Lancaster Canal

One of the most scenic canals now joined to the network via the Ribble Link, this gentle waterway offers wonderful views of the Silverdale coast, Forest of Bowland and rolling countryside of Wyre.

Built to carry trade between Kendal and Preston, Lancaster Canal is now a haven for wildlife. The towpath stretches over 27 miles and is ideal for peaceful countryside walks. It is unique being a contour canal (built along the natural lie of the land), over 41 miles without locks. This is the longest stretch in the country, and in fact the only locks on the main length are derelict!

Enjoy a trip between Carnforth and Lancaster by canal, with connecting bus and train services or a short trip from Lancaster to the Aqueduct and back.

2019 marks the 200th anniversary since the completion of Lancaster Canal in 1819. Join in the celebration with lots of special events taking place to mark the occasion. For information take a look at the Canal River Trust website.  

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