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Making the Turn into Limehouse

Last updated: 22-12-2023 @ 09:09

NOTE: This page is out of date. CRT have now taken the operation of Limehouse lock back in-house. Acquavista are no longer involved. You need to book a transit on the CRT licencing website. The currently proposed arrangements are not feasible. Watch this space! [December 2023] Top Tips Contact Limehouse […]

Useful links

Last updated: 19-06-2020 @ 08:42

Keep up-to-date with what’s important on the Tidal Thames. The Port of London Authority (PLA) Notices to Mariners are here.

CRT information here.

We have been unable to find the Tideway Handbooks on the CRT site, so we have uploaded the most recent copies that we have. Do keep checking […]

Useful check lists

Last updated: 17-02-2019 @ 12:52

Checklist for a Tidal Thames trip (written from a narrowboater’s perspective)

The day:

Have you checked the weather forecast? For a narrowboat, cruising the tideway in winds above around 15 mph (Force 3 Beaufort Scale) may be difficult. Met office, Met check

Other Traffic:


River Wey and Godalming Navigations and Basingstoke Canal

Last updated: 20-03-2018 @ 21:17

River Wey and Godalming Navigations


Today, the leisurely pace of the Navigations contrasts with the speed of the railways and motorways that link London and Guildford. Much has changed since 1653 when the Wey Navigation was […]

Useful telephone numbers and VHF Channels

Last updated: 06-12-2020 @ 21:27

EA – Environment Agency / CaRT – Canal and River Trust / PLA – Port of London Authority

When calling Limehouse (or any other marina) on Channel 80, please ensure that your radio is switched to International Channel 80, not American (US) Channel 80A. Otherwise, the marina will be able […]

Find tide tables

Last updated: 06-12-2020 @ 21:33

Canal and River Trust Tidal Information

WARNING: December 2020: New arrangements are in place at Brentford. ALL transits require prior booking. See the CRT website here.

If you are heading for Brentford or Limehouse then be aware that these locks are not manned 24 hours. Never ever go out […]

Cruising guides

Last updated: 17-02-2019 @ 15:08

The guides we have links to below are ones we feel with be the most help to you. Please note that there is virtually nowhere to moor on the tidal Thames except perhaps in an emergency so all your planning should take that into account and you should aim to […]

Brentford to Limehouse

Note: It is very important that you understand how the time of your booked arrival at Limehouse relates to High Water there (same as at London Bridge). Consult the PLA tide tables (remember they are in GMT) or ask the lockkeeper.The “normal” timings imply arriving between 3 and 3.5 hours after HW. As noted […]

Brentford to Teddington

Planning Your Cruise: Top Tips

Last updated: 08-08-2022 @ 09:21

Make sure your boat is fit for the tideway Aim to leave Brentford as instructed by the lock keeper – usually about 2 hours before high tide at Richmond Make a booking for Brentford on CRT website here Make sure you have a copy of […]

Teddington to Brentford

Planning Your Cruise: Top Tips

Last updated: 08-08-2022 @ 09:20

Make sure your boat is fit for the tideway Contact CRT well in advance to make a booking for Brentford. Do it online via this page, make sure you get a confirmation back. Make sure you have a copy of the relevant tideway handbook – […]