Route: Lancaster Canal (UK)

United Kingdom
92 km
Vertical Gain
100 m

The Lancaster Canal is a canal in North West England. 2019 marks 200 years since the completion of the main line of the Lancaster Canal. Linking Preston to Kendal, the Lancaster Canal is one of the country’s few coastal canals. Built along the natural lie of the land it is a mostly flat route. The canal's principal purpose was to transport coal north from the Lancashire Coalfields, and limestone south from Cumbria. The nature of these cargoes gave the waterway its local nickname - the Black and White Canal. As well as spectacular views of the Silverdale Coast, Forest of Bowland and Wyre countryside, the Lancaster Canal also features some of the most impressive canal architecture in the country. 

Total length, from Preston to Kendal, is about 90km.

GPS Track


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I will attempt to complete a supported FKT attempt of the route on 03/08/2019, traveling North from Preston to Kendal.

Update: I will now probably start in Kendal and run south to Preston. There are repair works and a small diversion in place at Stainton, I have contacted the Canal River Trust about an advised best alternative route for this section, sticking as closely as possible to the Towpath and with the least amount of disruption.

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I will be attempting to go under the current FKT on the Lancaster Canal route on Monday 20th July 2020, travelling from North to South (Kendal to Preston). As well as GPS tracking, I will also be using Garmin LiveTrack and will publish the link both on the day and on social media for transparency.