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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 2016/17

Winter moorings for 2016/17 have now ended. Details of 2017/18 winter moorings will be announced late summer 2017.

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.

2016/17 winter mooring locations and prices:

2016/17 winter moorings were available at fixed locations between 1 November 2016 - 31 March 2017. Winter mooring permits were available to purchase for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 months.

There were four price bands for the 2016/17 winter moorings depending of what was 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.

2016/17 winter mooring locations and price list

2016/17 winter moorings frequently asked questions (FAQs)

2016/17 winter moorings terms and conditions

2017/18 Winter moorings are expected to go on sale on a first come, first served basis from October 2017 via our web licensing site where you can book your permit. Details will be announced from late summer 2017. 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’.

Site maps:

These maps indicate the location where each winter mooring were 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 indicayted the start and end point of each winter mooring from 1 November 2016 - 31 March 2017.

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

Last date edited: 5 April 2017