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Leeds & Liverpool Canal Walking Guide
The Leeds & Liverpool Canal is perfect for walkers. For city strolls or rural rambles the towpath is the place.
Where to walk?
The canal offers short, medium and long distance walks. It has great variety, from inner cities to the Yorkshire Dales. There are a few books with planned walks (see here) or you can plan your own on google maps or try one of my favourite walks. I have made a few walking guides, they are on pdf files so you can download them and print them out.
How far to walk?
I have put together a Leeds Liverpool Canal Mile Chart so you can work out how far it is from place to place. The distances are in miles and hopefully I have got them right! Everyone walks different speeds and distances so choose a distance to suit you.
Getting From A to B
One of the things that makes the Leeds & Liverpool Canal perfect for walking is its links to the rest of transport network. The canal was built on the shortest route possible between Liverpool and Leeds and the cotton towns in between. When the railways and motorways were built they followed the same route. This means it is easy to access the canal from the motorways and main roads or from stations along the way. For long stretches of canal its possible to walk the towpath between stations.
The canal is easily reached by train for much of its 127.25 miles. There are intercity stations at each end. Click the link to the left to find out where the stations are along the canal and how to reach them from the towpath.
If I am doing a linear walk I usually park my car, then take the train to the far end of the route and walk back. This means any problems with trains not running are dealt with at the start and not at the end of a long walk. It avoids you being stranded at a closed station.
Always check in advance that the trains are running, especially at weekends and Sundays in particular.
There are lots of places to park along the canal. There are car parks beside the canal itself or at railway stations. There is on street parking too. I am putting together a google map of the places I have parked and a POI file for Garmin sat navs to help you find them.
I have no idea about buses! Sorry!
Clothes and Equipment
While walking is fun in itself its easy to add some extra interest to a walk. Here are some ideas:
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