Lancaster Canal: Bridge  26 to Bridge 30 (and back)

With a beautiful section of the Lancaster Canal just 5 minutes along  the road from our village, we often find ourselves there at all seasons of the year (unless the towpath is just TOO muddy).

Now that I’ve found a map of the canal in its entirety, I’m very keen to walk the whole of it in manageable short stretches.

The Lancaster Canal is Britain’s longest lock-free waterway. It is navigable for about 42 miles. So lots of short walks required !

The canal begins in the city of Preston and winds its way north through some amazing countryside past Garstang, Lancaster and Carnforth to Bridge 138 at Tewitfield Turnpike which is the end of the fully navigable section.

The first walk of this Herculean undertaking starts at Bridge 26 as this is our nearest point of access.

The order of our walks will be dictated by both time available and weather, and not numerical order. The pictures of each walk, however, will be in order. (Well, that’s the plan !)…….

Lancaster Canal: Around Salwick map bridges

Lancaster Canal: Around Salwick © Lockmaster Maps


We joined the canal at the Hand & Dagger:

Bridge 26 Hand & Dagger Salwick Lancaster Canal Bridge 26

Hand & Dagger: Bridge 26 ©HelenBushe


 Canal Towpath Signpost. Which Way?

Salwick Signpost Lancaster Canal Towpath Bridge 26

Salwick Signpost ©HelenBushe


A short walk and we’re at Bridge 27 and we are 6 miles from Preston (the signposts tell you how far you’ve come: you’ve to look on the other side to see how many miles to where you’re going)

Bridge 27 lancaster Canal towpath walk

Bridge 27 ©HelenBushe


This “work boat” had a wheelbarrow and bags of cement on it. The bridge ahead is 28A (the “A” is because it’s an additional one built to take the motorway over the canal):

Towards Bridge 28A Lancaster Canal motorway

Towards Bridge 28A ©HelenBushe


Towpath Traffic:

Cyclists on Towpath Lancaster Canal

Cyclists on Towpath ©HelenBushe


I love the skull some joker has stuck on this:

Anglers Beware signpost

Anglers Beware ©HelenBushe


Looking across to the other side:

Striped Grass Lancaster Canal

Striped Grass ©HelenBushe


Somewhere to rest at Bridge 30, before doing an about-turn and heading back:

Bridge no.30 Lancaster Canal seat towpath

Bridge no.30

How could I not love the canal with views like this:

Bridge 27 Lancaster Canal walk

Tranquillity ©HelenBushe

Along the way we saw lots of wildflowers and wildlife; a few narrowboats; a couple of dog-walkers and that was it really.

In the course of these walks we’ll see a bit of canal-side living in the city of Preston; we should get some spectacular views of the Bowland Fells; we’ll visit the market town of Garstang and the county town of Lancaster; and when we get further north we’ll be following the coastline of Morecambe Bay.

Oh, Weather, please be kind!

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hbs1991 · 9 June 2017 at 12:23

I just love these pictures, as it shows so much history, and beauty along canals the stone bridges are beautiful works of art in themselves. If ever I get to England, this is the England I would love to see, rural England.

    HMB · 10 June 2017 at 18:19

    Thanks Mitchell for all your kind and encouraging comments. I’m so pleased that you’re enjoying my posts. In July and August we’ll hopefully be covering a lot more of the canal.

paulfraser11 · 27 April 2017 at 20:04

These are a great set of images Helen (love the fisherman scull) and a great way of presenting this walk 🙂

    HMB · 27 April 2017 at 20:19

    Thanks Paul. I’ve no idea how many sections we’ll cover for these blogs. But at least my intentions are good! ( and towpaths, by their very nature, are flat)

Leah · 26 April 2017 at 23:54

How did I not know the bridges were numbered? Too busy enjoying the beauty and appreciated the engineering, I suppose.

I dream of house sitting a long boat. I could be very happy to wake up to the kind of scenery you’re sharing with us.

    HMB · 27 April 2017 at 20:17

    We’ve walked our local section of the canal so often that I’m aware of the numbers. Also Sheila found an old map with not only the numbers but also the names of the bridges. (Heehee not everybody knows about these names)

Hugh's Views and News · 26 April 2017 at 16:05

Beautiful, Helen. Reminds me of the lovely canal walks we have here in Wales. Wonderful scenery. Fingers crossed that the weather stays good for you.

    HMB · 26 April 2017 at 18:35

    Thanks Hugh. I love canals. Not visited any inWales yet.

Laurie Graves · 25 April 2017 at 14:52

Oh, how I love these walks! So nice to go with you along the towpath.

    HMB · 26 April 2017 at 18:31

    Thanks Laurie. It’s good to have you along.

bushboy · 25 April 2017 at 02:22

What a wonderful walk. Did you have to dodge many cyclists?

    HMB · 25 April 2017 at 07:22

    No only these cyclists in picture. The country lanes are so quiet that cyclists mostly use those.

Amy · 24 April 2017 at 19:51

That is an enjoyable walk under the blue sky!
Beautiful photos, Helen. 🙂

    HMB · 24 April 2017 at 20:00

    Thanks Amy. I do so love being outside.

whippetwisdom · 24 April 2017 at 19:41

This looks like a wonderful walk! We have walked along the canal with our older dogs near Hestbank many years ago and on to Morecambe Bay ☺

    HMB · 24 April 2017 at 19:59

    Yes, we’ve walked at Hestbank too. And will be doing again. I’m so pleased you like these pictures.

lizmcqueensart · 24 April 2017 at 18:39

Lovely photos. We were treated to a trip on a long boat so have an idea of what it is all about. Such a peaceful existence with beautiful views. Enjoy your walks. You are indeed blessed.

    HMB · 24 April 2017 at 19:10

    Thanks Liz. Yes, I am indeed lucky and I appreciate everything every day.

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