Millennium Ribble Link Canal

Millenium Ribble Link

The Lancaster Canal was constructed in the early 19th century to link coal fields of Wigan to the limestone country close to Kendal. It was intended that it be connected to the rest of the UK’s inland waterway network but the original scheme was never completed and Lancaster Canal remained inaccessible from the rest of the canal network.

Two centuries later the dream of the Ribble Link Trust was realised with the opening of the Millennium Ribble Link. This 6km linear water park, which connects the Lancaster Canal to the Inland Waterway network via Tarleton Lock, comprises 4 miles of new navigation, 9 locks, new footpaths and cycleways, environmental initiatives and an arts trail.

The Millennium Ribble Link is the first new English Canal to be built for more than a century and has already increased leisure and tourism opportunities and greatly enhanced the local area. It is quickly becoming a familiar sight to see narrow boats ‘in procession’ on the River Douglas, setting out for the Lancaster canal or Riversway at Preston or returning to the Rufford Branch of the Leeds Liverpool canal. The dramatic increase in traffic is also breathing new life into the Rufford Branch of the Leeds Liverpool canal with the two new Marinas.

  • For more details and to book a passage, call British Waterways on 01942 405700 or email enquiries [dot] northwest [at] britishwaterways [dot] co [dot] uk

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