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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.

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