Operation of Castle Mills Lock, River Foss, York


Do you want to cruise the River Foss?
(In fact, did you even know that York has another river besides the Ouse?)

Castle Mills Lock on the River Foss in York is operated on request by members of IWA North Riding Branch, as a free service to all boaters. This has been agreed with the navigation authority, York City Council.

All passages are subject to water levels in the River Foss.

All restrictions now lifted, passage available from 17/9/18

Book Passage

To book a passage through Castle Mills Lock, at least two days' notice is needed.

Telephone: 07588-236597, and leave a mobile number with brief details, especially the date you want to use the lock. Use the same number for any other branch query, or email: castle.mills@waterways.org.uk

There is no overnight mooring available on the River Foss, so it is necessary to book both passages. It is, however, an attractive mile-and-a-half of secluded and interesting waterway for a return trip within the day. Larger boats are advised to turn at Wormalds Cut; a 40’ narrowboat can turn further upstream; or two narrowboats breasted nose-to-tail can use one to drive up and the other to drive back.

Here are some pictures of an evening trip on the River Foss aboard Syntan from the The Beverley Barge Preservation Society