The Fen waterways are effectively cut off from the rest of the Inland Waterways, from now until the end of February 2013. The Environment Agency are carrying out a series of maintenance works on five locks on the river Nene over the winter. The dates overlap such that the only gap is between 21 Dec and the 02 Jan. This would be enough time to travel the length of the river, providing it is not in flood, but at that time of year, flooding is very likely. EDIT: Weekend passage is possible by arrangement with the EA.
Islip - 05 Nov 2012 to 07 Dec 2012
Irthlingborough - 12 Nov 2012 to 26 Nov 2012
Ashton - 26 Nov 2012 to 21 Dec 2012
Elton - 02 Jan 2013 to 01 Feb 2013
Orton - 28 Jan 2013 to 28 Feb 2013
Due to essential maintenance work the above locks will be closed during the periods stated.
The Agency regrets any inconvenience caused.
For further information please call the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506
between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and ask for the Waterways Team in the
The Nene is currently in Strong Stream Advice and navigation is not advised. Additionally, the sunken boat at Ditchford lock has yet to be rescued, and so that lock is also closed until further notice.