Things to know before commencing a longer journey on your boat after 1 June (different rules apply in Wales):
All Government guidelines, including those in Wales, should be followed – this includes; regular handwashing, especially before and after using any facility or structure, social distancing and only members of your household being on your boat.
Unless your boat is your primary residence (i.e. you permanently live on it) overnight stays on your boat are not currently permitted.
Mooring exemptions ended on 23 May. This means that visitor moorings have reverted to locally signed stay times, unsigned stretches are 14-day-stay and our guidance for continuous cruisers comes back into force. This effectively means that if your boat is moored on a 14-day mooring and hasn’t moved since lockdown began then you need to move your boat by 6 June.
Please bear in mind that it will take time to get the entire network fully operational. As you will expect, booking for some passages and services will be required. Some sections and structures may be closed for a further period. This page details which waterway structures fall into those categories.
Much of the network’s infrastructure has not been used for a good couple of months – we have done all our safety checks but with more active use we expect there will be some niggles and issues as boats begin to cruise further afield. If you come across any, please do let us know.
You may prefer, as much as possible, to use the facilities you have on your boat rather than ours, which we continue to maintain, or those of a third party.