Lancaster Canal - Northern Reaches
The Lancaster Canal Trust’s primary objective is to restore the Northern Reaches of the canal from Tewitfield to Kendal.
For some years the trust has been working on the First Furlong (200m) between bridges 172 and 173 at Stainton, Cumbria. This length has been dug out and lined with geotextile and an EDPM impermeable membrane, with blocks laid on top to hold the lining down and protect it. Above the blocks, the profile has been filled with soil and supports plant growth. The final length of lining has been completed but the off-side profile still has to be filled with earth.
An application has been made to CRT for permission to link into the Millness-to-Stainton section, which is in water and used by LCTs trip-boat Waterwitch. The trust now has to prove to CRT that the lining holds water before it will agree. LCT had hoped to complete this work in 2020 but Covid-19 has delayed it. The work and the tests will be completed in 2021 and then the trust looks forward to planning the next 400m towards Hincaster.
At Hincaster Tunnel LCT has an adoption agreement with CRT and has improved the site of the Scheduled Ancient Monument by exposing the canal bed and stone walls, building another wall, cutting shrubs, improving public access and tidying up the viewing areas with a regular programme of strimming.
Stainton has been approved as an IWA Silver Propeller Challenge point. Thanks to funding arranged by the Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership, the towpath between Hincaster and Stainton, which is a public right of way, has been upgraded to a multi-user path.