GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Barnoldswick Canal Walk

7 miles (12 km)

Enjoy an easy waterside walk along the towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal on this route in Lancashire and Yorkshire. The route runs from the village of Barnoldswick to Gargrave along a pretty section of the canal, with nice open views of the surrounding countryside most of the way. It's just over 7 miles so will probably take around 2-3 hours.
The walk starts on Skipton Road which crosses the canal, just to the east of the town centre. From here you can access the canal towpath on some steps. Follow it north towards the pretty Greenber Field Locks and Greenber Field Bridge.
You continue towards East Marton, crossing the Lancashire/Yorkshire border as you go. The final section takes you through Bank Newton, before finishing in Gargrave.
The walk can be extended on the Skipton Canal Walk which will take you to the popular town of Skipton from Gargrave. Here you can try our Gargrave Circular Walk and explore the area around the village.
If you head south along the canal you can visit Foulridge Reservoir where there's a nice trail running around the perimeter of the water.
The reservoir is located just a few miles to the south near Colne.

Barnoldswick Canal Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Barnoldswick Canal Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


This old mill town has some classic pubs for refreshments after your walk. The Barlick Tap is a fine micro pub serving an excellent range of Belgian beers and real ales. You can find the pub at 6 Newtown with a postcode of BB18 5UQ for your sat navs. The pub is also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

If you fancy a climb from the town then Weets Hill is located just a couple of miles to the south west. From the summit there are fine views fine views over the town, east Lancashire, the northRibble Valley, northAire Valleyand theYorkshire Dales.
Just to the east are the villages of Thornton-in-Craven and Elslack where you can enjoy a peaceful walk around ElslackReservoir. There's also a fine 17th century pub in Elslackvillage which is well worth a visit.
Just to the east is neighbouring Earby where you can visit the delightful Earby Waterfalls on the Wencliffe Brook.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Forest of Bowland Walks page.


The Leeds and Liverpool Canal near Barnoldswick - - 532412


Greenberfield Top Lock No 44, Leeds and Liverpool Canal - - 484014

Greenber Field Top Lock

Canal between Barnoldswick and Marton - - 211095

Canal between Barnoldswick and Marton

Moorings at East Marton - - 1377475

Moorings at East Marton

Leeds-Liverpool Canal at Newton Grange - - 520076

Newton Grange

Jerusalem in Bank Newton Locks - - 852875

Jerusalem Barge in Bank Newton Locks

Leeds-Liverpool Canal at Gargrave - - 520131

Lock approaching Gargrave

Leeds-Liverpool canal at Gargrave - - 520052

Bridge in Gargrave

GPS Files

GPX File

Barnoldswick Canal Walk.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Barnoldswick Canal Walk.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)