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Canals & Waterways

The British canal network may have an industrial heritage but a growing number of TV programmes are reminding people of happier times messing about on boats. In fact a two-hour BBC show All Aboard! featuring nothing more than a journey down a canal has proved an unlikely hit with viewers.

What better way to enjoy the stunning Lancashire countryside in all its autumnal glory than a slow, dreamy holiday cruise along the Leeds – Liverpool Canal .

You go where you want, at your own pace, stopping if you feel like it.

With a constantly changing view you'll pass through pretty villages and historic towns, spot wildlife along the towpath and see architectural wonders along the way.

Just outside Burnley stop off to see the National Trust owned Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire's very own 'Downton Abbey' - famed for its architecture and an extensive textile collection. 

As you pass through Burnley you'll be travelling on the Burnley 'Straight Mile' one of the Wonders of the British Waterways, and don't forget to stop off at the Weavers Triangle Visitor Centre to find out more about the industrial history of the area.

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  1. The Leeds Liverpool Canal

    Type

    Canal / Waterway / Marina

    Location:

    Blackburn

    The Leeds and Liverpool Canal was the first of the Trans-Pennine canals to be started and the last to be completed. The length and the complexity of the route meant that the canal took 46 years to build at a cost of five times the original budget.

  2. Add Avenham & Miller Parks to your Itinerary

    Avenham & Miller Parks

    Type

    Parkland/Woodland Garden

    Location:

    Preston

    The Grade II* parks, a 5 minute walk from the city centre, boasts many fine features, from the Swiss Chalet and beautiful Japanese Garden to a fountain centre piece and Italianate terrace. Stroll along the riverbank before enjoying lunch at the cafe.

  3. Add The Water Ski Academy to your Itinerary

    The Water Ski Academy

    Type

    Extreme Sports

    Location:

    Whitworth

    Set in beautiful countryside around Whitworth and boasts some of the best facilities for water skiing and wake boarding, they have everything for you to enjoy this thrilling and challenging sport.

  4. Add Lancaster Canal Cruises to your Itinerary

    Lancaster Canal Cruises

    Type

    Canal / Waterway / Marina

    Location:

    Preston

    Operating a fleet of boats and canal barges on the Lancaster Canal from a small village called Bilsborrow near Garstang. Our hire boats and hire barges are available for day hire, party hire and holiday hire.

  5. Add Foulridge Canal Cruises to your Itinerary

    Foulridge Canal Cruises

    Type

    Canal / Waterway / Marina

    Location:

    Foulridge, Colne

    Foulridge Canal cruises has been operating under the present ownership for 23 years on the tranquil countryside section of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Foulridge Canal Wharf, 2 miles from the end of the M65 motorway in Colne.

  6. Add Lancaster Canal Boats to your Itinerary

    Lancaster Canal Boats

    Type

    Canal / Waterway / Marina

    Location:

    Barton, Preston

    We operate year round cruises along the beautiful Lancaster Canal. During the peak season (May to October) our timetabled daily cruises run from various locations.

  7. Add Canal Boat Cruises to your Itinerary

    Canal Boat Cruises

    Type

    Canal / Waterway / Marina

    Location:

    Hoghton, Preston

    Welcome to Canal Boat Cruises, a fun, unique multi award-winning canal boat company operated by John and Lesley Yates and their children Ellie, Bridie and Louis, who all go the extra mile for each and every one of their guests.

  8. Add Reedley Marina to your Itinerary

    Reedley Marina

    Type

    Canal / Waterway / Marina

    Location:

    Nelson

    Reedley Marina is a new 100 berth marina offering superb facilities for the modern boater, and is also is a lovely spot to eat, as the Kingfisher Cafe has stunning views over Pendle Hill.

  9. Add Mary Towneley Loop to your Itinerary

    Mary Towneley Loop

    Type

    Equestrian

    Location:

    Burnley

    The Mary Towneley Loop takes you on a journey through the South Pennines on the Lancashire and Yorkshire borders.

  10. Add Boatel Party Cruises to your Itinerary

    Boatel Party Cruises

    Type

    Canal / Waterway / Marina

    Location:

    Chorley

    Boatel prides itself on tailored cruises to suit every individual. Over the past 25 years we have provided a unique cruising facility along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and a package of entertainment for all generations.

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