Routes to Liverpool



The canal has a vibrant wildlife, including wild carp, bream, tench, roach, perch and the legendary double figured pike.

Birds are a plenty with swans, ducks, herons, kestrels, sparrow hawks and the flash of blue that is the Kingfisher.

Reedley Marina

Reedley Marina is ideally situated on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, a beautiful location with stunning views across the valley to Pendle Hill. Enjoy the Kingfisher Café Bar, excellent facilities and extensive car parking.
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Burnley – Inn On the Wharf

Inn On The Wharf is a former warehouse and wharfmaster’s house which has been converted into a restaurant and bar. The venues olde-world decor provides the perfect atmosphere. Minimum 3 days round trip 
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A great location for you to moor up and take a break. Why not stretch your legs and take a short 5 minute walk to the Agra Indian Restaurant, highly recommended. Minimum 3 days round trip 
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Blackburn is a large town on the southern edge of the Ribble Valley. A former mill town, Blackburn was a boom town during the Industrial Revolution, and amongst the first industrialised towns in the world. Minimum 3 days round trip 
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There are two communities,:Wheelton, which is close to the canal and borders Whittle-le-Woods; and Higher Wheelton which is one of the more affluent parts of Lancashire owing to easy motorway access and a semi rural setting. Minimum 3 days round trip 
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Riley Green

Riley Green is a little hamlet with 2 pubs – the Royal Oak and and the Boatyard which is located on the canal. The Boatyard, where many narrow boats are moored, is a great pace to stop off for lunch and refreshments. Minimum 4 days round trip 
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Botany Bay

Botany Bay Mill, located on the canal side, is now a shopping mall, visit their brand new website which will show you floor by floor what great brands and products they now have to offer. Everything you could want under one roof. Minimum 4 days round trip 
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Chorley’s wealth came principally from the cotton industry, it is a major market town due to its central location. Chorley is known as the home of the Chorley cake, make sure you try a slice of Chorley cake when passing through. Minimum 4 days round trip 
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Coal was mined in the area for centuries. The Adlington Coal Company sank Ellerbeck Colliery in 1876. As part of the National Coal Board in 1958, Ellerbeck Colliery employed 411 men and woman who worked as Pit Brew Lasses. Minimum 4 days round trip 
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Wigan has a wealth of history and it is well worth spending a day and night here. A large town that is part of Greater Manchester, there is something for everyone, history, sport, music, bars, clubs and much, much more. Minimum 4 days round trip 
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Appley Bridge

Once a busy industrial village, with several quarries and clay pits for the Wigan Brick Company, today Appley Bridge still has several factories including a caravan factory, but is more like a sleepy village these days. Minimum 7 days round trip 
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The canal passes over the River Douglas. Parbold is dominated by Parbold Hill, on which lies the famous Parbold Bottle. Built in 1832 to commemorate the reform act, the Bottle is visible from the canal.  Minimum 7 days round trip 
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Burscough developed originally as two small farming villages (Burscough and Burscough Bridge) . Burscough’s population has rapidly grown and the two communities have long since melded together, the parish population is now over 8,968. Minimum 10 days round trip 
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Maghull is located to the north of Liverpool and has a population of over 22,225. Once you have reached Mughull you will be in the borough of Sefton, Merseyside and well on the way to your turning point in Liverpool. Minimum 10 days
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Aintree is best known as the site of Aintree Racecourse, which since the 19th century has staged the Grand National horserace. The name Aintree is thought to be of Saxon origin and means “one tree” or “tree standing alone”.  Minimum 10 days
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Litherland remained a poor area until the arrival of the Canal in 1774, the canal became very busy, primarily for goods and later for the transportation of passengers, this brought prosperous businessmen from the City to live in the countryside.  Minimum 10 days
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Situated immediately adjoining the city of Liverpool and the site of numerous docks, Bootle had the unfortunate distinction of being the most heavily-bombed borough in the UK due to its important role during the second world war.  Minimum 10 days
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Liverpool has a rich architectural heritage and is home to many buildings regarded as amongst the greatest examples of their respective styles in the world. Several areas of the city centre were granted World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 2004.  Minimum 10 days
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