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Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Description of Leeds and Liverpool Canal: A 127 mile, cross-Pennine route, from Leeds River Lock, where it joins the Aire and Calder Navigation, to Liverpool.

History of Leeds and Liverpool Canal: Promoted by Acts of 1720, 1770, 1783, 1790, 1794 and 1819. Over fifty miles of waterway open by early 1774. The Bingley Five Rise Locks were opened on the 21st March 1774. Five laden boats descended the locks watched by thousands of people. Burnley Embankment (designed by Robert Whitworth, the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Company Engineer) started in 1795. Gannow tunnel was completed in early 1801. The whole canal was fully opened in 1816.
For more details see the History page.

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of Leeds and Liverpool Canal: Leeds to Wigan: Length 62 foot, beam 14 foot. Wigan to Liverpool: Length 72 foot, beam 14 foot. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

Leeds and Liverpool Canal: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

River Lock No 1, Leeds

Junction with Aire & Calder Main Line Junction with the Aire and calder Navigation.

0

1

N

SE297330

104

Office Lock No 2

Leeds Wharf

0.3

2

N

SE295330

104

St Anne's Ing Lock No 3

0.5

3

N

SE289332

104

Oddy Staircase Locks Nos 4 and 5

0.8

5

N

SE285334

104

Spring Garden's Lock No 6

1

6

N

SE283337

104

Armley Mill Bridge No 225

1.5

6

N

SE276340

104

Kirkstall Wharf Bridge

3

6

N

SE259351

104

Kirkstall Lock No 7

Kirkstall Brewery

3.5

7

N

SE256358

104

Kirkstall Forge Staircase Locks Nos 8 to 10

4

10

N

SE250363

104

Newlay Staircase Locks Nos 11 to 13

4.5

13

N

SE242366

104

Horsforth Road Bridge No 216A

A6120

6.1

13

N

SE221367

104

Dobson Staircase Locks Nos 14 and 15

9

15

N

SE187381

104

Strangford Basin

9.9

15

N

SE184395

104

Field Staircase Locks Nos 16 to 18

10.3

18

N

SE179397

104

Bradford Canal (abandoned)

12.5

18

N

SE151377

104

Shipley Road Bridges No 207A

A6038

12.8

18

N

SE148377

104

Hirst Lock No 19

13.8

19

N

SE132382

104

Dowley Gap Staircase Locks Nos 20 and 21

14.4

21

N

SE119383

104

Bingley Station Bridge No 202

15.3

21

N

SE107392

104

Bingley 3 Rise Staircase Locks Nos 22 to 24

15.4

24

N

SE107394

104

Bingley 5 Rise Staircase Locks Nos 25 to 29

15.6

29

N

SE107399

104

Granby Bridge, Riddlesden No 197A

18

29

N

SE079423

104

Leache Bridge No 196

18.5

29

N

SE070426

104

Silsden Bridge No 191A

A6034 Road Bridge. Town centre a quarter of a mile north.

22.5

29

N

SE041461

104

Kildwick Aqueduct

24.3

29

N

SE010459

104

Snaygill Stone Bridge No 181

27.8

29

N

SD993493

103

Skipton Junction

Junction with Leeds & Liverpool - Springs Branch Junction with Springs Branch

29.3

29

N

SD987516

103

Holme Bridge Lock No 30

Holme Bridge (A65 road) No 172A

33.3

30

N

SD943545

103

Eshton Road Lock No 31

Eshton Road Bridge No 171

34

31

N

SD933545

103

Higherland Lock No 32

Higherland Bridge No 170

34.3

32

N

SD930544

103

Anchor Lock No 33

A65 Road over Anchor Bridge No 169A

34.6

33

N

SD925542

103

Scarland Lock No 34

34.8

34

N

SD921542

103

Stegneck Lock No 35

35

35

N

SD918539

103

Bank Newton Bottom Lock No 36

Bank Newton Flight of 6 locks Nos 36 to 41

35.3

36

N

SD914533

103

Bank Newton Top Lock No 41

35.8

41

N

SD911529

103

Double Arched Bridge No 161

Cross Keys Inn, East Marton

38

41

N

SD909508

103

South Field Bridge No 159

39.5

41

N

SD897492

103

Greenberfield Bottom Lock No 42

Greenberfield Flight of 3 locks Nos 42 to 44

40.5

42

N

SD889484

103

Greenberfield Top Lock No 44

40.8

44

N

SD887481

103

Coates Bridge No 154A

Barnoldswick half a mile south-west.

41.5

44

N

SD881474

103

Salterforth Bridge No 151

Salterforth Village 200 yards north-east.

43.5

44

N

SD887453

103

Foulridge Wharf

45

44

N

SD888425

103

Foulridge Tunnel (North-east End)

45.1

44

N

SD887424

103

Foulridge Tunnel (South-west End)

46.1

44

N

SD874415

103

Barrowford Top Lock No 45

Barrowford Flight of 7 locks Nos 45 to 51

46.8

45

N

SD868403

103

Barrowford Bottom Lock No 51

47.5

51

N

SD867395

103

Nelson Bridge No 141

Town Centre 400 yards east.

48.8

51

N

SD856380

103

Lob Lane Bridge No 137

Brierfield

50.3

51

N

SD843364

103

Godley Bridge No 130H

The north end of Burnley embankment.

