Leeds & Liverpool Canal

46 years to complete, over 200 years old, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal still provides some of the most beautiful cruising on the canal network
Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Completed in 1816, the 127 mile long Leeds and Liverpool Canal begins to leave its industrial heritage behind north of Keighley before winding and carving (‘Foulridge Tunnel” (1,630 yards) its way through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales then, at Wigan, descending over 200ft in 2 miles courtesy of the formidable “Wigan Flight” (21 locks!!) before meandering into the heart of Liverpool.

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is one of the most beautiful Waterways in the UK, offering superb cruising, walking and cycling for all.

Navigation Information
  • Length: 127 miles
  • Locks: 91

  • Maximum Vessel Length: 60ft (18.3m)
  • Maximum Vessel Width/Beam: 14ft 3" (4.34m)
  • Maximum Vessel Headroom: 8ft (2.43m)
  • Maximum Vessel Draught: 3ft 6" (1.1m)

NB: Maximum dimensions given above are for ‘end-to-end’ navigation.
Different dimensions may be accommodated on certain stretches


Primary Authority

Canal & River Trust
General (Mon - Fri, 09.00 – 17.00)
Tel: 0303 040 4040
Online Contact Form
Emergency (24 Hr) - Tel: 0800 47 999 47


Additional Authority


Additional Notes


Pollution to the environment

Environment Agency
Tel: 0800 80 70 60

Notices & Stoppages

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Main Image
Tim Green from Bradford, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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