Bridgewater Canal


From Date: 03/06/2016 10:45

To Date: 09/02/2017 10:45 inclusive

Type: Advice

Reason: Information

Is the towpath closed? No


Closest waterway: Trent & Mersey Canal

Starts at: Preston Brook Tunnel

Ends at: Preston Brook Tunnel


21/06/2016 09:07

Following Bridgewater Canal’s update of its approach to enforcement for Canal & River Trust licence holders (see below), we wanted to confirm that we will forward details of any licence holders wishing to use the Bridgewater Canal as part of passage to a festival this summer.  Please contact us at; or, and provide your boat details (index number, name, and your name, and the festival that you are travelling to/from, and dates of travel), and we will pass these on.

We will provide a further update following a meeting planned with representatives of the Bridgewater Canal Company in July to discuss these issue.


NOTICE JUNE 2016 - Announcement for amendments to the BCCL/C&RT reciprocal agreement.

Please note we are now operating a no return within 28 day restriction

under the reciprocal agreement with CRT. We have been working on these

changes for a year and BCCL have now decided to bring them into play

this summer to reinforce our enforcement work and to protect the Canal

from abuse. To help prevent further exploitation we have introduced a

no return policy to the reciprocal agreement which now reads as;

'C&RT licensed crafts are permitted upto 7 consecutive days free

navigation on the Bridgewater Canal. No return within any 28 day period'.

For clarification after 7-days from first arriving on the Bridgewater

Canal a permit will be required to remain on the Bridgewater Canal.

Any return within 28 days from the date of leaving whether leaving

after 3 days or 5 days or up to 7 days you will require an additional permit.

We are in discussions with C&RT and have agreed with C&RT that for

2016 any boaters who are registered to attend the Liverpool Festival

or another bona fide canal festival will be permitted return

navigation on the Bridgewater Canal at no cost subject to their

registration details being provided to BCCL by C&RT or IWA.

It is possible that a return ticket for a reduced fee may be

introduced. Any return ticket information will be placed on the

Bridgewater Canal website when it is available.

On behalf of

The Bridgewater Canal Company Limited




We have become aware that Bridgewater Canal have changed their approach to enforcement for Canal & River Trust licencees.  They have confirmed to us that they are only allowing Trust licencees a 7 consecutive day access to the canal without charge, no return allowed within 28 days.  After the 7 days is expired people will be required to purchase short-term licences.

Canal & River Trust are seeking to review this change with the Bridgewater Canal and will advise further when this is done.