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News article created on 6 December 2016

Winter moorings prove popular

As winter settles in the Trust is reporting that more boaters than ever before are taking up moorings for the season, with the number of winter mooring permits sold rising 15% year-on-year to 522 (2015: 454 permits).

A boat moored in the snow on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal A boat moored in the snow on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

The Trust picked a range of winter mooring sites across the country to offer boaters as wide a choice as possible, which took into account boaters’ feedback on last year’s winter mooring spots.  This collaborative approach has meant that this year winter moorings have been taken up at 104 locations.

Winter moorings provide a service for boaters who may not want to cruise as the nights grow longer and the weather can be grim.  The proceeds from winter mooring sales go back into the waterways to provide for their care, and this year £250,500 has been raised so far (2015: £183,000).

Mike Grimes, head of boating at the Trust, said: "While the canals in winter can be extremely beautiful the conditions can turn challenging and some boaters want the assurance of a particular mooring to keep their boat. We’ve spent a lot of time working on what we can offer boaters, and listening to what they want. I’m pleased the moorings have proved so popular. There are still some spots available so if the recent cold snap has cooled the prospects of cruising, do take a look at our website and see if you can find a winter mooring that appeals to you."

Winter moorings are available until 31 March 2017, and a list of the sites and prices can be found at winter moorings. Bookings for the winter moorings can be made through the Trust’s boat licensing site: licensing

If you have any questions about winter moorings please call customer services on 0303 040 4040 or email wintermoorings@canalrivertrust.org.uk.