Waterways and lock closures

Boating vacations rely on waterways, and even during boating season navigation may not always be possible. Disruption could be caused by a lock or bridge needing maintenance, or there may not be the right level of water to safely navigate.

Due to government restrictions to reduce the spread of Coronavirus we have had to delay certain vacations, either because we are unable to open our bases, or because customers are unable to travel. Please check if your vacation is directly affected by Coronavirus.

 

Please be aware that our Base teams are expert in their cruising regions. They will also be happy to provide up to date advice on the best cruising conditions and suggested itineraries on arrival and during your cruise. With the safety and enjoyment of our Customers in mind, we may sometimes advise against navigation within a certain part of the cruising region where local conditions may be challenging at that specific point in time. Conditions continually evolve so it is not always possible to inform you of relevant conditions in advance, however please do use the information below as a guide to the current navigation restrictions in place in our boating regions. 

  • On Sundays in April and October locks and bridges will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on these day.
  • Due to water hazards and challenging navigation during our 2021 boating season we advise all customers who plan to visit Perth do so by cruising and mooring at Lower Beverages lock and taking a taxi to Perth.

No current restrictions

Helpful link: Environment Agency

  • Due to a public holiday on the 1st May, locks will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day.
  • The Moselle River will be closed from the 7th June until 16th June 2021 and 16th May until 25th May 2022. Navigation North Nancy (including Toul) and the Triple Nations cruise will not be possible during these periods.

No current restrictions

  • Please be aware that locks will be closed on 25th October 2021.
  • Due to a public holiday on the 1st May, locks will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day.
  • Due to essential maintenance lock des Boisseaux is closed to boat traffic until the end of April 2021. This lock is located 6km north of Auxerre and will prevent trips between our Migennes and Tannay bases.
  • Due to a public holiday on the 1st May, locks will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day.
  • The Nourriguier Lock is closed for maintenance works until the end of 2021 - It is not possible to reach Beaucaire from St Gilles by waterways.
  • Due to a public holiday on the 1st May, locks will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day.
  • Before 31st March, waterway navigation is upon request. Please contact the waterway authorities the day before for any required lock opening.
  • Due to a public holiday on the 1st May, locks will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day.

No current restrictions

No current restrictions

  • Lock Steinhavel (North Fürstenberg) is closed for maintenance until 30th April 2021 - This means you will not be able to cruise one-way in either direction between Potsdam and Marina Wolfsbruch

No current restrictions

No current restrictions

  • Due to a public holiday on the 2nd April (Easter Friday) and 5th April (Easter Monday), locks will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day.
  • Before 16th April, locks and bridges in Amsterdam and Vinkeveen will be closed on Sundays which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day. Locks and bridges in other areas will operate upon request, please contact the waterway authorities the day before for any required opening.
  • From October 21st 2019 the lockmasters in Scotland will be covering multiple locks. Please call ahead before you reach the lock, and be aware that it may take longer to pass through.
  • Due to essential maintenance the Gairlochy Locks and swing bridge will be unavailable to boat traffic until the end of April 2021. This means access to Banavie via the waterway is not possible.

Helpful link: Scottish Canals

Need help?

If any of the above information effects your vacation please do contact the team to discuss the options that are available to you 021 200 1838