The Leeds & Liverpool Canal is a whopping 127 miles long and consists of 91 locks. It played a huge part in the industrial revolution and was the main method of transporting goods, most importantly coal. The canal links the two cities, with Liverpool to the West and Leeds to the East.
There is plenty to explore along this lovely canal, which meanders its way through beautiful open Pennine countryside and picturesque villages. Located in Burnley, our base at Reedley provides you with plenty of route options for an action-packed holiday, with so much to explore. There are many places of interest for you to discover along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal:
• Bingley Five Rise– The steepest set of locks in Britain, with a total rise of 60ft! Arguably the most impressive feature on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, the 5-rise staircase is supervised by a lock-keeper during daytime hours to see you through. Experience the Bingley Five Rise on a 7-night break departing from Reedley or Barnoldswick.
• Foulridge Tunnel– Known for the story of Buttercup the cow, who fell into the canal in 1912 and swam the full length of the tunnel (1,500m), to be revived with brandy when she came out the other side. Travel through the long, dark tunnel is controlled by traffic lights as boats are only permitted to travel one at a time. Cruise through the tunnel on short breaks from Reedley or Barnoldswick or week long holidays from Riley Green.
• Barrowford– Home of the Pendle Witches! Follow the spooky story of the infamous witches from Pendle Heritage Centre all the way to Lancaster Castle to visit the dungeons in which they were kept before they stood trial. The charming village of Barrowford is well known for its upmarket shops and independent, designer clothes stores; it even gets the occasional celebrity shopper. Barrowford is easily accessible from Reedley, Riley Green or Barnoldswick on a short break.
• Keighley & Worth Valley Railway– Set in the heart of Brontë country is the railway featured in the 1970s film ‘The Railway Children’. Travel back in time and visit Oakworth station, the station used in the film and watch the vintage steam trains go by. You can even take a ride on the railway and go to the village of Haworth, where sisters Emily and Charlotte Brontë lived. Visit Keighley from our Reedley or Barnoldswick bases in a 7-night break.
• Skipton Castle– Skipton Castle is one of the best preserved and most complete medieval castles in the UK, at over 900 years old it has survived a very turbulent history, including a 3-year siege in the Civil War. Explore the castle from dungeon to watchtower and then take a look around Skipton itself, make sure to sample some Yorkshire Dales ice cream back at the canal basin! Skipton can be reached in a short break from both Reedley and Barnoldswick.
To book your next boating holiday and explore what the Northern Canals have to offer, search our website: www.waterwaysholidays.com/northern_england.htm for live availability or give us a call on 01252 796400.