News article created on 3 September 2014

Winter mooring permits for 2014-15

Boating in winter can be a rewarding experience but it can also be gruelling, and many continuous cruisers choose to keep their boat in one place by purchasing a winter mooring permit between November and March.

Following a positive response to last year’s trial changes to the winter moorings system, we've decided to offer a continuation of that pilot, with a few additional features.

Boaters will be able to choose:

  • General Towpath Permits: cheaper and more flexible, allowing mooring anywhere on the towpath for a month or more, with a few exceptions
  • Selected Visitor Moorings: a selection of the most popular sites offered for winter moorings in previous years
  • Central London Winter Mooring Sites: four locations (West, Central, East 1 & East 2)

Following feedback from boaters, we are now offering winter mooring permits of one, two, three four or five months’ duration, starting on the first day of the month. There are unlimited numbers of general towpath permits available.

Continuous cruisers will be able to book general mooring permits on Wednesday 1 October. For continuous cruisers seeking to book selected visitor moorings or central London winter moorings, four and five month permits will be available on 1 October, with two and three month permits on sale on 14 October and one month permits bookable from 1 November. Other boaters will be able to secure winter moorings at selected visitor sites from 1 November. 

In April 2015, we will be asking boaters for their views about winter moorings and how they could be improved for the following winter.

Dean Davies, interim head of customer services at Canal & River Trust, said: “While many boaters enjoy winter cruising, every year hundreds of boaters decide they want to settle in one place as the weather turns harsher or because it’s harder to get around because of stoppages.

"We want to make it as easy as possible for boaters without a home mooring to make the choices that work best for them.  The feedback we got from boaters about the new winter mooring permits was really encouraging so we’ve decided to continue with the trial: once again, we’ll be asking boaters for their views in the spring.”

From 1 October, winter mooring permits will be available from:

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