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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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  • This review is for the sections between Galgate (south of Lancaster) to Lancaster city centre. This section divides into two distinct parts at the south side of Lancaster from where the towpath has be...  more »
  • Walking along Lancaster canal is one of the prettiest walks. The tow paths are relatively even in winter can be muddy but usually litter free. Everyone walking along the canal are very friendly and of...  more »
  • living near Lancaster canal its ideal for walkng my two dogs, lots of different ways to walk, nice scenery, a lovely walk to and from Lancaster city town