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The thousands of boaters visiting the idyllic Lancaster Canal each year are set to benefit from improved facilities, as the Trust has completed work to rebuild the moorings at Hest Bank, which provides beautiful views over Morecambe Bay.
The Trust has also made changes to visitor mooring times, allowing a greater number of boats to visit the most popular parts of the canal providing a mix of 48 hour and seven day moorings in the main boating season and 14 day moorings for the rest of the year. Other improvements to moorings at other locations are being planned for the future.
The project has been shaped by The Lancaster Canal Focus Group which is responsible for coordinating the views of local boat owners who were keen to enjoy easier access to the most popular mooring destinations.
Boater and chair of the Lancaster Canal Focus Group, Mike Macklin, said: "We are making tremendous progress towards our goal to make the canal the best boater destination in the country.
"The previous moorings at Hest Bank had become dilapidated and restricted the number of moorings available. We think that boaters and visitors alike will be delighted with this work and we are very proud of the improvements being made to our canal by the Canal & River Trust."
Trust waterway manager Chantelle Seaborn said: "I’m delighted this project will allow more boaters to enjoy the most popular mooring spots. It is great to work with Mike and the focus group to really understand what the boaters need on this beautiful canal and we’re really pleased with the progress we’re making together to make the Lancaster Canal better than ever. This will bring a welcome boost for local tourism and for the waterway."
During the winter, the Trust has worked to clear obstructions from the water, dealt with overgrown vegetation and has treated areas of encroaching weeds. Spot dredging will also be carried out during 2016 to the southern end of the canal to make it easier to navigate.
Lock gates replaced on Berkhamsted Canal
20 February 2018
Pocklington Canal needs you
19 February 2018
North Wales and Borders canals are popular hot spots with boaters
16 February 2018
Plans submitted to transform Finsley Gate into leisure destination and community space
15 February 2018