Following negotiations with the Canal and Rivers Trust, and as part of a waterways Olympic legacy The Pirate Castle, in conjunction with other central London community boat organisations, have succeeded in getting a number of marked community boat mooring spaces put in at key locations in Central London.
The Pirate Castle is based on the Regents Canal, in Camden, London and was originally a centre providing water-based activities. Now a team of staff and volunteers provide a variety of inclusive community events, pursuits and training on both water and land, ranging from water activities to drumming sessions or computer classes. (Visit their website to find out more. The Pirate Castle)
The visitor moorings are marked ‘Community Craft Mooring Only’ and can be found at the following locations on the Regent’s Canal.
- On the east side of the Pool in Little Venice, Westminster next to Rembrandt Gardens
- Below City Rd Lock in City Rd Basin, Islington
- Above Old Ford Lock, Hackney next to Victoria Park
There is also one planned for the River Lee Navigation, but this is not yet in place. The moorings are suitable for two full length (72’ x 7’) narrowboats breasted up or one full- length wide beam boat(72’ x 14’), and are available to embark and disembark passengers and also for overnight mooring.
The Pirate Castle team hope that community boating projects will feel free to take full advantage of these facilities whether their boats are based in London or visiting from elsewhere. They wish to thank Sarah Emmings of Canal and Rivers Trust (London) for all her help in making this happen.
Andrew Carpenter, boat manager at The Pirate Castle, points out that although they have full approval from Canal and Rivers Trust to use these moorings on the above basis, they will not be policed by their Patrol Officers, so should you find a private boat on the mooring it will be a case of politely asking if they will move off the mooring or enquiring whether you can moor up alongside them.
Andrew’s message to all community boats is,
“We hope you will all enjoy your stay. Happy Boating!”