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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  • The stretch between Lancaster and carnforth is a lovely underutilized place.There are great views of the lune from the aquaduct, Fabulous views of the bay,a lot of wildlife to be seen Plenty of places...  more »
  • Walked a few miles along here from Guy’s in Billsborrow at dusk. Lovely scenery, and a great place to watch the sun set (in the snow!)  more »
  • If you walk along the towpath at ny time of the year you'll wonderful views and interesting wildlife. If you're very lucky you'll see a kingfisher!. It's normally quiet and shaded - a great place to s...  more »
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