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City of Liverpool


Dock Link


Stanley Dock Branch


0-3 miles


Bootle to Melling
3-12 miles


Maghull to Burscough
12- 24 miles


Rufford Branch


Burscough to Wigan
24 - 34 miles


34 - 37 miles


Leigh Branch


Former Lancaster Canal South


Johnson's Hillock to Cherry Tree
47 - 54 miles


54-59 miles

Towpath Treks

Liverpool Dock Link

The Liverpool end of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal has suffered because of its poor reputation and the lack of secure moorings. A link from the Stanley Dock Branch to the marina in the South Docks was planned in the hope that it would bring more boaters to Liverpool.


City of Leeds


127.25 miles


Shipley to Leeds
115 -125 miles


Stockbridge to Shipley
109 -115 miles


Skipton to Stockbidge
99 - 109 miles


Gargrave to Skipton
93 -99 miles


Greenberfield to Gargrave
87 - 93 miles


Foulridge to Greenberfield
82-87 miles


Burnley Lane to Foulridge Tunnel
75 -82 miles


71-75 miles


Rishton, Church and Hapton
59 - 71 miles

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Stanley Dock Branch

The Stanely Dock branch was refurbished in preparation for its increased use. The lock gates were replaced and new winding mechanisms were added.

New Lock Gates   Top Lock, Stanley Dock branch  
Brand new lock paddle gear   Refurbished gates ready for the new dock link  
Waterloo Dock

In 2006 Waterloo Dock was dammed and drained. The water level was reduced and it was refilled. A new building was built along side the dock. An important part of the canal link plan is the building along the route.

Waterloo Dock Waterloo Dock Waterloo Dock Waterloo Dock
Waterloo Dock Waterloo Dock Waterloo Dock Waterloo Dock
Princes Dock

The old canal basin at Old Hall Street was once the closest point between the canal and the dock system. There was no direct link but goods were moved between dock and canal by cart. In recent years Princes Dock has been redeveloped with offices, residential tower blocks and hotels built around it. Some of this redevelopment has had to be adapted to allow for the canal link. The footbridge across the dock was too low to allow boats to pass underneath it and so was removed and re-positioned. Access from Waterloo Dock had to be reinstated.  At the south end of the dock a lock has been built to link to the new canal tunnel.

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Princes Dock Princes Dock Princes Dock Princes Dock
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Princes Dock Princes Dock Princes Dock Link Tunnel in construction Princes Dock Lock in construction
Princes Dock
Bridge to Princes Dock Princes Dock Footbridge Princes Dock Drained Princes Dock Work in Progress
Bollards!   Edge of the Dock The carpark before the tunnel
Edge of the Dock The Tunnel during construction looking towards the broken down dock wall Dock Wall Broken Down The canal tunnel passing through the gap in the dock wall
St Nicholas Place

Between Princes Dock and the Pier Head is St Nicholas Place. A tunnel has been built across a car park which was once dock side buildings.  The old floating access road for the landing stage was once here, the narrow inlet has been filled in and the canal tunnel crosses it. This area is now once again an access point to the new landing stage.

St Nicholas Place Tunnel in Construction St Nicholas Place Tunnel under Construction St Nicholas Place Tunnel under Construction St Nicholas Place Tunnel stage one finished
St Nicholas Place Tunnel Construction restarts St Nicholas Place Tunnel under Construction St Nicholas Place Tunnel under Construction St Nicholas Place Tunnel under Construction
The tunnel under the road Looking towards the tunnel under the road Concrete Pouring  
Site of the old floating road The tunnel has been finished and covered over. The tunnel at the floating roadway The tunnel is finished and covered over.

North Basin

The tunnel from St Nicholas Place enters the North Basin. The area was lawns and before the canal basin was dug. The excavations uncovered the old bus terminal. Former river walls were uncovered.

North Basin excavated North Basin base laid North Basin walls being built North Basin looking South to Pier Head Tunnel
Central Pier Head Tunnel

In front of the middle of the Three Graces is a tunnel linking the North and South Basins. The old Chinese restaurant and ferry buildings were demolished and a new ferry building built. The area will be lawns once again with the canal underneath. Stone thought to be from one of the old Town Hall buildings was found.

The Pier Head Before work starts on the Pier Head Tunnel The tunnel mid construction The tunnel walls being constructed
The Pier Head Tunnel under Construction Tunnel under Construction Pouring the concrete
The Pier Head Tunnel The Pier Head Tunnel Carved Stones New Ferry Building
Pier Head Statues

The Pier Head is home to many memorials to those who died in the world wars and King Edward VII. The memorials were moved to allow for the canal construction. The statue of Edward VII was removed and taken away to be cleaned. The plinth was moved and rebuilt.

King Edward VII Memorial Removal    
South Basin

At the southern end of the Pier Head, in front of the MDHB building is the South Basin. The basin has stepped sides and links up to the tunnel which passes under the new museum building.

South Basin South Basin South Basin South Basin
Artists Impression     Tunnel from the South Basin
Liverpool Museum

On the site of the old Manchester Dock a new museum is being built. When the foundations were being excavated the old lock gates were uncovered. A short part of the canal tunnel was built followed by the foundations and concrete structure and then metal framework of the museum.

Manchester Dock Lock Gates Museum Foundations Museum Foundations and Canal Tunnel Museum Construction
  Museum Takes Shape Artists Impression  
Mann Island

Mann Island was once covered with terraced houses with basement dwellings. Post war it had car show rooms and a large car park. The car show rooms were demolished and the site cleared. The basements of the old houses were uncovered and foundations of a building once part of the tunnel air ventilation system.  A lock into Canning Dock was built and a canal basin constructed on Mann Island.

Car Show Room Car Show Room Car Show Room Canal Tunnel
Canal Tunnel Mann Island    
Canning Dock

Buildings around Canning Dock were demolished and a lock built to connect the southern dock system and the new canal link.




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