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Lancaster Canal, Lancaster

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The Lancaster Canal is a canal in North West 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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  • We have a caravan near Capernwray, and we get on the canal and regularly walk to Carnforth and back, for lunch. This section is good underfoot, the flora and fauna are stunning, and even after heavy r...  more »
  • Have enjoyed walking different stretches of the Lancaster Canal on many occasions over the years. With so many nice places to visit along the way. My favourite stretch is between Carnforth and Hest Ba...  more »
  • Tranquil, it's the only word to describe Lancaster canal. I ran the half marathon last November, and wanted to see a bit more of it so walked a few miles of its length.  more »

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