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The River Tees rises on the eastern slopes of the North Pennines and flows east for 85 miles to finally reach the North Sea near Middlesbrough. The Canal & River Trust are responsible for the 22 miles from Worsall, (the highest tidal point in the river until the barrage was built) through Yarm and up to and including the iconic Tees Barrage in Stockton-On-Tees.
16th Mar 2018 12:00am onwards
Please be advised that due to a recent power outage in the area, we require our contractor team to attend Bridge 32, Crabtree Swing Bridge as we are unable to operate the bridge. The contractor team have...
15th Mar 2018 10:00am onwards
The towpath is closed due to an unstable wash wall. We will update this notice as soon as possible.
16th Mar 2018 8:00am onwards
As a consequence of an embankment failure the navigation and towpath is closed until further notice. Further updates and information to follow once our engineers have had the opportunity to fully assess...
15th Mar 2018 4:00pm onwards
Picketts Lock is temporarily unusable due to damage to the Lock. The paddle will not lower meaning the lock cannot be equalised.
14th Mar 2018 11:00am onwards
Due to high levels of rainfall the River section at Alrewas is in flood and the navigation is closed. .
22nd Mar 2018 8:30am to 26th Mar 2018 5:00pm
Due to various bridge inspections to the bridges stated above there will be a slight delay to navigation whilst contractors exit the water to allow boat traffic to pass. The towpath will remain open.
21st Mar 2018 8:00am to 21st Mar 2018 12:00pm
A short restriction is required at Lock 59 at Johnsons Hillock on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal whilst our team de-water the lock to complete some further works to repair a damaged ground paddle. Navigation...
13th Mar 2018 11:00am onwards
Due to the River Trent going into flood, we have had to close the Newark Flood Gates until further notice. Boaters have been asked not to travel along the Navigation until further notice.
19th Mar 2018 8:00am to 23rd Mar 2018 6:00pm
Due to investigation works required as part of the ongoing expansion of the Midland Metro the towpath will be closed during the period indicated. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this...
17th Apr 2018 7:00am to 17th Apr 2018 6:00pm
Network Rail contractors to Undertake survey of Rail Bridge 23 South of Tottenham from Pontoon. Advanced warning signage will be present either side of the works to inform boaters.
12th Mar 2018 12:00am onwards
Due to the flood levels rising and the current high tides, we have had to close Torksey Flood Gates. Boaters will not be able to get through Torksey Lock until further notice.
20th Mar 2018 8:00am to 20th Mar 2018 5:00pm
Divers will undertake the urgent removal of silt from behind the lock gate. This requires the closure of the lock to navigation whilst the work is taking place.
12th Mar 2018 9:00am onwards
Due to continued rainfall and rising water levels all flood locks and flood gates have been closed. We are monitoring water levels and weather conditions and will open the gates as soon as circumstances...
Due to high water levels Naburn Lock is closed. We will update this notice as soon as possible.
10th Mar 2018 12:00pm onwards
Due to the UpperTrent going into flood, we have had to close Cranfleet Flood Gates and so thenavigation is closed until further notice. .
10th Mar 2018 11:00am onwards
The River Soar hasgone into flood and the red flood lights have now been activated. Boaters are advised not to travel along thissection until further notice.
10th Mar 2018 9:00am onwards
Due to heavy rainfall, all flood gates and flood locks on the Calder & Hebble Navigation have been closed. Navigation on the river sections is not possible at this time.
12th Mar 2018 7:00am to 23rd Mar 2018 5:00pm
A navigation closure is required to carry out urgent works to reduce leakage at Lock 55. The work will involve the repair or replacement of the damaged head gate cills.
8th Mar 2018 2:00pm onwards
Due to the high water level of the River Severn Navigation, we have had to close it until further notice. We will recheck this tomorrow and advise accordingly.
