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Leeds & Liverpool Canal: Celebrating 200 years

Built in 1816, this single man-made waterway has made its mark in our canal history, and we want you to join in to find out more about its heritage and to celebrate its significant birthday.

2016 is a very exciting year for the Leeds & Liverpool canal with events and festivals throughout the twelve months celebrating its 200 year milestone.

A heritage mile marker project, a new choral symphony, the pioneering Desmond Family Coast to Coast Canoe Trail, the Super Slow Way arts project and dozens of festivals and events will mark the bicentenary year along the canal’s 127 mile route.


Trans-Pennine journey

Celebrations will be led by the Canal & River Trust, the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society, the Inland Waterways Association and the 12 boroughs through which it travels. These will culminate in October 2016, with the awarding-winning, heritage education boat, Kennet, run by the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society, re-creating the first complete trans-Pennine journey along the canal by the merchants of Yorkshire and Lancashire 200 years ago.

Get involved

Share your thoughts and photos on our social media pages.

www.facebook.com/LLcanal200 and Twitter #LL200.

Bicentenary events

Last date edited: 19 October 2016