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Waterways of Cumbria

Navigable Rivers and Canals within Cumbria

Carlisle Canal

Waterway's place in Cumbria :

A canal that was entirely within Cumbria.

Waterway Description:

A 11.25 mile, 8 lock, broad canal from Carlisle to the Solway.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1819, opened in 1823 and closed in 1853.

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Cumberland Canal Project

Waterway's place in Cumbria :

A proposed canal in Cumbria.

Waterway Description:

A proposed canal from the Solway Firth about a mile east of Bowness to Carlisle with a navigable feeder to Wigton. The main line for coasting vessels was to have locks 20 feet wide with 8 foot depth over the sills and was estimated to cost 109,393. The navigable feeder which wasprobably intended for narrowboats was estimated at 38,139.

History:

Proposed by Telford in 1808 but was soon superseded by other plans for the Carlisle Canal.

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Nent Force Level

Waterway's place in Cumbria :

A canal entirely within Cumbria.

Waterway Description:

A 2.5 mile underground level navigation in a lead mine at Alston, Cumberland.

History:

Work started in 1776 to a plan by John Smeaton, John Gilbert recommended widening in 1777, completed by 1810.

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Newcastle - Carlisle - Maryport Canal schemes

Waterway's place in Cumbria :

These proposed canals were to go from Northumberland to Cumbria.

Waterway Description:

Various proposals for a coast to coast waterway that was never authorised or built.

History:

The propasals started in 1794 and were still being supported in 1810.

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