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Foss Basin

Foss Basin (also known as Castle Mills Lock Basin) lies on the River Foss between the Foss Barrier and Castle Mills Lock (York).

It was constructed during the latter part of the 18th century as part of the Foss Navigation project, which saw the canalisation of the River Foss from its confluence with the River Ouse to a rural wharf and terminal basin near Sheriff Hutton Bridge (approximately 8½ miles north-northeast of York as the crow flies).

Foss Basin was once a busy commercial quayside / dock area, but it is now used primarily for long-term residential mooring.

Foss Basin and Castle Mills Lock can be viewed from:

  • the footpath / towpath that runs along the eastern side of the basin (Image 1 was taken from this viewpoint); and from
  • the south side of Tower Street (Image 2 was taken from this viewpoint).

The towpath links Tower Street (at Castle Mills Bridge) with New Walk (the riverside path) near the Foss Barrier and the Blue Bridge.

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Foss Basin (aka Castle Mills Lock Basin)
Tower Street

Latitude: 53.953672000000
Longitude: -1.078398000000

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Boat users are advised that:

  • There are no short-term moorings in this location except for vessels using Castle Mills Lock (access to which requires pre-booking - see 'External Links' below).
  • Long-term mooring requires planning permission from the City of York Council (see 'External Links' below).