Walk Along The Leeds Liverpool Canal

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The Leeds and Liverpool Canal crosses a wonderful part of the country, linking the two industrial cities of Leeds and Liverpool. Over a distance of 127 miles (204 km), it crosses the Pennines, and some of the best scenery in Yorkshire and Lancashire. The canal follows the flatest route possible. But, given the presence of Pennines and other hills the canal includes an inevitable 91 locks on the main canal.

There are several pleasant walks along the banks of the canal. Some of the places the canal passes through include:
# Leeds
# Kirkstall – The old ruined abbey makes an interesting visit
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Saltaire on a rare perfectly sunny day.

  • Saltaire – visit the old village and mill museum made famous by Sir Titus Salt. More on Saltaire
  • Bingley – The five rise locks
  • Skipton – The Gateway to the Dales, Skipton is the base for many good walks. A thriving market town with inspiring countryside overlooking.
  • Gargrave – One of best locations on edge of Yorkshire Dales. To the north of Gargrave are places such as Malham. A great walk at this point in the canal.
  • Barnoldswick
  • Nelson
  • Burnley
  • Gannow Tunnel
  • Hapton

Leeds Liverpool Canal info at Pennines.org

Photo of Leeds Liverpool canal by Lynne Pettinger