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Stainton, Northern Reaches of the Lancaster Canal

Accessible for local, portable and trailable craft

Silver Propeller Challenge



Visit Stainton on the Lancaster Canal by boat or canoe.

The Silver Propeller location is the northern limit of navigation at Stainton Crossing Bridge (No 172), beyond the aqueduct, where the Lancaster Canal Trust’s trip boat runs to.  A photo of your boat or canoe at Stainton Crossing Bridge, or a photo of yourself on board the trip boat at the bridge, will be good proof of your visit.

Complete our challenge by visiting 20 locations from our list, you will receive our exclusive plaque and goody bag.



About the Northern Reaches

The Northern Reaches of the Lancaster Canal were severed from the main length of the canal by the building of the M6 motorway.  The M6 crosses the canal three times.  This section of 14.6 miles (23.4km) between Kendal and Tewitfield, including the eight locks, is coincidentally the part opened 18 years after the southern length.

Restoration of the abandoned part of the Lancaster Canal is currently concentrating on extending the navigable portion.  This starts at Millness, the most northerly crossing of the M6 with a culvert for the canal, and runs for almost 2 miles to Stainton.  The current northerly limit of navigation is the dam just before Stainton aqueduct; a listed structure which takes the canal over Stainton Beck.  This will reopen soon taking the length to Stainton Crossing Bridge.  Works to re-line the next 400m of channel are advanced and can be viewed from the towpath.

[Photo shows a canoeist at Stainton  –  by Nigel Hardacre]

Notes for visitors


Postcode: LA8 0LF

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Maximum size of boat

The maximum size of boat that can navigate the Northern Reaches is limited by the slipway for trailable craft at Millness, just by the M6 culvert.  Boats longer than 28ft will struggle to turn at the end.

Canoeing and Trip Boat

Canoeing is encouraged on the Lancaster Canal with a Canal & River Trust licence or British Canoeing membership.

The Lancaster Canal Trust trip boat Waterwitch operates from Crooklands as far as Mattisons Bridge.

Also see…

Visit the listed Hincaster Tunnel with preserved horse path.


Challenge Location


Lancaster Canal, Northern Reaches

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