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Ribble Link

The Ribble Link was built with millennium funding and opened in 2002.

Things to do nearby

Himalayan Balsam flower

Facts & Stats

4 miles

The length of the Ribble Link that is navigable.

9 locks


Year opened

The link was built with millennial funding.

Accessible from the Lancaster Canal

The Ribble Link provides a waterway connection to the Lancaster Canal from the River Douglas and the Rufford Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.  Passage must be arranged with Canal & River Trust in advance. 

[Photo left shows a boat out on the Ribble Estuary; the tile photo shows the top of the three lock staircase]

Waterway notes

Navigation Authority

Useful Info

Passage is free but can be booked up some months in advance so early booking is advised.

Local Events

Waterway underfunding

Hundreds of miles of waterways – along with their unique heritage and habitats – are currently starved of funding and rely on constant lobbying by us to safeguard their future.

Sustainable Boating

We want boating on canals and rivers to be more sustainable and – even though the current overall contribution to UK carbon emissions is very small – we want to help reduce emissions on the waterways.

Waterways Heritage at Risk

Britain’s canals and rivers are a unique, living heritage. But that heritage is at risk – from urban development, lack of protection, loss of skills and knowledge and climate change.

You can help Save Waterways Heritage.

Waterway restoration

Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.

Local activities