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Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
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Something for everyone
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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
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
Why we think canals are better with Friends
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Known as the straight mile, although it is just short of a mile, the Burnley Embankment or Burnley ‘Val’ is a stark contrast to the winding natural contours of the rest of the canal.
The embankment was costly and difficult to build, so why did they? It was built across the Calder Valley to avoid the need for a series of locks, which would only slow boats down and thus industrial production. This innovative embankment above the rooftops was constructed as a result.
To the untrained eye the Burnley Embankment appears at first glance to be very unremarkable. Despite this it is one of the seven wonders of the waterways. Why?
Listen to Jim and Alan explain
As you look across Burnley from the embankment you can see the neat and narrow rows of through terraced houses. Built in the second half of the nineteenth century, the dingy and narrow houses were often damp with no sanitation or access to clean water. Despite this, they marked a more organised approach to house building in Burnley.
Before then, many families crammed into squalid back-to-back houses and cellars, haphazardly constructed to meet the demands of a population explosion. Workers lived in unbearable, insanitary conditions facing extreme poverty and disease.
The canal is teeming with fish including bream, pike, eel, perch and roach. Roach is the most abundant and if you look carefully you may see a flash of silver in the water as one swims past. Roach feeds on insects, insect larvae, snails and soft weed.
Last date edited: 21 July 2015