What you need to know about lockage?
I’ve never operated locks before, what do I need to know?
Before you begin your canal holiday, it’s good to read up on lockage on our website. It also includes videos. Read about the equipment you need, such as fenders and lines.
When you begin your canal journey, the lock keeper at the first lock will give you tips and advice so you can feel secure. At any time on your canal journey you can ask our lock keepers if there’s anything more you need to know.
Can I ask the lock keeper for assistance in lockage?
The lock keeper’s job is to manage lockage and make sure it is safe for all boats in the lock. The lock keeper also gives tips and advice if you have questions about lockage. However, the boaters must manage their own vessel and lines during lockage. You need to be at least two people, one on board and one on land to handle the lines.
What kind of equipment do I need for lockage?
It’s important to have enough fenders, which you must hang on both sides of the boat.
Make sure to have some low fenders that touch the water’s surface as well as some higher up to protect you from scraping.
You also need a stern line of 8–10 metres and a bow line of about 12 metres.
How many people are needed for lockage?
You need to be at least two people, one on board and one on land to handle the lines.
You can find everything about lockage here!