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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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  • I have walked the entire canal, including the Glasson Arm. It is generally very pleasant walking, particularly the Glasson Arm which can be made into a circular walk incorporating the Lune Estuary at ...  more »
  • Have just completed a walk along the entire length of the Lancaster Canal - 57 miles from Preston to Kendal. Done over 5 non-consecutive days. 1st leg - Preston to Garstang (17 miles), 2nd leg Garstan...  more »
  • 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.