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Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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Find a place to fish
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
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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.
We are holding back the waters and opening the gates. Our construction and heritage teams are on site to welcome you. Step down into the rarely seen and exposed Lock chamber at Johnsons Hillock on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. You can find more about our winter open day here!
In response to feedback from residents, Canal & River Trust has recently instructed a parking management company to manage parking on all Trust property at Liverpool South Docks. SiP Parking Management Service will enforce all parking on Canal & River Trust property for the foreseeable future. Please follow this link to find out more information about this.
Towpath mowing is one of many aspects of waterway management where the Canal & River Trust endeavours to balance various, and sometimes conflicting, requirements for safety, conservation of the natural and built environment, and recreational activity, in a cost-effective manner. The way in which mowing is managed depends on the waterway character and the type of towpath, its location, its surface, its width, the type of edging and level of use. There are also statutory influences upon how towpaths are managed stemming from safety, wildlife and other legislation.
Ultimately, the decision on how a towpath is managed is a local one, based on a knowledge of the towpath type and use, safety issues and any areas of biodiversity value.
In the following locations, we plan to alter the current mowing regime to a more relaxed one to benefit wildlife in general and provide nectar sources in line with the government’s National Pollinator Strategy (which aims to help a variety of pollinating insects thrive and survive). This will involve leaving a narrow fringe of bankside and hedge-side vegetation uncut during the growing season, followed by a full width ‘edge to hedge’ cut in autumn to prevent any woody growth from becoming established.
The mowing regime from bridge 163 to 164 in East Marton was relaxed in 2015 producing a spectacular display of diverse vegetation including orchids which benefits wildlife and is enjoyed by the general public (see photo).
Leeds & Liverpool Canal: from Daubers Bridge 147 to Langber Bridge 163 (Foulridge to East Marton)
Lancaster Canal: from Hammerton Hall Bridge 111 to Rakes Head Bridge 116 (north of Lancaster)
The current mowing regime around bridges, locks and moorings will be unaffected by the proposed changes.
If you have any feedback regarding the proposed changes please contact us at email@example.com
We're 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 8.00pm and 8.00am.
As a boater there are some simple steps you can take to help us conserve 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!
It has been agreed that our customers who need 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 firstname.lastname@example.org; or email@example.com to do this.
For more information about the Bridgewater Canal licences, please go to their website.
We've 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.
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!
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.
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:
Click here to view the latest information on Stainton Aqueduct.
Last date edited: 28 January 2018