Lancaster Canal

Cumbria, Lancashire, England

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About Lancaster Canal

The Lancaster Canal was originally built from old Ashton Basin in Preston to Canal Head in Kendal across a distance of 91.8 km (57 mi) with eight locks.

The northern section from Tewitfield to Kendal (23.4 km / 14.6 mi) is now derelict, having been severed by road building, although restoration is proposed. There is a short section in Preston which is also derelict.

It was connected to the national waterway network in 2002 by the Ribble Link. One of the few canals in Britain to run alongside the coast, there are 66 km (41 mi) of cruising over fairly level ground with no locks to break up the journey. This also makes for gentle and scenic walking and cycling along the towpath for visitors. Canoeing and fishing are also popular.

One of many notable features in terms of canal architecture en route is the Lune Aqueduct, which has recently been restored. A Grade I listed building, this navigable aqueduct carries the canal over the River Lune in Lancaster.

Cumbria, Lancashire, England
Latitude: 53.766735, Longitude: -2.721616

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