Open - Leeds & Liverpool canal, between Newlay Top Lock and River Lock


From Date: 15/08/2022 17:00

To Date: 05/01/2023 10:15 inclusive

Type: Advice

Reason: Water resources

Is the towpath closed? No


Closest waterway: Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Starts at: Lock 13, Newlay Top Lock

Ends at: Lock 1, River Lock

Upstream winding hole: Above Newlay Top Lock

Downstream winding hole: In river below River Lock


05/01/2023 10:15

The water levels have improved and this section is open.

Newlay, Forge & Kirkstall flight is to be booked online, 48 hours in advance adhering to the Winter Booking system.

19/10/2022 11:26

This section of canal from Lock 1 to Lock 7 will remain open for a period of 2 weeks to give customers an opportunity to return to moorings for the winter, closing again on Monday 31 October, with last passage on Sunday 30 October. This is subject to the weather over the next 2 weeks, and if we are in a position to extend the opening period, further updates will be provided.  

Newlay, Forge & Kirkstall:

  • Locks will be available for self-operation between the hours of 08:00 and 15:00 daily. However, there will be roving lock keepers between Leeds & Newlay to offer assistance through the locks if required.

15/08/2022 13:39

we have reviewed the notice below and can confirm this remains the plan


Due to minimal water supply into the canal, it has become necessary to close the canal between Newlay Top Lock and River Lock.

This closure will commence Monday 15th August 2022 at 17:00 hours. At this time the affected lock gates will be locked off and sealed. This notice is to allow time for boaters to leave the restricted area before Monday evening. Customers are asked to avoid the area were possible to maintain levels, allowing time for those affected to leave the area.

CRT apologise for this closure and thank you for you help at this unprecedented time.

A further update will be given at 12:00 Monday 15th August 2022.