Burnley Trail

Built during the golden age of canal construction, the Leeds & Liverpool Canal was to be the longest in Britain. As it weaved its way north it diverted towards Burnley to connect with the expanding coalmines in the town and influenced an industrial boom.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal passing old warehouses, with moored boats and people on towpath in Burnley Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Burnley

Our trail follows a 5 – 6km section of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. There are 10 stop points, each marked with a QR code.

You need a free QR reader app (or an NFC-enabled phone) to find out what the code contains. Search for ‘QR reader’ on your smartphone AppStore/Market, or go to www.i-nigma.com.

At each stop, scan the QR code to find out fascinating facts about the canal’s history and its wildlife.

Fun for children

If you’re walking the trail with children, download the free activity sheet.

It is full of extra interesting information and fun activities about the canal and how people used it.

Water warning

Canals are fun places, but they can also be dangerous. Remember:

  • Stay      SAFEStay Away From the Edge
  • Never      swim in canals – swimming pools are much nicer!
  • Keep      off the ice as you might fall through

Access for all

The canal towpath is accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs although some areas of the towpath are narrow so do take care. The best access point for wheelchairs and pushchairs is at Sandygate where there is a gentle slope onto the towpath.

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Last date edited: 21 July 2015