Lock 18, Field Top Lock, near Esholt, Leeds & Liverpool Canal


From Date: 08/02/2021 08:00

To Date: 19/02/2021 16:00 inclusive

Type: Navigation Closure

Reason: Repair

Is the towpath closed? No


Closest waterway: Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Starts at: Lock 18, Field Top Lock

Ends at: Lock 18, Field Top Lock

Upstream winding hole: Immediately above Lock 18

Downstream winding hole: Apperley Bridge, near Bridge 214.


Carry out repairs to the top offside ground paddle to reduce leakage. 

01/06/2020:  The information above is a draft notice of works planned as part of our winter 2020/21 stoppages programme.  This is subject to change depending on the latest advice from the UK government on coronavirus.  Please follow our guidance relating to coronavirus when using the canals and towpaths https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/coronavirus.


12/07/2020 14:58 - Canal & River Trust

Thank you very much for your observations regarding Lock 18 and the great offer of help which has been passed on to our area operations manager.

As I’m sure you will be aware, we have a programme of winter repairs which is planned during the year and our focus is the delivery of these works in the timescale available. However, as the scope of the stoppage is refined, we also look at any arising work needed at each site to see if we could carry out those repairs at the same time.

24/06/2020 19:07 - Marcus Topham - Lead volunteer

The volunteers who work at this lock would like to see the following repairs included: -
1) Replacement of offside fender on the top lock entrance. Last year we had to remove the old wooden fender due to it being rotten at its mounting points and it floated loose.
2) In the middle lock the offside ground paddle wooden stalk has snapped. Could this be replaced?
3) Could the minor leaks on the lock gates be looked at? It may be that adjusting the collars could improve things.
The volunteers are willing to help staff with these works.
Thank you.