Harecastle Tunnel opening times


From Date: 17/07/2020 00:00

To Date: 31/10/2020 23:45 inclusive

Type: Booking Information

Is the towpath closed? No


Closest waterway: Trent & Mersey Canal

Starts at: Harecastle Tunnel

Ends at: Harecastle Tunnel


20/10/2020 13:09

Please be advised that the summer season timetable ends on Saturday 31st October. There will be no passage on Sunday 1st November. The first day of tunnel passage in the winter season is Monday 2nd November. Please refer to this notice for winter opening times:- https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices/18623-harecastle-tunnel-winter-opening-times-202021

11/08/2020 10:50

In order to manage your booking as efficiently as possible could you please provide the following when emailing your booking request:

Boat name

Index number 

Direction of travel (Northbound Westport to Kidsgrove, Southbound Kidsgrove to Westport)

Please book in advance where possible as passages are limited.


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.

The 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 [email protected] Thank you.

For the latest information regarding Covid-19 and any restrictions or impact it may be having on our waterways please visit https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/safety-on-our-waterways/coronavirus