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.

Snowed in narrowboat on the canal at Apperley Bridge Snowed in at Apperley Bridge on the Leeds & Liverpool canal

Winter moorings 2018/19

Winter moorings for 2018/19 will be available for up to 4.5 months from Thursday 1 November until Saturday 16 March 2019. Winter mooring permits will go on sale from Wednesday 3 October on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

2018/19 winter mooring locations and prices:

2018/19 winter moorings are available at fixed locations between 1 November 2018 - 16 March 2019.

Winter mooring permits in 2018/19 will be available to purchase for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 4.5 months.

There are five price bands for the 2018/19 winter moorings depending on what is available at or nearby the mooring and the level of demand at the site.

  • Band 0 - £18 per meter/per month - as band one, but the most high demand winter mooring sites which sold out within one day in 2017/18.
  • Band 1 - £16 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- £13.90 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 nearby (most including water, elsan, pumpout and rubbish facilities). 
  • Band 3 - £10.30 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 - £6.70 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.

*Some sites with very high demand sales in 2017/18 have moved up a price band but facilities are as described in the previous price band.

The 2018/19 mooring prices have increased by 3% at all sites. Some sites have changed price band in response to the high levels of demand last winter, with popular sites increasing in price. A new Band 0 has been introduced for a small number of very high demand sites.

Before booking a winter mooring please check our winter stoppages list to ensure that stoppages will not prevent you reaching or leaving the winter mooring site.

2018/19 winter mooring locations and price list

2018/19 winter moorings frequently asked questions (FAQs)

2018/19 winter moorings terms and conditions

Site maps:

These maps indicate 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 2018 - 16 March 2019.

2018/19 East Midlands winter mooring maps
2018/19 West Midlands (price band 1-3) winter mooring maps
2018/19 West Midlands (price band 4) winter mooring maps
2018/19 Wales and South West winter mooring maps
2018/19 London and South East (price band 0 - 2) winter mooring maps
2018/19 London and South East (price band 3 - 4) winter mooring maps
2018/19 North West winter mooring maps
2018/19 Yorkshire and North East winter mooring maps

Buying a winter mooring

2018/19 Winter mooring permits go on sale at 6am on Wednesday 3 October on a first come, first served basis via our web licensing site. For those without an account on our web licensing site, but who 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: 2 October 2018