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The Leeds & Liverpool Canal - Overview
The Leeds & Liverpool Canal climbs away from the Lancashire plain into the Pennine hills east of the (Broad) Leigh Branch at Wigan. The main line goes on
navigating up the famous Wigan 21 locks, through the once proud 'cotton towns' of Blackburn and Burnley where many of the old mills can still be seen. The
Pundits say allow at least a week to get from Liverpool to Leeds, we would say longer if you don't want to knacker yourself or your crew!
We have already mentioned the Leigh Branch but there is a second, Rufford Branch, which links the canal at Burscough with the River Ribble (and the Lancaster
Canal) through the sea lock at the port of Tarleton. The 'Millennium' Ribble Link provides a link via the tidal River Ribble to the otherwise unconnected
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