News and advice for Boaters

News and advice for Boaters – 2017

Boaters travelling north on the Ashby Canal from the direction of Marston Junction, please note you can pick up a copy of our canal guide leaflet from the yellow box on a post near the Limekilns Water point, just before bridge 15.  You will need a CRT “Watermate” key to unlock the box.

Alternatively, you can download and print the latest version of our guide from this website – just click on the yellow button on the right.  We are updating some of our noticeboards to include a QR code which you can scan with your smartphone, to access our website and guide from the towpath.


Boaters wishing to access the newly restored length of canal from the Pumping Station to Bridge 62 are advised that the winding hole beyond the new bridge 62 is limited to boats of 16 metres or less  (approx 52 feet).  Longer boats must be prepared to reverse for a considerable distance.  Otherwise, please turn boats round at the full-size winding hole just before the water point and sanitary station.  Swing Bridge 61A, which marks the end of CRT waters,  is  kept locked and bolted.   Volunteers, when on duty at our Snarestone site, will be happy to give advice.  Please enquire at the little kiosk, if open.   However, our volunteers are just that – they are not paid, and are there in their own time, so we regret we cannot guarantee that there will be someone available.

If you are working the bridge yourself, a CRT “Watermate” key is needed for the padlock, which is on the off-side of the bridge near ground level. Please remember to re-lock, and bolt, the bridge after use.  Remember, boats over 16m (approx 52ft)  will not be able to turn round on this stretch, so check the boat length before proceeding, or be prepared to test your boating skill by reversing for a long distance!

Our little shop and information kiosk is open on most days during the summer season. Postcards, gifts, navigation plaques, souvenir mugs, tea-towels, etc., are on sale.  You can also get a souvenir navigation certificate if you have travelled the length of the canal. Our adjacent bric-a-brac emporium has lots of bargains.  All proceeds help the ACA’s funds and go towards the care and restoration of the Ashby Canal.  Membership forms are also available should you wish to join the Association.   Opening hours depend on the availability of volunteers.  Throughout the winter months the shop will be closed on Sundays, and possibly some weekdays.

Moorings beyond the swing-bridge 61A are limited to 48 hours, thereafter £10 per day. These waters are governed by Leicestershire County Council regulations.   Concessions are available for ACA and AWCC club members – please enquire.  For details of slipway access, etc, please click on the slipway and moorings  button at the top of his page. Note new charges apply from 1st January 2017.

An off -line nature reserve is alongside the canal at Snarestone – providing a protected habitat for submerged and floating plants and aquatic creatures.  23 aquatic species were recorded last year in this small reserve.