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Everything the boating enthusiast needs to know about the Bridgewater Canal.

Boaters are welcome along the Bridgewater Canal route. In this section you will find everything you need from licensing, mooring locations and forms to boat hire and boating businesses.

Stoppages & Operating Times

All up to date stoppage and operating time information can be found here.

Preston Brook Tunnel Times Northbound Open on the hour and remaining open until 10 minutes past the hour. Southbound Open half past the hour and remaining open until 20 minutes to the hour.


Here is a list of moorings by area as approved by The Bridgewater Canal Company Ltd (TBCC)



All the licensing information and downloads you need.



Here you will find announcements, notices, operating times & stoppages.


Pay Online

Pay your licence or mooring fees online


Licence Checker

Boat licence check.


Boat Trips & Boat Hire

Hire a boat to travel along the Canal for a day or a short term break


Download Forms

From Direct Debit forms to Change of Ownership


Boating Services

From water and gas to chandlery and boat maintenance


Terms & Conditions

Guidelines for all users of the canal from boat owners and fishermen to walkers and cyclists.


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Spice up your Monday with watersports along the Bridgewater Canal! ๐Ÿ›ถโ›… Why not get a @British.Canoeing licence that permits Canoes, Kayaks and SUP's to travel up and down the Bridgewater Canal free of charge. ๐Ÿ“ธ : @_jaderauhl
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