LA9 4AT - Lancaster Canal
The Lancaster Canal is a canal in North West England, originally planned to run from Westhoughton in Lancashire to Kendal in south Cumbria (historically in Westmorland). The section around the crossing of the River Ribble was never completed, and much of the southern end leased to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, of which it is now generally considered part.
Of the canal north of Preston, only the section from Preston to Tewitfield near Carnforth in Lancashire is currently open to navigation for 42 miles (67.6 km), with the canal north of Tewitfield having been severed in three places by the construction of the M6 motorway, and by the A590 road near Kendal. The southern part, from Johnson's Hillock to Wigan Top Lock, remains navigable as part of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The planned continuation to Westhoughton was never built.
Situated in local authority Kendal Fell, Lancaster Canal is classed as mainly rural (rural including hub towns >=80%) . Nearest towns are Kendal (1 miles away), Windermere (7 miles away), Milnthorpe (8 miles away), with the capital city, London being 227 miles away.
Formed from the old districts of Westmorland and Cumberland in 1974, Cumbria makes a good claim to be the spiritual home of Britain's hikers and hill-walkers, blessed as it is with many of the country's most famous and inspiring walks and some of the highest peaks, including every English peak over 3000ft and Scafell Pike, the highest point of England.
Stretching from the impressive Eden Valley in the east to the valleys, peaks and well, lakes, of the Lake District and onto the jagged and awesome coastline of the west, Cumbria is truly one of the most beautiful counties in all of the UK with the Lake District National Park considered to be Britain's most magnificent Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and having provided the inspiration for some of the greatest poetry ever written.
A surprisingly small county considering its wide range of mountains, hills and great lakes, Cumbria is bordered by Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland and by the English counties of Lancashire, North Yorkshire, County Durham and Northumberland. In the west there is the Irish Sea up to Morecambe Bay and the Penines mark the eastern boundary. Despite the plethora of scenic wonders Cumbria is also blessed with some fine historic sites too.
Perhaps this is because its history has been characterized by migration, settlement and territorial dispute, mostly between the Scottish and the English. The area has been populated for thousands of years and by the end of the Roman Era it was inhabited by Welsh 'Romano-Britons.' By the 8th century it was part of the Anglo Saxon Kingdom and by 1092 it was a part of England. Historic sites worth visiting include Hadrian's Wall, Furness Abbey and Carlisle Castle, as well as numerous Celtic, Roman and prehistoric remains and stone circles.
Nevertheless, most visitors to Cumbria will head to the Lake District National Park to walk, cycle, sail or generally splash about in one of the 12 great lakes, the highest mountains or around 3,500 kilometers of rights of way. Absolutely not to be missed.
Where is it?Location
Mainly Rural (rural including hub towns >=80%)
ONS GSS ID
South Lakeland 004A
South Lakeland 004
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