Using the canal

Closures and works

  • Winter work programme now issued - October 2017 to March 2018

Details of closures

Canal Centre Christmas closure

The Canal Office will be closed 23 December to 1 January inclusive. For emergencies ONLY between this time call the office on 01252 370073 and listen for instructions on how to contact the duty ranger.

The Visitor Centre will be closed 23 December to 8 January inclusive.


If you wish to bring your boat onto the canal you will need a Basingstoke Canal Authority licence.

Lock opening times

There are set opening times for locks on the Canal. You must book in advance to pass through the locks.