12th Jan 2018 12:00am to 6th Apr 2018 11:59pm
Following the winter stoppage 5-12 January. The Network Rail contractor, Volker Fitzpatrick have identified safety concerns requiring additional repair works to the off-side abutment.
12th Mar 2018 8:00am to 23rd Mar 2018 4:00pm
We will be replacing all three balance beams at Lock 13, as well as several of the large coping stones in the lock. The navigation and towpath will remain open during these works.
7th Mar 2018 12:00am onwards
A section of the lock approach mooring upstream of Pillings Lock has slipped and so is unavailable for use and has been fenced off. Our engineers have been made aware and will assess the damage.
10th Mar 2018 12:00am to 30th Mar 2018 11:59pm
We are undertaking works to Handcock's Swing Bridge (No. 9) on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal to facilitate full user operation.
19th Mar 2018 12:00am to 30th Sep 2018 11:59pm
In order to conserve water in the Wigan area, Canal & River Trust North West will be implementing overnight restrictions in the Wigan central area. Lock 88 (Pagefield Lock) to Lock 89 on the Leeds & Liverpool...
5th Mar 2018 6:00am to 29th Mar 2018 4:00pm
Third party contractors will be repairing the roadway at both sides of the bridge. Following this, large vehicles will be crossing the canal and towpath and road traffic may need to wait for vehicles to...
12th Mar 2018 8:00am to 6th May 2018 6:00pm
Onsite on behalf of the developer will be installing Portadams parallel to the canal wall so a detailed inspection can be undertaken. Whilst the canal remains open, it will be restricted so care should...
30th Apr 2018 9:00am to 8th May 2018 5:00pm
This year's IWA Cavalcade is taking place over the spring bank holiday weekend in 4th to 7th May 2018. Mooring will be suspended from Bridge 3, Harrow Road to Bridge 1C St Mary's Footbridge.
12th Mar 2018 8:00am to 13th Apr 2018 6:00pm
Please be advised that contractors will be refurbishing the railway bridge from a floating pontoon at Stegneck Railway Bridge, Gargrave
Boats will be able to pass but please do slow down when approaching...
26th Feb 2018 8:00am to 29th Mar 2018 5:00pm
North Yorkshire Council are undertaking essential refurbishment works at Selby Bypass Swing Bridge. Please note the bridge will be unable to swing during the works.
23rd Feb 2018 12:00pm to 1st Jun 2018 11:59pm
Towpath resurfacing works are to be undertaken between Galton Bridge and Bromford Lane Bridge. As such the towpath will be closed to allow the works to be carried out safely.
5th Apr 2018 8:30am to 5th Apr 2018 5:00pm
Due to Emergency repairs required to the spear road and paddles, divers will be working to repair theproblem, customers may experience some delays on this date. Please bear with us whilst the diver is...
20th Mar 2018 7:30am to 23rd Mar 2018 5:30pm
A navigation restriction is required at Bridge 2H on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and up to 30 metres either side, to facilitate a detailed examination of canal profile, wash walls and abutments with use...
22nd Feb 2018 11:00am to 20th Mar 2018 8:00am
Due to essential embankment works on Minworth locks the water feed down to Curdworth locks has been massively reduced so to preserve the water levels in the lock flight we have had to reluctantly close...
23rd Feb 2018 12:00am to 30th Mar 2018 11:59pm
Contractors will be carrying out vegetation clearance from a flood defence bund north of Bardney Lock to facilitate repair works being undertaken at a future date. Please slow down when approaching the...
19th Feb 2018 9:00am onwards
Urgent navigation closure due to an earlier pollution incident. The navigation from Stonebridge Lock to Hertford Union Bottom Lock is closed.
24th Feb 2018 8:00am to 23rd Mar 2018 4:00pm
Works to repair leakage through the embankment in order to improve water levels. As there are other planned works in the immediate area, this work will be carried out simultaneously to take advantage of...
