Planning your boat trip

If you’re preparing for any kind of a trip on a boat, whether you’re a continuous cruiser, paddler or holiday maker, you can make sure your journey goes without a hitch by using our website to plan your journey.

Using our maps

A mapYou can use our interactive maps to help plan your route and find all sorts of information about the waterways you’ll be travelling on, from how many locks you’ll have to pass through to the location of tunnels, visitor moorings and water points.

There's an interactive map on our Local to You page. Simply pop in the rough location of your travels (using a nearby town or postcode if you have one) and what you want to see there.

You can choose to see the information in a list or a map format.

If you’re using our maps and you see a marker with a number in it, this means that there is more than one entry at this location. You can either click on it to see a list or zoom in further to see the entries separately.

If you spot any incorrect information when you're looking at our maps please use our online map correction tool to let us know about it.

Size matters: check your dimensions

HMS Deutschland in London's DocklandsIt's a good idea to take a look at the dimensions of our waterways before setting off. You don’t want to end to try and squeeze a Dutch barge into the Huddersfield Narrow because you didn’t do your homework! However, waterway levels can vary greatly depending on the seasons and how much rain we’ve had so please use our dimension document as a rough guide only.

Download waterway dimensions

Stoppages and notices

You can check your route for any stoppages, navigational advice or opening time information before and during your travels.

All you need to do is tick the boxes next to the waterways you’ll be travelling along, choose the type of information you want to see and the dates you’ll be travelling and then you’ll be presented with a list of all of the notices relevant to your journey.

You can also sign up to receive alerts via email. Every time a new stoppage or advisory notice is added to the waterways you’ve selected, we’ll send you an email to tell you all about it.

Visit our stoppage and notices pages

Strong stream warnings

Strong stream warnings tell you about conditions which may affect navigation, such as increased river flows or variable heights in water level.

Lack of water

Our Drought page explains what happens to our waterways in unusually hot spells, it includes FAQs, tips on how boaters can follow our THRIFT code and a closure map.

Book your passage online

You'll need to book your passage before you travel through some of our bridges, tunnels and locks, as well as the famous Anderton Boat Lift:

You can make sure your journey goes without a hitch by booking online.

Boaters' Guides

These guides list information we have on our facilities and stoppages.

Download a boaters' guide today

Last date edited: 19 November 2018