53.8

51

N

SD846331

103

Burnley BWB Depot

54.5

51

N

SD840320

103

Gannow Tunnel (North End)

56

51

N

SD827329

103

Old Rose Grove Bridge No 125

M65 Motorway bridge immediately south

56.8

51

N

SD810322

103

Hapton Bridge No 121

58.3

51

N

SD793320

103

Whalley Road Bridge No 114B

Clayton-le-Moors. A680 road bridge.

62.5

51

N

SD748304

103

Church Kirk Bridge No 112

63.8

51

N

SD739290

103

Rishton Bridge No 108A

Town centre a quarter of a mile west.

66

51

N

SD728303

103

Railway Bridge No 105

68.5

51

N

SD705294

103

Whitebirk Bridge No104B

68.8

51

N

SD705287

103

Enam Bridge No 103A

Blackburn station and town centre.

70.3

51

N

SD688281

103

Blackburn Top Lock No 52

Blackburn Flight of 6 locks Nos 52 to 57

71

52

N

SD683271

103

Blackburn Bottom Lock No 57

Bolton Road (A666) Bridge No 99

71.5

57

N

SD677268

103

Cherry Tree Bridge No 95

73

57

N

SD659263

103

Stanworth Bridge No 93

75

57

N

SD641249

103

Riley Green Bridge No 91A

A675 road bridge

76

57

N

SD623251

103

Withnell Fold Bridge No 88

Village on East bank.

77.5

57

N

SD610231

103

Whins Bridge No 83

Wheelton

78.8

57

N

SD601218

103

Johnson's Hill Top Lock No 58

Johnson's Hill flight of 7 locks Nos 58 to 64

79.3

58

N

SD596214

102

Johnson's Hill Bottom Lock No 64

Junction with the closed Walton Summit Branch

79.8

64

N

SD590206

102

Botany Bridge No 78A

81

64

N

SD593188

108

Cowling Bridge No 75A

82.3

64

N

SD596167

108

White Bear Bridge No 69

Adlington

85

64

N

SD599129

108

Red Rock Bridge No 63

87.5

64

N

SD584098

108

Wigan Top Lock No 65

Wigan flight of 23 locks Nos 65 to 87

90

65

N

SD607067

109

Wigan Lock No 78

Rose Bridge No 54, A577.

91

78

N

SD597056

108

Leigh Branch Junction

Junction with Leeds & Liverpool - Leigh Branch

92

85

N

SD583048

108

Wigan Bottom Lock No 87

92.3

87

N

SD579050

108

Wigan Pier

Heritage Centre

92.5

87

N

SD575052

108

Pagefield Lock No 88

93.4

88

N

SD568060

108

Hell Meadow Lock No 89

94

89

N

SD562067

108

M6 Motorway Bridge

95.9

89

N

SD536074

108

Dean Locks No 90

Two locks side by side

96

90

N

SD535074

108

Appley Bridge No 42

Canalside hamlet.

97.5

90

N

SD523092

108

Appley Lock No 91

One deep lock or two shallower locks beside it can be used.

98

91

N

SD518095

108

Parbold Bridge No 37

Parbold Village on north bank

99.5

91

N

SD491105

108

Rufford Branch Junction

Junction with Leeds & Liverpool - Rufford Branch

102.5

91

N

SD450114

108

Burscough Bridge No 32A

BW Depot

103.3

91

N

SD442121

108

New Lane Bridge No 31

104.3

91

N

SD428126

108

Heatons Bridge No 28

Heaton Bridge Inn

106

91

N

SD403118

108

Scarisbrick Bridge No 27A

A570 road bridge

107

91

N

SD387117

108

Halsall Bridge No 25

Halsall village a quarter of a mile north-west

108.5

91

N

SD374098

108

Haskayne Bridge No 21A

Haskayne village on west bank.

110

91

N

SD360079

108

Downholland Cross Bridge No 20A

Scarisbrick Arms

110.8

91

N

SD364068

108

Jackson's Bridge No 19

112

91

N

SD374052

108

Lollies Bridge No 17A

112.9

91

N

SD366045

108

Red Lion Bridge No 13

Maghull

114.3

91

N

SD374022

108

Maghull Hall Bridge No 12

114.8

91

N

SD378016

108

Melling Stone Bridge No 11

115.5

91

N

SD384004

108

Blue Anchor Bridge No 8

Aintree Race Course

118

91

N

SJ378984

108

Old Roan Bridge No 7D

A59 road bridge

118.8

91

N

SJ370990

108

Netherton Swing Bridge No 6

119

91

N

SJ358999

108

Gorsey Lane Bridge No 4A

B5422 road bridge

121

91

N

SJ341992

108

Litherland Bridge No 2J

A5036 road bridge

122.8

91

N

SJ336974

108

Linacre Bridge No 2E

123.8

91

N

SJ345963

108

Stanley Road Bridge No 2A

Bootle Wharf

124.5

91

N

SJ343953

108

Bank Hall Station Bridge No I

125.8

91

N

SJ342937

108

Sandhills Staton Bridge No F

126

91

N

SJ344930

108

Stanley Dock Cut

126.5

91

N

SJ342921

108

Canal Terminus Bridge A

127

91

N

SJ340915

108

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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