26th Feb 2018 8:00am to 19th May 2018 7:00pm
The towpath between Bridge 97 (between Govilon and Llanfoist) and Bridge 95a (Tod's Bridge) will be closed from the 26th February until the 19th May 2018 due to embankment repair works. Please use the...
26th Feb 2018 7:00am to 30th Mar 2018 4:00pm
We will be undertaking bank stabilisation works on the on the Wyrley and Essington canal between Pinfold BridgeWE-003-004 and Wards Bridge WE-004-001. To ensure the works are undertaken safely, the towpath...
21st Mar 2018 8:30am to 23rd Mar 2018 5:00pm
Third party contractors will be working on the electricity network alongside and over the canal, replacing cables and conductors. All boat and towpath traffic should slow down, approach the area with caution...
14th Feb 2018 8:00am to 30th Mar 2018 6:00pm
The towpath will be closed between Old Walsall Road to Perry Barr Top Lock to facilitate the rock scaling and vegetation removal works at Tower Hill Cutting in Perry Barr. Navigation will be open as usual,...
13th Feb 2018 12:00am onwards
Due to an ongoing fire the towpath has been closed for public safety from bridge 16a Rodwell Road (GP-007-002) for 120 yards, going north towards Greenford. Please see onsite diversions.
5th Mar 2018 12:00am to 2nd Apr 2018 11:59pm
Milton Keynes Council (MKC) contractors (Ringway) will be carrying out Towpath upgrade works along the Canal Towpath between bridge 94 and bridge 95A. The Towpath along the location will be closed with...
8th Jan 2018 12:00am onwards
We are undertaking works to improve the surface of the towpath, which is being funded by Buckinghamshire County Council. During this time it is necessary to close off the towpath for access.
3rd Apr 2018 8:00am to 11th May 2018 6:00pm
A & H Construction will be repairing/replacingthe canal wall copings at this location. The works will be undertaken utilisinga pontoon.
30th Jan 2018 11:00am onwards
The towpath is closed between 16W and 17W on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. This is due to a large crack along the wash wall, making the surface unsafe.
5th Feb 2018 9:00am to 1st Aug 2019 5:00pm
A reduction in the towpath width is needed to allow for the construction of the adjacent residential development and town houses. The proposed buildings are situated in close to the towpath and required...
29th Jan 2018 8:00am to 23rd Mar 2018 5:00pm
Contractors will be replacing the mooring pontoons downstream of Long Sandall Lock. The contractor will have plant in the area and diving operations will be taking place.
17th Mar 2018 8:00am to 18th Mar 2018 5:00pm
We have been advised that Selby Toll Bridge will not be operational due to major upgrade of the traffic management systems. Please note the bridge will be unable to swing during the works.
20th Jan 2018 7:00am onwards
There is a navigation hazard on the towpath side of the pound between Locks 38 & 39 due to several large displaced coping stones (dislodged during renovation works) below water level. These are situated...
8th Jan 2018 9:00am onwards
Due to misuse of the facilities we have had to close them until further notice. .
26th Dec 2017 1:00pm onwards
The River Avon is closed to boat traffic due to flood conditions. High levels and strong flows are being experienced.
10th Jan 2018 12:00am to 16th Mar 2018 11:59pm
The Hazelmere Marina development being undertaken by Bellway Homes needs to close a section of towpath to undertake the construction of the replacement facilities building for boaters. To prevent a long...
29th Jan 2018 8:00am to 30th Mar 2018 4:00pm
Repairs are being carried out to an area of collapsed washwall. The towpath will be closed whilst these works are being carried out.
22nd Jan 2018 8:00am to 23rd Mar 2018 5:00pm
Third party contractors will be carrying out repairs to bridges 5A and 5B at Hanley Park. The towpath will be closed and a diversion route will be provided through the park.
13th Dec 2017 9:30am onwards
The towpath is closed between Bridge 108 and Stalybridge Aqueduct due to a dangerous partially collapsed wall. Our team will need to liaise with the proprietors to arrange for the wall to be repaired.
