The Fossdyke Canal is a broad canal and is part of the Waterways of Mainland Britain. It runs for 11 miles and 2½ furlongs through 1 lock from High Bridge Lincoln (the Glory Hole) (where it joins the River Witham (Lincoln to Boston)) to Torksey Junction (where it joins the River Trent (tidal section - Cromwell to Keadby)).
The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 70 feet and 3 inches long and 15 feet and 3 inches wide. The maximum headroom is 11 feet and 3 inches. The maximum draught is 5 feet.
Relevant publications — Waterway Maps:
- Waterway Routes 01M - England and Wales Map
- Waterway Routes 18M - Fossdyke and Witham Navigation and Tributaries Map (Downloadable)
Relevant publications — Waterway Guides:
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|High Bridge Lincoln (the Glory Hole)|
|Wigford Way Bridge||¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Lincoln: Brayford Mere (East end)||¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Brayford Pool||1¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Lincoln: Brayford Mere (West end)
Junction of River Witham and Fossdyke. Visitor moorings after road bridge on the right.
|3 furlongs||0 locks|
|Brayford Way Bridge||3¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Lincoln Sanitary Station||6¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|1 mile and 4 furlongs||0 locks|
|Catchwater Drain||1 mile and 4¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Skellingthorpe Road Bridge||2 miles and ¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Skellingthorpe Pipe Bridge||2 miles and 3½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Burton Waters Marina
48 hour moorings on the Saxilby side of the marina entrance.
|2 miles and 7¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|A57 Pipe Bridge||4 miles and ¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|River Till Junction||4 miles and 4¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Stanley Drain Junction||4 miles and 6¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Lincoln Road Pipe Bridge||5 miles and 1¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Saxilby Bridge||5 miles and 7¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Bridge Street Footbridge (Saxilby)||6 miles and ¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Bridge Street Pipe Bridge (Saxilby)||6 miles and ½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Saxilby Village Wharf Moorings
Originally the village wharf
|6 miles and ¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|West Bank Railway Bridge
It carries the Sheffield-Lincoln Railway and has a footbridge alongside
|6 miles and 1¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Drinsey Nook||7 miles and 5 furlongs||0 locks|
Site of former ferry
|8 miles and 3½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Torksey Visitor Moorings||10 miles and 6½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Torksey Lock||11 miles and ¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|A156 Road Bridge
Road runs over the lock
|11 miles and ½ furlongs||1 lock|
Junction of Fossdyke Canal with River Trent. There are floating moorings just inside the Fossdyke; you can wait for the tide here, without needing to lock into the Fossdyke.
|11 miles and 2½ furlongs||1 lock|
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Opening times notice: Fossdyke Canal, Navigation: Open, Towpath: Open - Lock 1, Torksey Lock — from Thursday the 1st of November, 2018 to Friday the 1st of November, 2019.
TIDAL LOCK OPERATION IN THE EAST MIDLANDS
Two of our tidal locks (Cromwell and Torksey) have the same core hours, which are: 7:00am to 9:00pm in Summer (the earlier of Good Friday or 1st April to 30th September) and 8:00am to 4:00pm in Winter.
Cromwell will operate at all times within these core hours in summer and for 6 hours in winter except at weekends when it will be operated for 8 hours.
Torksey will operate with the tides and shift patterns will be arranged accordingly to suit these, within the core hours. Typical shifts will be 6 hours in winter and 8 hours in summer. Occasionally we will operate Torksey slightly before 8am or slightly after 4pm in winter if there is a suitable tide and this will be recognised in shift patterns.
Any passage required outside of these hours should be booked at least 5 working days in advance through the office at Newark (0303 040 4040) and is subject to staff availability.
During winter Boston is managed by a booking system, and we ask for 5 working days’ notice, to allow for us to arrange for a lock keeper to be on site and is subject to availability. Bookings can be arranged by ringing 0303 040 4040 and asking for the Newark Admin Team. During the Summer, Boston Lock will operate for a maximum of 5 hours on any day, as passage is limited to specific windows of opportunity. The actual hours of operation each day will be designed to maximise the opportunity to use the lock.
In an emergency, the out of hours call out number 0800 47 999 47 is available.
Actual shift patterns are published at the locks and on the notices section of our website.
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