Winter moorings

We offer temporary moorings at selected locations around the country for those without a permanent mooring who want to moor their boat during the winter months.

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

Winter moorings for 2020/21 will be available for up to four months between Sunday 1 November 2020 until Sunday 28 February 2021. Permits will go on sale at 6am on Thursday 1 October on a first-come, first-served basis.

Winter moorings give boaters who don't already have a permanent mooring a chance to moor up for the winter months, while keeping enough space clear for those who want to continue cruising.


Permits will be available for one, two, three or four months.

There are seven price bands (per meter, per month). The pricing of each winter mooring site is based on several different factors, including:

  • the pricing of nearby moorings (to ensure we comply with competition rules)
  • the location
  • the availability of nearby facilities and services
  • the level of demand 

The price bands for 2020/21 are: 

  • Band 0                £21
  • Band 1                £19
  • Band 2                £17
  • Band 3                £14.70
  • Band 4                £10.90
  • Band 5                £8.70
  • Band 6                £7.10

This year prices have increased by 3% for bands 1-6, and 5% for the highest demand sites, in band 0. Some sites have changed price band in response to the high levels of demand last winter, with popular sites increasing in price but other low demand sites being reduced in price.

Before booking a winter mooring, please check our winter stoppages to ensure that works will not prevent you from reaching or leaving your preferred site.

Winter moorings location and price list

Winter moorings frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Winter moorings terms and conditions


Winter moorings are available at fixed locations and you can see these on the regional maps below.

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 2020 to 28 February 2021. 

East Midlands Winter Moorings Maps

London & South East Winter Moorings Maps

North West Winter Moorings Maps

Wales & South West Winter Moorings Maps

West Midlands Winter Moorings Maps

Yorkshire & North East Winter Moorings Maps

Buying your permit

Permits go on sale at 6am on Thursday 1 October on a first come, first served basis. From then you will be able to buy your winter mooring permit online.

If you are a current boat licence-holder but you don't have an online account with us, please choose the option to register but make sure you fill in your details within the ‘I am an existing Canal & River Trust customer’ section.

Winter mooring review

We're continuing to review our future provision of winter moorings, working with our navigation advisory group to consider the longer term options for winter mooring.

Last date edited: 21 September 2020