Great Britain » Douglas River & Rufford Branch Leeds Liverpool | England
Link between Leeds-Liverpool Canal and the Northwest
Douglas River & Rufford Branch Leeds Liverpool | England: Characteristics & Overview
Rating of waterway
|Length of waterway:||12 km|
|Number of locks:||8|
|Lock dimensions:||18.90 x 4.30|
|Max. depth:||1.10||Max. headroom:||2.40|
|Degree of difficulty:||Some experience is an advantage|
|Character of waterway:||back to nature, old waterway, to be rediscovered|
|Profile of waterway:||Used by tourists only|
Waterway has access to:Lancaster Canal & Ribble Link | England
Leeds & Liverpool Canal | England
This connection between the Lancaster and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal has become much more interesting and visited since the access to the River Ribble has been established again. This also means that it is now connected to the rest of the English canal system again.
Rufford Branch goes from Bursough on the Leeds & Liverpool northwards until Tarleton where one changes onto the River Douglas which conducts you onto the Ribble, a few kilometers later where it either gets you to Preston or onto the Lancaster Canal.
The reason for the proposal to make the River Douglas navigable was simply a matter of supply and demand. The demand for coal in Liverpool was growing and the Wigan area had a potentially large supply of easily accessible coal.