Short-stay moorings

Short-stay moorings - also called visitor moorings - are where boaters can moor for the signposted time.

Busy towpaths in Birmingham Busy towpaths in Birmingham

Popular places can get very busy, so visitor moorings with short stay times help as many boaters as possible find space to tie up.

Where to find short-stay / visitor moorings

Our visitor moorings are marked by a red mooring icon on our maps. If you're on one of our waterway maps pages (and anywhere with our interactive map) zoom into the map to enlarge the icons, as you can see below.

Mooring icons on our waterway maps Mooring icons on our waterway maps

Length of short-stay / visitor moorings 

Short stay or visitor mooring signage
  • 4 hour shop and drop
  • 48 hr
  • 7 day
  • 14 day

Mooring is free for the time shown on our visitor mooring signs.

If you decide to stay for longer, you may need to pay a £25 extended stay charge for each extra day you are moored. We'll contact you to let you know this is going to happen if our sightings show you have exceeded the free mooring time.

'Stop and shop' moorings

These are ultra-short stay moorings to allow boaters to top up their supplies at the nearby shops. Please don't stay any longer than needed to do your shopping and never longer than the maximum stay time shown on the towpath signs.

Short-stay in the winter

During the winter many short stay moorings revert to 14 days from 1 November until 31 March unless signed otherwise. Do please check the signs carefully as in very popular areas the time restriction applies all year round.

Pre-bookable short-stay mooring in London

If you’re planning a visit to central London and want certainty that you will have somewhere to moor when you arrive, you can pre-book a mooring for a small charge.

Share the short-stay space

Please be considerate to the needs of everyone. Moor up in a way that makes the best use of the available space, be prepared to shuffle up and share the space. Respect the maximum stay time, no triple mooring, no running of engines or generators before 8.00am or after 8.00pm and be mindful of smoke from stoves and exhaust fumes and noise from engines and generators, particularly in built up areas.

Quiet Zones

Our canals and waterways are peaceful and tranquil places where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, please help us keep them that way.

In some places where waterways and buildings are in close proximity to one another there can be a risk of noise that may cause a disturbance. Quiet Zones are advisory areas where we ask canal users to keep noise to an absolute minimum.

In a Quiet Zone we ask that people avoid:

  • Generator or engine running
  • Loud music
  • Any other disturbance to others nearby

The decision to create Quiet Zones is made by waterway managers, but they would be expected to consult with local people, groups and parish/local councils before establishing a Quiet Zone.

Read the guidance on factors to be considered before creating a Quiet Zone