Salthouse Dock and the Liverpool Canal Link


From Date: 29/03/2021 08:00

To Date: 16/10/2022 16:00 inclusive

Type: Booking Information

Is the towpath closed? No

Intersection of

Closest waterway: Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Starts at: Stanley Dock Top Lock

Ends at: Stanley Dock Top Lock


Closest waterway: Liverpool Link

Starts at: Mann Island Lock

Ends at: Mann Island Lock



The Liverpool Canal Link is a seasonal passage, open from the last week in March until late October, annually. The Liverpool Canal Link provides a navigable route from the bottom of the existing Stanley Lock Flight on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal to Liverpool’s South Docks, including our visitor mooring, Salthouse Dock.

Passage via the Liverpool Canal Link is available daily, excluding Tuesdays. Stay in Salthouse Dock is free for up to 7 nights with extra nights costing just £20 per night.

You can book your passage and pontoon via your online account or calling 03030 404040. Choose your dates of your return passage via the Liverpool Canal Link and pick your preferred pontoon in Salthouse Dock. Please note, pontoons are available on a first come, first served basis.

Customer’s must have a valid licence and insurance, ensuring your craft complies with BSS regulations. 

If you require a one way only passage, please speak with our North West Customer Support Team by calling 03030 404040.

Stanley Lock Flight, Prince’s Lock and Mann Island Lock are all customer operated with roving lock keepers and volunteers available for guidance. Operating times are as follows, Wednesday to Monday:

Outbound passages (going from Salthouse Dock to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal)

Opening times for outbound passages are 8am to 9:30am from Mann Island

Inbound passages (from the Leeds & Liverpool Canal into Salthouse Dock)

Opening times are from 1pm to 4pm from Stanley Top Lock

The Liverpool Canal Link will be padlocked outside these hours.

Use of Bridge 9, Handcock’s Swing Bridge is restricted during peak traffic times. Open for customer operation from 9:30am to 2pm and 6pm to 7:30am, daily. Installation of the landing stages at Bridge 6, Netherton Swing Bridge has enabled customer operation, with no assistance required.

As of May 2018, we have a 28 day no return policy on the bookings. The booking system will not allow bookings within this period to be taken.

You can see more information, including the Liverpool Canal Link Skipper’s Guide, here.