13th Dec 2017 12:00am onwards
Due to emergency works being carried out, the towpath from Mare Street Bridge to the access point at Vicar's Close will be closed until further notice. Please follow onsite diversion notices.
18th Dec 2017 8:00am to 18th Mar 2018 5:30pm
Third party contractors will be using a floating pontoon for safety and access at their site at Minshull Street
The canal will remain open and access to lock 86 and the floating lock landing will not...
29th Nov 2017 12:00am to 31st May 2018 11:59pm
THIRD PARTY WORKS
In order to facilitate bridge repairs, Scaffolding will be installed on Bridge 27a, Scarisbrick Bridge from 29 November 2017 to 16 February 2018. The scaffold will create a width restriction...
21st Nov 2017 8:00am onwards
Third party contractors will be removing vegetation and carrying out a survey of the city walls above the towpath. Access will be by abseiling.
1st Dec 2017 12:00am to 31st Mar 2018 11:59pm
In order to conserve water in the Wigan area, Canal & River Trust North West will be implementing overnight restrictions in the Wigan central area through winter. Lock 88 (Pagefield Lock) to Lock 89 on...
15th Nov 2017 12:00am to 16th Mar 2018 11:59pm
Please be advised that dredging works will be taking place at various locations on the Lancaster Canal. Works commence on 15 November and include areas between bridges 131 and 94.
8th Nov 2017 12:00am onwards
Due to a pump breakdown we are needing to carefully manage water resources and restrict navigation on the Marsworth flight between lock 39 to Lock 45. The navigation will be open from 11am to 4pm, with...
30th Nov 2017 8:00am to 30th Mar 2018 5:00pm
Construction of new towpath/cycleway is taking place on the towpath outside Rotherham Football Club (cantilever walkway). Please follow the signed diversion route through the grounds of Rotherham Football...
23rd Oct 2017 8:00am to 24th Mar 2018 5:00pm
Northern Gas Networks are refurbishing a pipe bridge upstream of Cow Lane bridge which requires scaffolding to be erected. Skippers should note that scaffold will be below the pipe bridge restricting height...
2nd Oct 2017 12:00am to 1st Sep 2018 11:59pm
A Third Party Works contractor will be completely closing the towpath to facilitate the installation of a new road bridge and associated works. Due to the severe safety risk to the public during the construction...
11th Sep 2017 9:00am to 4th May 2018 5:00pm
We have had to close the lock flight at Marple until further notice due to subsidence at lock 15. Our engineers will be carrying out inspections later today.
2nd Jan 2018 8:00am to 4th May 2018 5:00pm
Works to repair the Aqueduct Parapets. The canal will be open for navigation during the works on 27th and 28th January 2018.
8th Jan 2018 8:00am to 20th Apr 2018 5:00pm
Extensive Washwall repairs throughout the Bosley Lock Flight. A window for navigation has now been planned on 3rd/4th February during this and all closures in the area, in response to customers' comments.
22nd Jan 2018 8:00am to 20th May 2018 5:00pm
Towpath widening works through the tunnel. These works are now confirmed.
5th Feb 2018 8:00am to 21st Mar 2018 4:00pm
Top and bottom gate relining. Lock ladder repairs.
12th Feb 2018 8:00am to 23rd Mar 2018 4:00pm
New top and bottom gates. Quadrant repairs.
15th Jan 2018 8:00am to 29th Mar 2018 4:00pm
Relining of ground paddle culvert. .
2nd Jan 2018 8:00am to 20th Mar 2018 8:00am
Embankment and Canal Leakage repairs. Unfortunately there is no passage window or diversion due to the dewatering of the whole section.
9th Jan 2018 8:00am to 23rd Mar 2018 4:00pm
Replacing the Top Gate, Upper Middle Gate and the Lower Middle Gate.
