The Canal and River Trust have invited canal users in the south to comment on some proposed changes to the maximum stay times at popular visitor mooring sites. A visitor mooring is considered to be a site with some facilities. Sometimes this may just be mooring rings and at other sites there could be a more wide range of boaters’ services.

Discussions with user groups and boating organisations over the past couple of years have resulted in The Trust proposing a detailed schedule of changes which they would like to start putting into place this April.

The new board of Trustees and the Trust Council have recently confirmed, “amongst other things, the importance of measures to improve compliance with visitor mooring rules.” Their intention is to improve the chance of boaters being able to find a mooring space when they arrive at one of the 22 locations mentioned in the consultation. The proposed changes affect the Oxford Canal and the Grand Union Canal. Some of the changes include reducing some 14 day moorings to 2 days. At other sites the length of available moorings may be extended. Stay times and signage are to be reviewed in several locations.

The full South East Visitor Mooring proposals about casual towpath mooring can be read online at and there is a feedback form so that you can make your views known. The consultation is open until 1st March. There are volunteer opportunities for those interested in helping to collate the feedback.

If you are considering buying a boat we have boats for sale throughout the Grand Union South, some with towpath moorings, some with marina moorings and some that are comfortably equipped for continuous cruising.

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