Leeds & Liverpool Canal: Celebrating 200 years

Built in 1816, this single man-made waterway has made its mark in our canal history, and this year we held a number of events to celebrate its significant birthday.

2016 was 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 were led by the us, the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society, the Inland Waterways Association and the 12 boroughs through which it travels. This culminated 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.

Heritage boat Kennet travelled the 127 mile journey along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal over nine days visiting a number of destinations, finally arriving at Liverpool’s Eldonian Village to celebrate the canal’s 200 birthday. Crowds of well-wishers and and the Liverpool Clan Wallace Pipe band gathered at the Eldonian Village to welcome them at the end of their voyage.  

 You can view more pictures from the voyage and its arrival in Liverpool here Leeds & Liverpool Canal 200 anniversary pictures

Art installation marks 200 anniversary 

Three vibrant art panels have been installed on a public wall at Leeds’ Granary Wharf as a lasting commemoration of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal 200 birthday. To find our more visit Leeds & Liverpool Canal art installation 

Leeds & Liverpool Bicentenary awards 

A towpath taskforce from Sefton, a Bingley youth charity and the Kennet heritage education boat are among eight groups and individuals presented with special awards by the Trust to mark the bicentenary of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. To find out more visit Leeds & Liverpool Canal Bicentenary awards


Last date edited: 23 January 2017