Kilby Lock to Kings Lock

Notice Details
From Date:
27th September 2017 at 15:00
To Date:
until further notice
Navigation Closure
Water resources
Notice updates:
08/11/2017 @ 09:58

If you wish to make use of the opening of the navigation on Saturday 25th November between 9am and Noon, can you please contact our office in advance, on

This will help us to plan our resources in advance of the opening and on the day.

27/10/2017 @ 16:57

We would like to advise of the last opportunity to turn your boat before reaching the Lock closures.   

Going up stream, the last winding hole to turn is near Freemans  Meadow Lock.  

Coming down stream it's the winding hole next to the facilities at Kilby. 

25/10/2017 @ 17:04

In order to help our boating customers while this closure is in place, we have decided to open the navigation on two days in November.

On Saturday 4th November and Saturday 25th November, the Leicester Line will be open between Kings Lock’s and Kilby Lock from 9am, with the last passage in either direction from either of these locks at Noon.

This is for passage through the section only; there will be no mooring within the section.  

We will look into opening the section on further days in December depending on the take up of these two dates.

We believe that these limited openings strike the right balance between conserving water and making sure boaters who need to can pass through the section.


Following a prolonged period of dry weather over last autumn, winter and spring, some of the reservoir holdings that supply the Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal are lower than we would normally expect at this time of year.

Some of the reservoirs, which did not fully refill last winter and have not responded significantly to the recent rainfall, are close to reaching their minimum levels. As a consequence we are temporarily, and reluctantly, closing the canal between Kilby Lock 30 and Kings Lock 38 from 3pm on Wednesday 27 September.

By closing this section of canal now we will give the reservoirs a longer period to refill over the winter ready for next year’s boating.

We can’t at this stage give any details on how long the closure may last but we will keep you updated as the situation progresses.

Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal)
Starts At:
Lock 30 - Kilby Lock
Ends At:
Lock 38 - Kings Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole:
Freemans Meadow Lock - GL-066-006
Down Stream Winding Hole:
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