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Lancaster Canal, Lancaster

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The Lancaster Canal is a canal in the north of England, originally planned to run from Westhoughton in Lancashire to Kendal in south Cumbria (then in Westmorland). The section around the crossing of the River Ribble was never completed, and much of the southern end leased to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, of which it is now generally considered part.Of the canal north of Preston, only the section from Preston to Tewitfield near Carnforth in Lancashire is currently open to navigation for 42mi, with the canal north of Tewitfield having been severed in three places by the construction of the M6 motorway, and by the A590 road near Kendal. The southern part, from Johnson's Hillock to Wigan Top Lock, remains navigable as part of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The planned continuation to Westhoughton was never built.HistoryThe line of the canal was first surveyed by Robert Whitworth in 1772. In 1791, John Longbotham, Robert Dickinson and Richard Beck resurveyed the proposed line, and a final survey was carried out later the same year by John Rennie.
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  • Lovely canal with great walks and routes. The canal boats are gorgeous to look at as is the wildlife. Ducks are regular visitors so fab for young children. The pub is lovely to sit outside and enjoy a...  more »
  • Wonderful start to our UK holiday beginning with a beautifully-equipped boat from Pintail Boats. We rented "Broad Oak" for 4 nights, big enough for 2 Canadian couples off on an adventure. After instru...  more »
  • We visited Bridge House Marina caravan site with our touring caravan for a weekend. Wow! What a site with excellent facilities and right on the Lancaster Canal. Garstang is a 15 min walk away along th...  more »

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