Local lockdowns

Following the announcement from the Secretary of State for Health & Social Care (30 July 2020) regarding the reintroduction of some lockdown measures across parts of the country, we are issuing new guidance on use of the waterways in the areas during this period.

In Greater Manchester, east Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire separate households cannot meet each other at home after a spike in Covid-19 cases. This also extends to boats. So, while the waterways remain open, only members of a single household or support bubble should be aboard a boat at any time. The Government guidance for the North of England is available here.

In Leicester, pubs, cafes and restaurants have been permitted to re-open. We are pleased to announce the waterway through Leicester is re-opening for boating. The single household guidance applies, with only members of a single household or support bubble aboard at any time. The Government guidance for Leicester is available here.

We’re reminding people that social distancing guidance should continue to be maintained across the Trust’s waterway network.

The situation will be kept under active review and updates provided in line with the latest Government guidance.

FAQS

Which waterways are affected?

Waterways in the following areas are affected:

Greater Manchester, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees

Ashton Canal

Bridge 28 Margaret Street

Islington Arm Bridge

Calder and Hebble Navigation

Bridge 1 Chain Bridge

Bridge 25 Figure of Three

Dewsbury Arm (Calder and Hebble Nav)

Dewsbury Arm

Dewsbury arm

Halifax Branch (Calder and Hebble Nav)

Halifax Branch

Halifax Branch

Huddersfield Broad Canal

Hythe Bridge Street

Bridge 1 Coopers Bridge

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Lock 1 Stanley Dawnson Lock

Bridge 110 Minerva Road Bridge

Leigh Branch (Leeds and Liverpool Canal)

Junct with Leeds Liverpool, Bridge 1 Aireys Foodbridge

Bridge 10 A572 Road Bridge

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Bridge 42 Appley Bridge

White Bear Bridge 69

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Stanworth Woods

Bridge 159 Southfield Bridge

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Bridge 189 Lanehouse Swing

Bridge 214B thornhill Bridge

Macclesfield Canal

Bridge 1 Junction Side Bridge

Bridge 13 Bullocks Bridge

Peak Forest Canal

Portland Basin Stone Bridge

Bridge 24 Wood End Lift Bridge

Rochdale Canal

Junction with Calder & Hebble

Bridge 101, Castle Street Bridge

Leicester

Leicester Line (Grand Union)

Ayleston Nr A563

St Augustines nr Bridge 112

River Soar

St Augustines nr Bridge 1 West Bridge

Birstall Nr Bridge 14A

Can I visit my boat in Leicester, Greater Manchester, east Lancashire, and west Yorkshire?

Yes, as long as you are alone or with members of your household or social bubble. While the lockdown is in place, only members of a single household should be aboard at any one time.  We will update this in line with government guidance which we will review on an ongoing basis.

Are the canals in Leicester, Greater Manchester, east Lancashire, and west Yorkshire open for cruising?

Yes, as long as you are alone or with members of your household or social bubble. While the lockdown is in place, only members of a single household should be aboard at any one time.  We will update this in line with government guidance which we will review on an ongoing basis.

What should I do if I need help but don’t have any support networks?

Anyone who needs help, especially liveaboard boaters, should contact us and we will support you if we can. Please get in touch via our online webform or contact your local boat licence support team

Are boater facilities still available and being maintained?

Yes, we have contingency plans to maintain essential boating facilities. Please follow Government advice and wash your hands after using the facilities.

Can people fish on the towpaths at the moment?

Yes, provided you are alone or with single household members or social bubble. Rules around social distancing and limits on gatherings should be followed at all times

Can I still canoe or kayak?

Yes, provided you are alone or with single household members or social bubble. Rules around social distancing and limits on gatherings should be followed at all times

Are the towpaths open?

Our towpaths remain open for people to enjoy exercise and being in the outdoors, close to nature. We’re following the government’s advice and taking the appropriate action so that everyone who visits, or lives on or around, our canals and river navigations is able to enjoy their time by or on the canal whilst remaining safe. 

Defra advises that the risk of the coronavirus being passed on to others from people using public rights of way and other paths and trails is considered to be very low as long as people follow the Government’s instructions to maintain social distancing.

Are hire boats operating in affected areas?

Hire boat operators will be able to advise you on their protocols, which may vary between operators.

Last date edited: 31 July 2020