Route planning, notices and stoppages
If you're a regular boater or planning a boat trip or holiday it's a good idea to check our navigational advice before you make a journey.
Occasionally our canals, rivers and towpaths are closed for maintenance work. When this happens, whether it’s an emergency stoppage or planned maintenance work, we’ll post a notice on this site to let you know what we’re doing and how the work is progressing.
This is also the best place to find out about any restrictions in place, opening times of manned structures, booking information and general navigation advice.
All you need to do is select the waterway(s) you’d like to find out about and then select the type of notice that you want to find out about from the search box. Alternatively you can search by region rather than waterway.
Strong Stream Warnings
We provide near real-time Strong Stream Warnings from a number of river locations, indicating local conditions. They reflect when stretches of river are experiencing increased flow and variable heights in water level and it's a good idea to check them before setting off.
Each winter we take the opportunity of reduced cruising activity to concentrate effort on essential repairs and maintenance to the canals. Before we carry out our winter maintenance programme we like to consult the people who use our waterways. Please take a look at the second draft of our winter maintenance programme.
Our boaters' guides allow you to select a waterway and then download a PDF listing the information we have on our facilities and stoppages. Please note that some of the data may not be the most up-to-date and you should cross reference with the other guides that are commercially available.
It's a good idea to take a look at the dimensions of our waterways before setting off. The information should only be used as a helpful guide and you should always use your own judgement taking into account local circumstances at any particular time.
Follow us on Twitter
We have a twitter feed dedicated to our Notice updates. Follow @CRTnotices to keep informed of the latest notices and updates.
Sign up for updates
If you want to receive email updates every time there’s a new Notice or update added for a waterway you can sign up for a free account. You can select which waterway or waterways you want to be kept informed about and then login and update your preferences whenever you like.