6th August 2018
until further notice
Due to the continued drawdown of the reservoirs because of prolonged low rainfall and with the forecast for further dry weather, the Trust is reluctantly closing the navigation between locks 24 West to 1 East (from above Uppermill across to Huddersfield), commencing on Monday 6 August.
The locks, 24 West to 1 East, will be padlocked closed and the gates will be ashed up to reduce leakage. To prevent use, measures will be taken to make the locks inoperable.
It’s not clear how long the closure will last for but it’s likely to be throughout August and potentially beyond if there aren’t significant and sustained periods of rainfall. While the closure will prevent through navigation of the canal by boats, the towpath will remain open for visitors and the local community to enjoy.
In the meantime, boaters can help conserve water by:
- Sharing locks where possible and making the best use of the water available.
- Ensuring paddles are fully closed once they’ve passed through a lock.
- Aiming for minimal contact when navigating through locks by ensuring gates are fully open as they pass through.
- Pushing gates open using a boat can damage the gate lining, increasing its leakage.