Notices and stoppages

From Wednesday 13 May our canals and rivers are open for navigation. Our towpaths are also open for exercise or journeys to undertake essential work, but please try to avoid any stretches with boats moored against the towpath. Strictly observe social distancing at all times, following the latest advice from the government. Before you go by boat, bike or boot, remember to check your route.

Search for any closures (stoppages) or restrictions on our canals or rivers, and find out about 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.

Coronavirus restrictions

Any stoppages on our network relating to coronavirus restrictions will be listed on this page. However, if you'd like more general information about how we're reacting to the pandemic and how we're supporting those who rely on our network, you can read our latest statement.

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Sign up for 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.

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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.

Winter works programme 2020/21

Each winter, when fewer boats are cruising our waterways, we carry out essential repairs and maintenance. In many cases we need to close the waterway completely, and sometimes even the towpath.

Before we begin this winter works programme we like to consult the people who use our waterways to make sure these stoppages cause as little disruption as possible.

Search and comment on our plans for winter 2020/21 stoppages

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.

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