Booking your passage online

You’ll need to book in advance to travel through certain tunnels, locks, other structures and stretches of water on our network. It’s quick and easy to make your booking online.

Bingley Five Rise Locks on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal If you're planning to travel through Bingley Five Rise Locks, you'll need to book ahead

Before you set off on a journey by boat, check your route and see if any sections need to be booked in advance. You can do this using the list below, by looking at the region and waterway you’re visiting.

If you discover that you do need to book passage for a part of your journey, you can make your booking online. You may already have an account with us if you’ve previously bought a boat licence or a Waterway Wanderers fishing permit. If not, you can register for a new account.

Booking passage applies to all boats, regardless of whether you’re a liveaboard boater or you’re hiring a boat for a trip or holiday. You’ll be asked which category you’re in when you book.

Once signed in to your account, you will see the ‘Bookings’ section and the option to ‘Make a tunnel/passage booking’. From here you can choose where you want to book passage for, using a drop-down menu. You can search by region too.

When you start to make a booking, you’ll have access to more detailed information about the lock, tunnel, other structure or stretch of water. For example, any relevant dimensions and the dates and time slots available. Once your booking is complete you’ll be given instructions on what time you need to arrive by, where you need to be and any safety considerations, as well as the terms and conditions of the booking.

Structures or stretches of water that can be booked in advance online

To make it easier for you to book passage in advance, we’ll be adding more structures and stretches to our online booking system during winter 2020/21.

If you have any problems making your online booking, you can contact us by phone or email.

London & South         

East Midlands

  • Blisworth Tunnel, Grand Union Canal (booking only necessary for widebeam craft)
  • Braunston Tunnel, Grand Union Canal (booking only necessary for widebeam craft)
  • Saddington Tunnel, Grand Union Canal (booking only necessary for widebeam craft)
  • Boston Lock, River Witham
  • Cromwell Lock, River Trent (online booking coming soon, but for now please call 0303 040 4040 and ask for the Newark Admin Team)
  • Torksey Lock, River Trent (online booking coming soon, but for now please call 0303 040 4040 and ask for the Newark Admin Team)

West Midlands            

  • Frankton Locks, Gloucester & Sharpness Canal (more information about using Frankton Locks)
  • Harecastle Tunnel, Montgomery Canal

North East

  • Tinsley Lock Flight, Tinsley Canal
  • Bingley Three and Five Rise Locks, Leeds & Liverpool Canal
  • Newlay & Kirkstall Forge Locks, Leeds & Liverpool Canal
  • Standedge Tunnel, Huddersfield Narrow Canal (more information about boating through Standedge Tunnel)
  • Keadby Lock, Stainforth & Keadby Canal/River Trent (online booking coming soon, but for now please call the lock keeper on 07733 124611)
  • West Stockwith Lock, Chesterfield Canal/River Trent (online booking coming soon, but for now please call the lock keeper on 01427 890204)
  • Tuel Lock, Rochdale Canal (online booking coming soon, but for now please call 03030 404040 and ask for the Yorkshire & North East team)

North West     

  • Anderton Boat Lift, River Weaver (more information about using Anderton Boat Lift)
  • Liverpool Canal Link and Salthouse Docks, Leeds & Liverpool Canal (more information about boating on the Liverpool Canal Link)
  • Ribble Canal Link, Lancaster Canal/River Ribble (more information about boating on the Ribble Link)
  • Marsh Lock, River Weaver (online booking coming soon, but for now please call 03030 404040 and ask for the North West team)

Last date edited: 2 November 2020