5th September, 20018
The Canal & River Trust is today publishing the list of sites it will be offering for winter moorings in 2018-19.
Matthew Symonds, boating strategy and engagement manager at Canal & River Trust, said: “Cruising in winter can be a wonderful experience, with bright blue skies, frosty foliage, and the feeling, on many stretches, that you’ve got the waterways to yourself. However the weather can be harsh and, every year, many boaters decide that they want the security of staying in one place and choose to take a winter mooring, from the Trust or the many other mooring providers.
“Sites are spread across the country so boaters can have as wide a choice as possible, including sites near facilities, as well as more secluded spots for boaters who want a bit more peace and quiet.”
The Trust’s winter moorings will be available from 1 November 2018 to 16 March 2019. A final list of the sites and prices can be found at www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/winter-moorings. All winter mooring permits will be charged at a ‘per metre, per month’ rate, and boaters will be able to book the spots in increments of one month, or sixteen days in March 2019.
The Trust’s winter moorings are divided into five price bands reflecting each site’s relative attractiveness, for example location and facilities, and to ensure the Trust stays in line with the pricing of both private mooring operators and its own long-term mooring sites.
This year the Trust has added an additional upper band (band 0) for five of the most popular sites – Kensal Green and Brentford in London, and Dundas West on the Kennet & Avon – that saw extremely high demand last year. 16 other popular sites have also moved up to a higher price band. Following no price increases last year, the four other mooring price bands (bands 1 – 4) have this year risen by 3%.
Both continuous cruisers and boaters with a home mooring will be able to take up a winter mooring. However, boaters who are not meeting their licence requirements may not be eligible.
Bookings for the Trust’s winter moorings will open at 6am on Wednesday 3 October and will be made through the Trust’s boat licensing site: https://licensing.canalrivertrust.org.uk/Account/Register.
Boaters will be able to look at sites on the online booking system from Monday 10 September.
If you have any questions about the Trust’s winter moorings please call customer services on 0303 040 4040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The winter moorings price bands are as follows:
Band 0 – £18 per metre/per month – as band one, but with extremely high demand on day one in 2017/18.
Band 1 – £16 per metre/per month – a visitor mooring site with mooring rings or bollards, in/within walking distance of a popular village/town/location with local amenities. There are good facilities at or nearby (which can include most of the following; water, elsan, pumpout and rubbish facilities) and good public transport links (for example the site is close to a station/public transport routes or, in London, is in travel zone 1-4).
Band 2– £13.90 per metre/per month – a visitor mooring site with mooring rings or bollards, in/within walking distance of a popular village/town/location with local amenities. This site has good facilities (which can include some of the following; water, elsan, pumpout and rubbish facilities).
Band 3 – £10.30 per metre/per month – this could be a visitor mooring or towpath site with a few facilities on site or within a short cruise. The site is likely to be quite close to a village or town.
Band 4 – £6.70 per metre/per month – a quieter towpath location, which doesn’t have any facilities on site.