Local Area


The Longlands Hotel,
Tewitfield,Carnforth,, LA6 1JH
Tel: 01524 781256

Canal Turn
Lancaster Road, Carnforth
Tel: 01524 734750

The Royal Hotel
Main Street, Bolton-le-Sands
Tel: 01524 732057

Hest Bank
Hest Bank Lane, Hest Bank,
Lancaster LA2 6DN
Tel: 01524 824339

White Cross
Quarry Road, Lancaster LA1 4XT
Tel: 01524 33999

The Water Witch
The Tow Path, Lancaster LA1 1SU
Tel: 01524 63828

Plough Inn
Country Pub & Dining Room
Main Rd, Galgate LA2 0LQ
Tel: 01524 751337

Canalside Craft Centre
Galgate, Lancaster LA2 0LQ
Tel: 01524 752223

The Mill Inn
Conder Green, Lancaster LA2 0BD
Tel: 01524 752852

Th’Owd Tithe Barn
The Wharf, Church Street, Garstang
Tel: 01995 604486

Riverside Café & Willows Restaurant
Garstang Road, Brock PR3 0BT
Tel: 01995 642900

White Bull
Garstang Road Bilsburrow
Preston PR3 0RE

Owd Nell’s
Canal Side, St Michaels Road, Bilsborrow Tel: 01995 640010

Hand and Dagger
Treales Road, Salwick, Preston PR4 0SA
Tel: 01772 690306

Lancaster Canal
The Lancaster Canal is arguably one of the most scenic canals in the country. Built on the natural lie of the land it offers 41 miles of lock free cruising with spectacular views of Morecambe Bay & The Lake District mountains at the northern end & the Forest of Bowland, foot hills of the Penines & Wyre Countryside from the southern end. It is one of the longest lock free stretches in the UK's inland waterway system and a marvel of contour canal engineering. Originally opened in 1797 the canal was created to transport produce and materials to local industries.Today the canal is a popular tourist destination & often referred to as the social canal by boat enthusiasts for its friendliness. It also features some impressive architecture. The Lune Aqueduct,one of the' wonders of the waterways' carries the canal 664 feet across the River Lune at a height of 61 feet (53 feet above the normal water line of the river lune) . The structure consists of 5 semi circular arches each spanning 75 feet and  the supporting piers rest on piles of specially imported Russian timbers driven deep into the river bed.The trough carrying the 20 foot wide canal over the aqueduct was originally made of stone. Its curving sidewalls were 18 inches thick and the bottom was 1 foot deep with 3 feet of puddled clay to make it water tight.Today the trough is made of concrete but old drawings show it was originally made of stone. The aqueduct took 3 years to build and was completed in 1797 at a cost of £48,321 exceeding the originall estimate by over £18,000, this meant the corresponding aqueduct planned for the Ribble Link was never built.

A typical Lancashire market town with great views over Morecambe Bay.It grew from a small village with the coming of the canal and then the railway.The station visitor centre where the film Brief encounter was filmed has a cafe and small railway museum. Carnforth has excellent amenities.

Bolton Le Sands
An attractive  village which takes pride in it's canal, with many gardens landscaped down to the water. The village has good amenities and close proximity to the shore

Hest Bank
Once busy with canal boats and inland vessels this is now a suburb of Lancaster and Morecambe. It is the nearest the canal comes to the sea, which is only a few hundred yards away at high water.

The canal runs through the heart of Lancaster, just five minutes from the pedestrianised shopping centre. Originally a Roman settlement, Lancaster is a pleasant sightseeing or shopping stop with plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes. There are lots of interesting attractions including Lancaster Castle, Lancaster City Museum and Lancaster Maritime Museum. For more information on these and other attractions in Lancaster please click on the links below
www.lancaster.gov.uk, www.waterscape.com/lancaster,

A village dominated by the railway which passes through on a tall viaduct. The mill on the east of the village was the oldest silk mill in England and has now been converted to industrial units. The village has a grocery shop, post office, 3 pubs and a canal side cafe and craft shop. Galgate is the starting point of the Glasson Arm and flight of locks. Although not navigable to Duck Island Boat Company, it is a very pleasant walk down to Glasson and a superb location for wild life

Glasson Dock
When the Glasson Branch was opened in 1826 it gave the Lancaster Canal access to the sea. However, when Preston Dock opened, Glasson changed from a thriving port to the quiet village it is today. The village has two pubs and a cafe. The Lancaster Smokehouse on West Quay is  worth a visit. We do not allow navigation of the Glasson arm.

A charming market town, one of the most important in Lancashire and mentioned in the Domesday book. The interesting Town Hall was rebuilt in 1939 to replace the original 1680 building, constructed when King Charles II conferred status on the town. In 2000 Garstang became the worlds first Fairtrade Town and has a good selection of shops. The famous weekly market held every Thursday dates back to 1310. Th’Owd Tithe Barn, built around 1720, is a good place for a drink over looking the canal.

Barton Grange Garden Centre. This award-winning centre opened in March 2008 and is the perfect venue for a day out, with all-weather shopping, Riverside Café, Willows Restaurant and a superb farm shop. www.bartongrange.co.uk

A famously picturesque village in an attractive canalside location. There are thatched cottages, craft shops and the renowned Owd Nell’s pub. Ducks flock for the duck food which is sold at the pub.

Ribble Link
The Millennium Ribble Link is one of Britain’s newest inland waterways. The four mile Millennium Ribble Link connects the once isolated Lancaster Canal with the main canal network.
For further details please visit: www.waterscape.com

For more things to do and see in Lancashire please visit: www.visitlancashire.com





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