The Leeds & Liverpool Canal, connecting the cities of its name is at 127 miles the longest in Great Britain. It was always busiest at its ends in commercial days- now the scenic central length attracts much pleasure traffic. The Foulridge Tunnel is in Lancashire but further along the summit
level is the county boundary from which it descends into and then down the Aire valley. The start of the descent is at the delightful Greenberfield locks-modified about twenty years after the canal opened (which modifications are still evident) and the site of a main water supply. At Marton the A59 crosses on a unique double bridge. More locks drop the canal to Skipton where there is a dramatic branch canal round Skipton Castle to quarries. The final visit is to the spectacular rise locks at Bingley-a three rise, and perhaps the finest canal view in England, the five rise.
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The Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Yorkshire. Lecture: Friday October 14th 7.30-9.30 p.m. Coach Tour Sunday October 16th 9.00a.m.-6.00 p.m.