Burnley to East Marton – through Barrowford Locks, Foulridge Tunnel, Greenberfield Locks and back
An outdoor adventure cruising through the landscape of the lost weaving capital of the world at Burnley, then through locks, a tunnel and onwards to the summit of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. This short route leaves the traveller bulging with long stories and relaxed rosy cheeks.
Before you head off at the start of your journey it’s worth sparing time to explore a treasure of Britain’s canals. The Weavers’ Triangle is a modern name given to a roughly triangular area around the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Burnley. If you could travel back in time to visit this spot in the late 19th century, the clickety-clack of a staggering 79,000 looms would overwhelm your senses. The ‘ordinary’ town of Burnley was once the weaving capital of the world. Historic buildings still wrap around the canal – weaving sheds, spinning mills, engine houses, warehouses and workers’ homes. Terraced rooftops, silent mills and retired chimneys fill the skyline with nostalgia and respect for the human story behind the magnificent weaving industry.
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