News article created on 3 December 2020

Thousands of fish rehomed as we carry out £1 million repairs to Lancaster Canal

We have started work to repair Bolton-le-Sands Embankment on the Lancaster Canal.

Man holding fish Rehoming the Lancaster Canal fish

We are investing nearly £1 million refurbishing the 200-year old stretch of canal. 

What needs to be done?

In order to carry out the much-needed repairs a 2km section of the canal will be drained and a team of fisheries experts will brave the cold water. The fish, including roach, perch, eels, chub and bream, will be removed and safely rehomed in another stretch of the canal. The canal bed will then be relined with clay with a man-made liner on top, which is a modern take on the methods used to help keep the canal watertight when the canal was first built. The work is expected to be completed by March 2021.

The towpath will be closed between Bolton Church Bridge (Bridge 122) and Barkers Bridge (Bridge 127) for the duration of the works.  However, sections of the towpath might re-open as work progresses. Information will be updated on our website.

A valuable resource for the local community

David Hennessey, our project manager said: “The Lancaster Canal is a valuable resource for the local community who use it every day as an amazing place to go for a walk, cycle, or simply to get away from it all and get close to nature.

“By investing this money we’re not only protecting the historic fabric of the canal but ensuring that people can continue to spend time by the water, which we know from research is so important for people’s health and wellbeing.”

The Lancaster Canal

Known as the ‘black and white’ canal, the Lancaster Canal originally connected Kendal to Preston and was built to transport coal barges north from Lancashire's coalfields and limestone south from Cumbria.  It is one of the country’s few coastal canals. Built along the natural lie of the land it offers 41 miles of lock free cruising - the longest lock-free stretch in the country.