The Leeds and Liverpool Canal

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Photo Highlights of the canal

A virtual cruise along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

The history of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

The Leigh Branch

Liverpool and Stanley Dock Branch

Liverpool Canal Link - new section of website

Liverpool Canal Link - Virtual Journey

Liverpool Canal Link - photographs of official opening

The Springs Branch

Bingley 5-rise lock staircase

Foulridge Tunnel

Burnley Embankment

Wigan Pier

The Rufford Branch

Also on Pennine Waterways:

The Bradford Canal

North Yorkshire Waterways

The Bridgewater Canal

The Sankey or St Helens Canal

Waterways in Manchester and Salford

The Aire and Calder Navigation

The Rochdale Canal

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal

See the full list of canals covered by this site

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is the longest canal in Northern England at 127 miles long. It passes through 91 locks with a summit level of 487 feet.

At Leeds, it joins onto the Aire and Calder Navigation. The Rufford Branch links the canal with the Ribble estuary near Preston. This gives access to the Ribble Link and the Lancaster Canal.

The Leigh Branch runs from Wigan to connect with the Bridgewater Canal..

In Liverpool an extension has been constructed from the Stanley Dock Branch, by way of the Pier Head, to Albert Dock.
More about Liverpool Canal Link.
See photos of official opening.

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These related books are available from - follow links for details:

Liverpool and Its Canal 

by Mike Clarke
Revised version includes canal extension to Pier Head. Illustrated with photos and maps from 1802 onwards.

Pearson's Canal Companion: Pennine Waters 

by Michael Pearson
Rochdale, Leeds and Liverpool, Calder and Hebble and Huddersfield Broad canals. Colour photos and diagrams. 2010 edition.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

GeoProjects Map Double-sided map showing the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at a scale of 1:60,000 including illustrated guide to features of interest, facilities, boatyards, etc.

Inland Waterways Map of Leeds and Liverpool Canal (East) - Wigan to Leeds

from Belmont Press

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