7 canalside walks in Lancashire
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Celebrate the historic waterways of Lancashire with one of these canalside walks that allow you to enjoy the countryside and witness echoes the the county’s industrial past.
Burscough’s canal boom-time came about a century after the link with Liverpool was established. The Rufford Branch is a seven mile spur now used as part of the Ribble Link, connecting the Leeds-Liverpool Canal with the Lancaster Canal via Savick Brook and the River Ribble.
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Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve
We start out from Mere Sands Wood and along the towpath of the Rufford Branch of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, you pass the Town Meadow Swing Bridge, onto Rufford Old Hall and
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Setting off from Foulridge Wharf, you follow the Leeds-Liverpool Canal north and end the return leg at Foulridge Lower Reservoir, also known as Lake Burwain.
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Barton in between Garstang and Preston and this walk runs alongside the Lancaster Canal from the Village Hall to Moons Marina and back north to the village.
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Worthington Lakes and Standish
Worthington Lakes consist of three reservoirs linked together, originally created by damming the River Douglas to provide drinking water for Wigan. This walk briefly joins the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.
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Barnoldswick and Castleber Hill
This walk starts out at the Greenberfield Lock on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and crosses back and forth over the county borders of Lancashire and Yorkshire.
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Riley Green and Hoghton Tower
Although this walk from Riley Green is mainly tied to the River Darwen, it briefly joins a section of the Leeds-Liverpool canal before taking in the sights of Hoghton.
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All the routes were correct at the time of publication, over time access to certain parts of the walk may be subject to change. We advise you acquire a recent OS map of the area you plan to visit and assure there are no major changes.