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Leeds & Liverpool Canal routes - short breaks

Below we show some examples of routes which our customers enjoy. Distances and times shown are for the return trip. You can vary the distance to suit you, because there are plenty of turning points ('winding holes') marked in the guides on your boat. Information we provide about specific waterways or suggested routes is for general reference only. Please see more about route availability.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal Routes - short breaks from Barnoldswick

Leeds & Liverpool Canal - Gargrave

Three or four night holidays

Summit Relaxation 20 miles 6 locks 8 hours

One Way Map

The ultimate in slowing down: take this route if you just want to switch off. Set off through Barnoldswick, a Yorkshire town summarily transferred (stone by stone?) to Lancashire in 1974, then we'll escort you through the three locks at Greenberfield. Stop at the Cross Keys at East Marton and enjoy a good meal in lively company. Next day, set off into one of the remotest and most beautiful places anywhere on the canals, with sheep and birds in all directions. Turn before Bank Newton, and go back past the boatyard to Foulridge. Travel through the mysterious tunnel and turn before the top of Barrowford, before making your way back. Don't miss the Abbot's Harbour at East Marton, the Anchor at Salterforth or Café Cargo at Foulridge.

Gargrave 16 miles 24 locks 12 hours

This route winds along the contours on the side of Airedale, with extensive views of sheep country, and stone growing out of the landscape - farmhouses, barns, stone walls in all directions and the occasional village or small town. At Greenberfield, you leave the summit level, and paradoxically pass into the wildest scenery, where you could moor for days with no human contact but the occasional passing boat, walker or cyclist. Across the valley, you may see a boat behind a stone wall, apparently heading in the same direction as you on a parallel canal - only to find that you meet on a hairpin bend, and pass. Then the Bank Newton flight leads you round and down into Gargrave, an unspoilt canal village with shops and a great choice of places to eat and drink - our favourite is the Masons Arms. Turn and moor above Higherland Lock before heading back.

Skipton 26 miles 30 locks 20 hours

Go down to the bottom of the Gargrave flight ( see above). From here it's level all the way to Skipton, with views of the hills and lots of swing bridges. Quite suddenly, you are in Skipton, and can moor right in the centre of town. Explore the castle, cattle and street markets and shops, before turning to head back.

Greenberfield Locks, Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Greenberfield Locks

Greenberfield, Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Below Greenberfield

East Marton, Leeds & Liverpool Canal

East Marton

East Marton, Leeds & Liverpool Canal

East Marton

Gargrave, Leeds & Liverpool Canal


Gargrave, Leeds & Liverpool Canal


Thorlby, Leeds & Liverpool Canal


Skipton, Leeds & Liverpool Canal


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Trip Reviews

"Delightful scenery, peaceful. Other boaters & walkers very helpful & friendly. Gargrave village charming & good place to restock provisions." - Mr Rushworth, Warwick

"Everyone on the waterways was very friendly! and helpful. Beautiful scenery. Woolly Sheep Inn in Skipton was excellent. " - Ms Galton, Leicester

"Thanks for a great break. We had a terrific time and met some great people on the way. The staff at Barnoldswick were efficient, friendly and very professional. Special thanks to Sam for the help and advice given to my wife who is a non-swimmer and first time boater. Our trip East out of Barnoldswick was everything we could have asked for. We paired up with two different boats for most our lock transits on outr trip and on the final morning after an early start my wife worked the locks at Greenberfield single handedly thanks to the initial instructions from Sam and the help of the other boaters on our previous two days. We are bitten by the bug and will definitely be back again. " - Mr & Mrs Crook, Warwick

"Everyone friendly. The pub at East Marton (Cross Keys) was very friendly. Took the dessert home! The lock keeper at Greenberfield Locks was amazing." - Mr McCarthy, Somerset

"Very relaxing." - Mr & Mrs Nuttall, Dorset

"Fun active holiday with beautiful scenery en route. Fellow travellers helpful. Masons Arms substantial, good reasonably priced food." - Mrs Gregory, Somerset

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