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River Douglas

The River Douglas is navigable for 4 miles.  The River runs from the Leeds & Liverpool Canal – Rufford Branch to the River Ribble.

Facts & Stats


The year the Act of Parliament was passed allowing Thomas Steers and William Squire to make the River Douglas navigable to small ships between Wigan and the River Ribble.


The year the Douglas Navigation was finished.  By 1783 it had been superceded by the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

35 miles

The River Douglas is 35 miles long but navigable for just 4 miles (6.4km) between Tarleton and the River Ribble.