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CAN I STOP AND PARK ANYWHERE ALONG THE CANAL FOR A OVERNIGHT STOP AND WHICH SIDE

Asked by: MICK BAINES  | 11.45am, Saturday 3 October


WW says:

There are many designated visitor moorings where you can stop overnight and, in some cases longer. The permitted period is displayed on the notice board and is usually, 48 hours, 5 days or 14 days depending on how popular the site is.
There is nothing to stop you mooring in other places provided you are not impeding the passage of other boats. This means avoiding narrow stretches of canal, banks opposite permanently moored boats and the outsides of bends where other boats have to use the full width of the canal to get round. Also, look out for 'No Mooring' signs near locks, at sanitary stations and winding holes (turning places).
Visitor moorings are always on the towpath side of the canal as this is owned by the Canals and Rivers Trust. The offside bank is almost entirely privately owned so should be avoided.
Rivers are more difficult as both banks are generally privately owned so you have to stop at a designated mooring site. Since these can be rather few and far between, it is a good idea not to leave it too late before you stop for the night or you may have to find someone who is happy for you to moor alongside them. Alternatively, you may be able to moor overnight in a marina, but there will be a charge for this.

Graham Booth  | 6.08PM, Saturday 3 October

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