2nd Jan 2018 8:00am to 25th May 2018 4:00pm
Extensive waterway wall repairs. A suitable boating diversion will be available using the Old Main Line.
8th Sep 2017 9:00am to 14th May 2018 5:00pm
Third Party Works Contractor will be completely closing the towpath around their works to facilitate the brickwork phase of buildings which straddle the canal towpath and the landscaping works. Due to...
7th Dec 2016 12:00am onwards
The towpath underneath Bridge 38 is currently closed due to running water causing potential hazards. There is a small diversion in place which takes you over the bridge.
6th Dec 2016 12:00am onwards
Please be advised the previously reported sunken craft outside of Meadows Farm Marina has come adrift in the recent floods and its marked buoys detached. Please proceed with caution between Meadow Farm...
24th Nov 2016 12:00am onwards
The downstream lock approach moorings are temporarily out of action. Boaters are asked to use the moorings before the lock approach.
1st Jul 2016 12:00am onwards
A third party owned wall has collapsed into the Leeds & Liverpool Canal adjacent to Bridge 131 (Colne Road Bridge) on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Please navigate the area with care as the channel may...
8th Jan 2016 12:00am onwards
The Canal & River Trust has been liaising with specialist access teams to ensure that the rock face is no longer moving and that users of the water space below are not at risk. Plans are being developed...
23rd Dec 2015 12:00am onwards
Stainton Aqueduct has sustained some damage in the recent poor weather. As a precautionary measure, we have closed off the towpath until further notice.
12th Jun 2015 10:30am onwards
The waterway wall directly opposite the winding hole is starting to fail and further wash from boat propellers using the winding hole will exacerbate the problem. Therefore we are closing the winding hole...
10th Jan 2014 3:30pm onwards
Navigation is closed to Wide Beam Traffic Between the Winding Hole South of Bridge 72 and The Winding Hole South of Bridge 65. Following the failure of the cutting slope on the offside of the canal at...
17th Jun 2013 8:00am onwards
Updated 28th January 2014
As from June 2013 one paddle has been locked off at the bottom end of Locks 5 and 6 on the Droitwich Junction Canal to reduce water flows through the M5 Tunnel. This will...
13th Dec 2011 12:00am onwards
UPDATE (20 December 2011): Upon further investigation, it has been noted that the entire wall is in very poor condition and the likelihood of a further collapse is very high making use of the towpath dangerous....
NEW * ROW or RIDE on the River Tees *
The River Tees was formed over 18,000 years ago during the Ice Age and has always been at the heart of Teesside. Since medieval times it’s brought trade and prosperity, firstly to Yarm and later with the Industrial Revolution to Stockton then Middlesbrough.
In the upper reaches the river is calm and rural. But since the building of the impressive feat of engineering that is the Tees Barrage in 1995, this previously tidal river has been converted into adrenaline junkie’s playground. The waters above the barrage are now permanently held at the level of an average high tide so you can do all kinds of watersports – canoeing, jet skiing, dragon boat racing and even a 1km rowing course.
Grab your wet suit because as part of the huge redevelopment of the area, the Trust-owned White Water Course underwent a £4.6m refurbishment. Now managed by Tees Active Ltd through Stockton Council, you can enjoy world-class artificial white water rapids, Olympic-standard canoe slalom and power boat trips. It was one of London 2012’s slalom training grounds!
If something more leisurely takes your fancy, you can step aboard one of the local boat trips. Or take a stroll over the footbridge across the impressive Tees Barrage itself. The barrage’s huge 50-tonne gates control the flow of water in the river. You can see the lock that allows boats to pass the barrage, and enjoy panoramic views from the footbridge. You then have the option to join the Teesdale Way, a walking and cycling route from the North Sea shore to the Cumbrian Pennines.
Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway.
Free activity sheet
Discover more things to do at the Tees Barrage with our free map and activity sheet