Leeds & Liverpool Canal Routes - going west from Barnoldswick
Seven or fourteen night holidays
Rishton 53 miles 14 locks 20 hours
Sail along the summit, plunge into Foulridge Tunnel, and then drop down Barrowford Locks onto the level you will stay with for 20 miles. Sail above Burnley�s rooftops on its embankment, one of the Seven Wonders of the waterways. Stop to visit the Weavers� Triangle, full of textile history. Regain more open scenery, and carry on through Church and Rishton. Turn after Bridge 106A. This trip has fairly long urban stretches as well as views of the (Lancashire) Calder valley and Pendle Hill, but is full of industrial history and other interest.
Wigan 96 miles 40 locks 40 hours
A journey entirely in Lancashire, this is ambitious but rewarding for experienced boaters. After Rishton (Route 22), carry on through Blackburn. At the bottom of Johnson�s Hillock flight you pass a never-completed link to the Lancaster Canal. Carry on along the contour above the River Douglas, till you arrive at the top of Wigan. Take a bus into this interesting town with excellent shops and covered market, but the passage down the flight is for another time....