Reedley Marina canal routes for holidays and short breaks

Alvechurch Canal Routes

Key: ☉ Bingley & Rtn ☉ North Pennine Ring

7 + Night routes

Burnley to Bingley – through Barrowford Locks, Foulridge Tunnel, Greenberfield / Bank Newton & Gargrave Locks, then option of Bingley 5-Rise / 3-Rise and back

Boating from Burnley to Bingley is a journey from the nostalgia of lost weaving mills in Burnley, onwards into some of the best open countryside anywhere on England’s canal networks, until your journey’s end trumpets its thrilling finale in the magnificent canal engineering of Bingley Five-Rise staircase locks.

The Weavers’ Triangle is 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. Burnley was once the weaving capital of the world and historic buildings still wrap around the canal. 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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The Ring takes in the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Rochdale Canal, Ashton Canal, Calder & Hebble Navigation and Aire & Calder Navigation. The 185-mile route includes numerous aqueducts and swing bridges, 4 tunnels and 215 locks – 21 days at 6 hours cruising per day.

This big journey scrambles gloriously across the Pennines, following five canals and passing three of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways! Your cruise is a thriller for contrasting high moments. In a challenging adventure you’ll climb and fall on moors and dales, weave through cities with secret histories, tiptoe into nostalgic skylines remembering ‘dark satanic mills’, and amble along some of Britain’s most  tranquil and uncrowded waterways. With terrific power, this landscape raves over its borders – Lancashire and Yorkshire may have once spewed blood in the Wars of the Roses, yet old rivalry has morphed into peaceful pleasures in this route today. The battle over who was going to be king lies in the heart of this route, but this holiday’s highlight is to revel with wind in your hair enjoying the freedom of the water route that crosses the wild Pennines.

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3 – 4 Night routes

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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Burnley to Skipton – through Barrowford Locks, Foulridge Tunnel, Greenberfield / Bank Newton & Gargrave Locks

This in an unforgettable journey that flings feisty history together with euphoric Pennine views and treats the traveller to a rare sense of wind-swept freedom only Yorkshire knows.  A route that simultaneously fills and clears the mind with a panorama of sheer pleasure.

The ‘ordinary’ town of Burnley was once the weaving capital of the world. 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 Weavers’ Triangle is a modern name given to a roughly triangular area around the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Burnley. 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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