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
Requirements: no rating
Character of waterway: back to nature, old waterway, to be rediscovered
Profile of waterway: Used by tourists only
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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Waterway has access to:

Lancaster Canal & Ribble Link | England
Leeds & Liverpool Canal | England

Douglas Navigation
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.


Douglas Navigation

Why the Navigation was Proposed

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.