Crossing the Lune Aqueduct, Lancaster
including here is the Lancaster Canal, a 42 mile (67km) lock-free
stretch of waterway running from the outskirts of Preston through
Garstang, Lancaster and Carnforth before terminating at Tewitfield
where the M6 Motorway has severed the Northern Reaches of the canal
from the current navigable section
the rest of the canal system for almost two centuries after it's
construction save for a link to the Lune estuary at Glasson, the
Lancaster Canal was linked to the River Ribble in Preston via the
Ribble Link from where it is possible to access the canal system
through the River Douglas and the Rufford Branch of the Leeds &
The Lancaster Canal is one of Britain's most scenic
waterways and offers splendid views of the Bowland Fells as well as the
Fylde and the Lancashire countryside.
Lock free except for the Glasson Branch and the Ribble Link the canal is popular with boaters of all abilities.
from Preston the canal winds through the Fylde, a coastal plain before
arriving at Guy's Thatched Hamlet, where several restaurants and bars
offer refreshment to the traveller. After Guy's, the canal
arrives in Garstang on the western edge of the Forest of Bowland.
highlight of the Lancaster Canal is the Lune Aqueduct in Lancaster
after which is Carnforth, the last town on the canal after which are
the locks at Tewitfield, now closed with the motorway being built
across the canal. There is a campaign to reopen the northern part
of the canal to Kendal on the edge of the Lake District.