Notices and stoppages

If you're planning a boat journey, or going for a walk or ride along our towpaths, it's a good idea to check if there are any closures or works affecting your route before you leave home.

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To travel through some tunnels, bridges and locks you will need to book passage in advance. This might be because of unexpected events, such as an unplanned stoppage or coronavirus restrictions, or because boat passage needs to coincide with tide times.

Search for any closures (stoppages), restrictions and booking information, opening times, notices and navigation advice. Simply enter the first two letters of the waterway you’re interested in. Then filter by type of notice and view notices either in a list or on the map. 

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Boating safety

Visit our safety pages for the latest information on safe boating.

Receive stoppage notices

Create a free account to get email updates each time there’s a new notice or stoppage. You can select which canals and rivers you want to know about and login and update your preferences whenever you like.

Follow us on Twitter

Follow us @CRTnotices on Twitter to keep up to date on the latest notices and stoppages.

Flooding advice

If you're in an area affected by flooding, read our advice for walkers and boaters on staying safe during flooding.

Waterway Code

However you use the waterways, please be aware of and considerate to other users. Read and follow our waterway code for boaters, anglers and unpowered craft and our Towpath Code for everyone using the towpaths.

Boaters' guides

Download a PDF of your waterway, for navigation information and boaters’ facilities. Note: some information may not be up-to-date, so cross reference with other available guides.


Check the dimensions of our waterways before setting off on your journey. Note: this information is only a helpful guide. Always use your own judgement and check water levels and other navigation advice first.