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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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Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
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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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
We've just started a seven-week project to improve a stretch of towpath on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in West Lancashire.
The improvement works, which will involve resurfacing just under a mile long section of towpath, will create a new pushchair and wheelchair friendly walkway between New Lane Swing Bridge (Bridge 31) and the long term moorings close to Burscough Wharf.
The Leeds & Liverpool Canal project has involved working in partnership with Lancashire County Council, Sefton District Council, West Lancashire Borough Council, and the Lancashire Environmental Fund. The improvement supports the VISIT Project, which aims to increase and develop sustainable transport in Southport and West Lancashire.
Stephen Higham, enterprise manager for the Canal & River Trust, said: “This stretch of towpath is extremely popular with walkers, cyclists and dog walkers but over the years it has suffered from wear and tear and now needs to be resurfaced. The new towpath will mean that visitors to the waterway can enjoy a traffic free route into Burscough village centre and have easy access to the waterways.”
Dominic Rigby, from Lancashire County Council, adds: “The canal in this area is popular for both residents and visitors alike, and is often used as an alternative route into town, but it can be quite muddy and wet in places. The improvement to the towpath will make a massive difference and hopefully encourage local people onto the towpath, whether by foot, bicycle, wheelchair or pram.”
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