At 204 km (127 mi) long, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal is the longest canal in Britain built as a single waterway. It runs from the Aire and Calder Navigation in Leeds to the river Mersey in Liverpool.
There are 91 locks along its length and five branches, including the recent construction of the Liverpool Link, which takes the canal into the Liverpool docks system.
Originally built to improve links between Bradford’s collieries and Liverpool’s shipping and manufacturing trades, the canal was a huge success and stayed open for commercial use until as late as 1982. Now the waterway is much used by pleasure boaters and the towpath is walkable across the entire length.
As well as many urban areas and reminders of the canal’s industrial heritage, there are plenty of short, medium and long distance rural rambles for keen walkers too.