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Leeds to Liverpool Canal – Local Access Points

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Some of our club members have been getting out for their daily exercise on local waterways. We have updated our Leeds to Liverpool Canal page to indicate some of the local paddles available. We especially recommend the British Canoeing guides and suggested routes at the bottom of the page. If anyone has more good suggestions for access points, routes or trip reports for local paddles please pass them on.

At the moment you are able to exercise locally within a household group or if on your own with one other person. You will of course need access to your own canoe or kayak as the all club facilities are closed during National Lockdown. NB please note that this includes the Liverpool Docks and Coburg Slipway which should not be used whilst all club paddling is suspended.

Would be good to hear about some of your local paddling – please send items for the newsletter to

Leeds to Liverpool Canal

There are many access points along the canal. The full route is 167 miles long, but many local paddlers use the canal for local trips. There is also the Rufford Branch, that goes north from Burscough to Tarlton Lock near Hesketh Bank and is worth exploring. Others have also explored a round trip returning on the River Douglas (Grade 1?) as it follows a section of the canal.

The Leeds Liverpool canal is used by many Pleasure boats. Please paddle on the right-hand side of the canal when passing other traffic and watch out for fishing rods along its banks. Food and drink can be purchased at any of the canal side Pubs. There are also picnic areas by the Ship Inn Burscough. You may wish to bring your own food and drink.

Local Access Points for Paddlesports
Canoe trails to download
Eldonian Village Hall to Cooksons BridgeCooksons Bridge to The New Scarisbrick ArmsThe New Scarisbrick Arms to Appley Bridge
Appley Bridge to Trencherfield MillWigan Top Lock to Walton Summit BranchJohnson’s Hillock Top Lock to Riley Green
Riley Green to Eanam WharfEanam Wharf to ChurchChurch, Accrington to Reedley Marina
Reedley Marina to GreenberfieldGreenberfield to Anchor LockAnchor Lock to Low Bradley
Low Bradley to RiddlesdenRiddlesden to Apperley BridgeApperley Bridge to Leeds
Leeds Lock to CastlefordCastleford Junction to WhitleyWhitley Lock to Goole
Canal map for UK…..
Canal and Rivers Trust – Leeds to Liverpool Canal
Coast to Coast: Canoe trail

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