200 years of Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Kennet at Skipton celebrating the canal’s anniversary Kennet at Skipton celebrating the canal’s anniversary

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal has celebrated its 200-year anniversary with a recreation of the inaugural ceremonial journey 127 miles across the Pennines from Leeds to Liverpool.

Organised by the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society, and supported by the Trust, the epic voyage was a culmination of a year of festivities and celebrations in honour of the 200th anniversary of England’s longest canal.

"The opening of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal played a key role in Britain’s Industrial Revolution and encouraged the development of the textile industries in Lancashire and West Yorkshire,” explained Chantelle Seaborn, local waterway manager with the Trust.

She added: "Today there are fewer industries along its banks, but the canal still brings many benefits of leisure, tourism, nature and regeneration to the communities along its route. There is tremendous pride in our wonderful heritage."

Brass bands, 12 mayors, flotillas of boats, peels of church bells, hundreds of school children and crowds greeted the boat as it makes its stately progress through Yorkshire, Lancashire and Merseyside, past mills and moorland, through Bingley, Skipton, Burnley, Blackburn, Chorley, Wigan and Burscough.

It left Leeds on Saturday 15 October and arrived in Liverpool nine days later on Sunday 23 October.

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