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Tewitfield Marina, Lancaster Canal

Accessible to all craft kept on the connected inland waterways

Silver Propeller Challenge


Carnforth, Lancashire

Visit Tewitfield Marina on the Lancaster Canal by boat or canoe.

It has been chosen as a Silver Propeller Location due to its isolation and the small number of visiting boats. A picture of your boat at the terminus or at Tewitfield Marina would be a 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 Lancaster Canal

The first part of the Lancaster Canal to open was from old Ashton Basin in Preston to Tewitfield in 1797, a distance of 42 ¼ miles.  The northern section to Canal Head in Kendal, with 8 locks at Tewitfield, was not completed until 1819 making the canal 57.0 miles (91.8 km) long.  The Lancaster Canal was originally intended to link Kendal with Westhoughton, northwest of Manchester. Two isolated sections of canal were built but the linking portion with an aqueduct over the River Ribble was never finalised.  As a temporary measure a tramway with three steam powered inclines linked the two sections.  This became a permanent arrangement and when the tramway was abandoned in 1864 the isolated southern section was incorporated into the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

The Lancaster Canal remained separated from the main network until Britain’s newest waterway, the Millennium Ribble Link, was opened in 2002.

At present, the northern reaches of the canal from Tewitfield to Kendal are derelict with restoration proposed.  About a miles of canal in Preston is also derelict and not proposed for restoration.

There is a branch to Glasson plus a tidal sea lock.  The Ribble Link joins the main line 1.5 miles (2.4km) out of Preston, and connects to the Ribble Estuary, and then to the connected national network via the river Douglas and Rufford Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

[The photo shows Tewitfield Marina, at the northern end of the navigable Lancaster Canal  –  by Nigel Hardacre]

Notes for visitors


Postcode: LA6 1JH

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Boat Dimensions

The maximum size of boat that can navigate the Lancaster Canal is:

Length: 77′ 11″ (23.75 metres) – Lock 2 Glasson Branch (no structural length restrictions on the navigable main line).
Beam: 16′ 0″ (4.88 metres) – Bridge 79 (Cockerham Road Bridge)
Height: 8′ 2″ (2.50 metres) – bridge at Lock 2 Glasson Branch
Draught: 4′ 6″ (1.37 metres) – cill at Lock 2 Glasson Branch

Access to the Lancaster Canal via the Ribble Link is tidal, subject to a planned timetable for passage in each direction and must be booked in advance.
The Sea Lock at Glasson is operated by Lancaster Ports Commission.

Canoeing, Hire Boats and Trip Boats

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

Also see…

The Lune Aqueduct is an impressive Grade 1 listed structure to the east of the City of Lancaster.

Challenge Location

Tewitfield Marina

Lancaster Canal

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