Fossdyke Canal

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.

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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
Carholme Arm
A feeder???
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
Torksey Junction
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.


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.

Notification sent Friday the 11th of January, 2019


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Information retrieved Wednesday 30 December 2015 at 4:47