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Guide to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal

The Yorkshire Dales

The longest single canal in Britain and yet the least crowded, this canal is noted for its Yorkshire Dales scenery and famous canal landmarks such as the Bingley Five Rise locks. A one week holiday includes the best rural parts of the canal across the Pennines.

Distance, Time, and Locks

68 miles, about 40 hours cruising, 52 locks

A week allows ample time to cover the central section of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal around the historic market town of Skipton, 'Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales'.

Cruising the Leeds - Liverpool Canal

Bingley Five RiseTravel west from our Bases in the Skipton area and pass through the beautiful and dramatic scenery of the Dales countryside with its rugged moorland, limestone caves and gorges.

Turn at Foulridge and return past Skipton, with its 900 year old castle and ancient street market, towards the Bronte country around Keighley.

Take a steam train along the 'Railway Children' line to Haworth and its Parsonage, home of the Bronte sisters. Further east along the canal reach Bingley Five Rise, a staircase of 5 locks lifting the canal 60 feet from the Aire valley. If time permits, cruise to Saltaire, the Victorian village built by Sir Titus Salt for his workers, and visit the David Hockney exhibition in the former Salt's Mill.

In a more energetic week it may be possible to cruise as far as the thriving city of Leeds, mooring outside the new Royal Armouries attraction.

Leeds Royal Armouries on the Pennine section of the Leeds-Liverpool canal

Possible Holidays on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Click on a boat base below for more information and possible routes from that base.

Canal Holidays near Skipton from Base 13

Holidays in the UK, Bowers Wharf, Skipton, BD23 2PD