Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Description
Enjoy waterside cycling and walking along Britain's longest single canal. It runs for 126 miles across the Pennines, passing many villages, towns and cities with a fascinating heritage and industrial history. There are also umpteen pretty locks, viaducts and some wonderful countryside to enjoy.
Walkers can enjoy the whole route from Leeds to Liverpool, while there are several sections for cyclists too. If you are on a bike then you can follow Sustrans National Cycle Route 66 from the start at Leeds to just outside Silsden. There's another Sustrans section around Barnoldswick and from Nelson to Burnley in Lancashire. The section from Chorley to Adlington is also open to cyclists.
Highlights on the route include the impressive 5 rise locks at Bingley, Wigan Pier and the lovely Foulridge Reservoir in Colne. Near Burscough you'll pass the wonderful Martin Mere Nature Reserve where you can look out for otters, flamingos, beavers and thousands of water loving birds. You can also link up with the Rufford Branch of the canal and head to Rufford Hall.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map

Leeds and Liverpool Canal Aerial Photo View Map

   
Distance126 miles (203 km)
Difficulty*
Joining RoutesMartin Mere
Memory Map RouteLeeds and Liverpool Canal.mmo (right click - 'Save As')

GPX File

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Route Photos
5 Rise Locks - Bingley
Narrowboat Passing Under Bridge No 24 On The Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Near Silsden, Yorkshire
At Feniscowles, near Blackburn
Huncoat
Aintree
Dowley Gap Locks,West Yorkshire
Viaduct Taking The Liverpool & Southport / Ormskirk / Kirkby Railway Over The Leeds & Liverpool Canal

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