Locks 51 to 56 Wootton Rivers to Crofton

Notice Details
From Date:
7th August 2017 at 12:00
To Date:
until further notice
Navigation Restriction
Water resources
Notice updates:
11/08/2017 @ 11:29

This is a courtesy reminder that a navigation restriction remains in place between Wootton Rivers Lock 51 and Crofton Lock 56.

The opening time for navigation between these locks remains 10am - 3pm.

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.


10/08/2017 @ 09:56

Water levels have recovered sufficiently to reopen the canal this morning.

However, navigation will be restricted to 10am - 3pm. 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.   

09/08/2017 @ 11:15

Locks 51 to 56 remain closed as we continue to recover from the very low water levels.

The recovery rate has been slower than hoped for, but continues to rise.

Locks have been sealed to reduce losses and both pumps at Wotton Rivers are running at full capacity.

Should the current recovery rate be maintained for the next 24 hours, we would expect to reopen the locks at 10am on Thursday 10th August.  However, opening hours would continue to be limited to 10am - 3pm whilst the levels remain low.

An update will be issued at 0930 on the 10th August to confirm the above.


Locks 51 to 56 are closed to boat traffic with immediate effect. Extremely low levels on the summit of the canal, combined with recent vandalism occurring to the pounds either side of the summit, means we do not have enough water reserves to enable safe navigation.


Water levels will be kept under review and once sufficiently recovered, the section will re-open to boat traffic. This notice will be updated at noon on Wednesday 9th August.

Kennet & Avon Canal
Starts At:
Lock 51, Wootton Rivers
Ends At:
Lock 56, Crofton Lock
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