Lancaster Canal, Lancaster
Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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.It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Lancaster Canal and many more Lancaster attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Lancaster itinerary builder.
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Just minutes away from the hustle of Lancaster town centre is this charming and pleasant walk, good pathways with plenty of access along the way if you want to leave the canal.
If you have an afternoon spare then the Lancaster Canal offers several very nice traffic free walks, or cycle rides.
We rented a canal boat on the Lancaster canal, mainly because there are no locks and we are new to this. It was perfect for us. The boat we hired was everything it said it was .It had a fitted bed at ... read more »
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