooring locations and price list

2017/18 winter moorings frequently asked questions (FAQs)

2017/18 winter moorings terms and conditions

Site maps:

These maps indicate the location where each winter mooring is located in the Trust's different waterway areas. 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 2017 - 16 March 2018.

East Midlands winter mooring maps - available soon
Kennet & Avon winter mooring maps - available soon
London waterways winter mooring maps - available soon
Manchester, Pennine and Potteries 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

Buying a winter mooring

2017/18 Winter mooring permits go on sale from 6am on 2 October on sale on a first come, first served basis 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’.

Last date edited: 15 September 2017