Harecastle Tunnel Winter Opening Times 2020/21


From Date: 01/11/2020 00:00

To Date: 28/02/2021 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 13:35

To make a booking or for enquiries, please email [email protected] 

Alternatively, please call 0303 0404040.


During the winter season 2020/21, booking will be required for passage through the Harecastle Tunnel.

There will be no passage on Sunday 1st November. From 2nd November until 23rd December 2020 and 4th January until 28th February 2021, booking slots for passage are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays only, at the following times:-

North to South – 8am & 10am

South to North – 9am & 11am

Please book at least 48 hours prior to passage as we will be unable to accommodate late arrivals.

Christmas and New Year Period –

The tunnel is open from 8am to 12noon on 28th, 30th December and 2nd January. Customers must book before 3pm on 23rd December to guarantee a passage booking.

To make a booking or enquiries, please email [email protected]; alternatively, please call 0303 040 404040.

In order to manage your booking as efficiently as possible, please include the following when emailing your request: Boat Name, Index Number, Direction of travel (Northbound: Westport to Kidsgrove; Southbound: Kidsgrove to Westport). 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