Lancashire & Cumbria Branch

Blackburn Office Lock gates

Welcome to the pages of the Lancashire and Cumbria branch of the IWA.

We cover a wide area of North-West England and the whole of Scotland.

Included in our area is that part of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal from Lydiate ( Bridge 17 ) to Greenberfield Locks, including the Rufford branch.

Other canals in our area are the Lancaster Canal ( including the Ribble Link, Glasson branch and the Northern Reaches ), Ulverston Canal ( disused ), Forth & Clyde Canal, Union Canal, Crinan Canal and Caldonian Canal.

There is currently restoration work occurring on the Northern Reaches of the Lancaster where local volunteers and IWA's Waterway Recovery Group is extending the length that is in water towards Kendal.

We have a programme of talks running from September to April, to which everyone is welcome. These take place at Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley directions to the location can be found on the meeting venues page. During the summer months we hold occasional workparties.

The branch also produces a regular magazine Towing Path Topics.


Social Meetings 

We have a programme of talks running from September to April to which everyone is welcome. These take place at St Chad’s Parish Centre, 235 Town Lane, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley, PR6 8AJ. See directions to the meeting venues.

See full events calendar

27th September 2018 - Coke Ovens on the Lancaster Canal by Brian Crawley, Secretary of Carnforth   Coke Ovens.

25th October 2018 - What is happening with IWA, what progress have we made with our objectives by Ivor Caplan, IWA National Chairman.

29th November 2018 - Early days at the Boat Museum Ellesmere Port by Tony Hirst.

13th December 2018 - Christmas Meal.

31st January 2019 - The Daniel Adamson Trust by Stuart Wood, Les Green and Bob Cannell.

28th February 2019 - AGM and a Nostalgia Evening by Audrey Smith OBE.

28th March 2019 – Electric Boats by Tony Dunning and Malcolm and Barbara Bridge.

25th April 2019 - Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Lancaster Canal and an update on what is happening with Canal and River Trust by Tony Entwistle.

Please contact to book.

Contact the Branch

Wendy Humphreys

Local Waterways

A Lancaster canal bridge

Carlisle Navigation Canal (disused)
Lake District (lakes on which navigation rights exist)
Lancaster Canal

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

River Lune
River Ribble
Ribble Link
Ulverston Canal (disused)

Scottish Waterways:

Caledonian Canal
Crinian Canal
Forth & Clyde Canal
Union Canal