Harecastle Tunnel opening times


From Date: 08/06/2020 00:00

To Date: 16/07/2020 23:45 inclusive

Type: Booking Information

Is the towpath closed? No


Closest waterway: Trent & Mersey Canal

Starts at: Harecastle Tunnel

Ends at: Harecastle Tunnel


16/07/2020 14:42

All passages must be pre-booked by email EventsNorthStaffs@canalrivertrust.org.uk

02/07/2020 09:39

From Wednesday 8th July, booking slots for passage through the tunnel will be available for seven days a week, from 8 am until 2 pm. 

All passages must be pre-booked by email EventsNorthStaffs@canalrivertrust.org.uk or call 03030 404040. Thank you.

08/06/2020 11:37

Please be advised our booking slots are available between 8am and 12noon on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday only. All passages must be pre-booked by email EventsNorthStaffs@canalrivertrust.org.uk or call 03030 404040.


Passage through the tunnel is available via a booking system only. Your boat must have a working front light and horn or you will not be allowed to enter the tunnel. Unfortunately, we are not able to safely lend these items out at the moment.

Bookings will only be available during the following days and time:

Monday - 9 am till 1 pm

Wednesday - 9 am till 1 pm

Friday - 9 am till 1 pm

Saturday - 9 am till 1 pm

For more information and booking, please email EventsNorthStaffs@canalrivertrust.org.uk Alternatively call 03030 404040.

Please be mindful that our staff have been instructed to remain 2 metres away from others when instigating communications and interacting with our customers. Please respect this personally safety zone.

From Wednesday 13 May our canals and rivers are open for navigation. Our towpaths are also open for exercise or journeys to undertake essential work, but please try to avoid any stretches with boats moored against the towpath. Strictly observe social distancing at all times, following the latest advice from the government. Before you go by boat, bike or boot, remember to check your route