If you’re preparing for any kind of a trip on a boat, whether you’re a continuous cruiser, paddler or holiday maker, you can make sure your journey goes without a hitch by using our website to plan your journey.
You can use our interactive maps to help plan your route and find all sorts of information about the waterways you’ll be travelling on, from how many locks you’ll have to pass through to the location of tunnels, visitor moorings and water points.
There's an interactive map on our Local to You page. Simply pop in the rough location of your travels (using a nearby town or postcode if you have one) and what you want to see there.
You can choose to see the information in a list or a map format.
If you’re using our maps and you see a marker with a number in it, this means that there is more than one entry at this location. You can either click on it to see a list or zoom in further to see the entries separately.
If you spot any incorrect information when you're looking at our maps please use our online map correction tool to let us know about it.
It's a good idea to take a look at the dimensions of our waterways before setting off. You don’t want to end to try and squeeze a Dutch barge into the Huddersfield Narrow because you didn’t do your homework! However, waterway levels can vary greatly depending on the seasons and how much rain we’ve had so please use our dimension document as a rough guide only.
You can check your route for any stoppages, navigational advice or opening time information before and during your travels.
All you need to do is tick the boxes next to the waterways you’ll be travelling along, choose the type of information you want to see and the dates you’ll be travelling and then you’ll be presented with a list of all of the notices relevant to your journey.
You can also sign up to receive alerts via email. Every time a new stoppage or advisory notice is added to the waterways you’ve selected, we’ll send you an email to tell you all about it.
Winter works (H2)
Each winter we take the opportunity of reduced cruising activity to concentrate effort on essential repairs and maintenance to the canals. Before we carry out our winter maintenance programme we like to consult the people who use our waterways. Take a look at the first draft of our winter maintenance programme.
Strong stream warnings tell you about conditions which may affect navigation, such as increased river flows or variable heights in water level.
You'll need to book your passage before you travel through some of our bridges, tunnels and locks, as well as the famous Anderton Boat Lift:
These guides list information we have on our facilities and stoppages.
Last date edited: 16 June 2017