Leeds to Liverpool Canal – Local Paddles and Access Points
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.