We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

What's going on in the North West?

There is always something interesting going on in the North West. You can find up to date information about what’s happening on the Leeds & Liverpool and Lancaster Canals as well as Liverpool Docks, Liverpool Canal Link and Ribble Link right here.

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North West Summer Road Show 2017

From 21 to 31 July 2017 the North West team is running it’s Summer Road Show events.  Please follow this link to learn more!

Help us save water

The Canal & River Trust is reminding boaters on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal to help conserve water.

We’re doing this because rainfall has been lower than usual this year and our reservoir holdings on the canal are less than we would like to see. 

Our water team has been monitoring the situation closely and feels that now is the time to remind boaters to conserve water to help us ensure we have enough to supply the Leeds & Liverpool Canal throughout the main boating season. The recent rainfall has helped top the reservoirs up a little but not to normal levels.

We are continuing our works on leakage reduction and repairs to lock paddles and gates as part of our ongoing maintenance programme of the 200 year-old canal system.  Also, on the Wigan Flight, to prevent unnecessary loss of water through vandalism we’re locking the flight between 8pm and 8am.

As a boater there are some simple steps you can take to help us conserve water: 

  • Two in a lock? - share locks where possible
  • Help keep it in – make sure gates and paddles are shut
  • If you see inexperienced boaters who need help closing paddles or gates please provide assistance or let our lock keepers know
  • If you see any leaks – please tell us about them
  • Invite oncoming boats through – don’t empty or fill locks if someone else can make use of the water

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and keep you updated. With these simple actions our water reserves will last longer. Our reservoirs can refill quickly if we get a good downpour but every little helps!

Bridgewater Canal - access to Festivals

It has been agreed that Canal & River Trust customers requiring access across the Bridgewater Canal to attend festivals will not be charged for a return passage falling within 28 days of the outbound journey. If you plan to attend an event and make both passages across the Bridgewater Canal within 28 days, please provide your boat name, index number, proposed dates of passage and which festival/s you will be attending and we will pass the details over to the Bridgewater Canal Company accordingly.  Please contact us at enquiries.manchesterpennine@canalrivertrust.org.uk; or enquiries.northwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk to do this.

For more information about the Bridgewater Canal licences, please go to their website.

Improving Gateway to Historic Glasson Branch

The Canal & River Trust, which looks after the Lancaster Canal, has worked in partnership with Thurnham Parish Council to completed a £25,000 project that has transformed the gateway into Lancaster’s 230-year old Glasson Dock. Find out more by clicking here. 

Leeds & Liverpool Canal East – Summer opening times

Please follow this link to view the summer opening times for Bingley Three & Five Rises and Kirkstall to Newlay Locks

Changes to waste facilities at Kepple Lane (bridge 62) on the Lancaster Canal

Concerns have been raised by local towpath users about the bins at Kepple Lane on the Lancaster Canal. To alleviate problems with rubbish, rats and escalating servicing costs, we have removed the dustbins from Kepple Lane and will be replacing this facility with a multi-purpose bin at the entrance to the canal at bridge 62.

We would ask that bulk items, such as waste in bin bags be disposed of at the nearest boater facility, you can also find these waste facilities at Moss Lane (bridge 63). The changes will result in a saving of approximately £8,000 a year! 

New online booking systems

As of Monday 14 November 2016, the Liverpool Canal Link, Ribble Link and Wigan Dry Dock will be bookable online. To make a booking, please log in to the online licensing section and click on the bookings section.

Please contact us if you need any help.

Vegetation works – have your say!

As we plan our vegetation works for the next financial year, we want to know what you think. Please let us know about the vegetation that is impacting on your customer experience. You can do this by passing your feedback by email with the subject line ‘veg feedback’. We want to know the following information:

  • type of vegetation causing the problem for example, reeds encroaching channel, offside overhanging branches, overgrown hedges along the towpath, trees growing out of wash-walls etc
  • specific location
  • approximate length / area affected
  • a photo would be great if you can get one

Stainton Aqueduct update

Click here to view the latest information on Stainton Aqueduct.

Last date edited: 17 July 2017