Hidden in the depths of the city of Lancaster you'll find the meandering trail of the Lancaster Canal; 41 miles of lock free canal, meaning a gentle and flat walk or bicycle ride. Whist it is now connected at Preston with the Ribble Link to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, due to its isolation, this canal has some great landmarks to view. We're looking at the city centre section of the Lancaster Canal, which is part of the Green Flag-awarded section of this canal.

To the south of the city you start to enter into countryside which leads you to Preston, whilst the north takes you through the city and then out to the Lune Viaduct (which is something to behold!).

In 2019, it was 200 years since the canal opened and to honour this, Lancaster Canal Trust and Lancaster sculptor Alan Ward worked together to restore the missing canal milestones between Preston and Kendal - something to keep an eye out for!

Along the canal you'll find some dog-friendly pubs and have fun seeing all the wildlife. For the really adventurous (and those used to very long walks) you could take this city centre section of Lancaster's Canal and have it join up with the Crooklands Canal Walk at the Kendal side of the canal.

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Lancaster Canal and Pub Tour

Whether you start off at The White Cross or The Water Witch, be sure to stop into one (or both) of them on your Lancaster canal walk.

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Lancaster Canal