Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Rufford Branch)
The Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Rufford Branch) is a broad canal and is part of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. It runs for 7 miles and 2½ furlongs through 8 locks from Lathom Junction (where it joins the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan)) to Tarleton Junction (where it joins the River Douglas).
The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 62 feet long and 14 feet wide. The maximum headroom is 7 feet and 8 inches. The maximum draught is 3 feet and 7 inches.The navigational authority for this waterway is Canal & River Trust
Relevant publications — Waterway Maps:
- Waterway Routes 01M - England and Wales Map
- Waterway Routes 10M - Leeds and Liverpool Canal Map (Downloadable)
Relevant publications — Waterway Guides:
- Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides No 5 - North West & the Pennines
- Pearson's Canal Companion: Leeds & Liverpool - West Yorkshire Waterways
Relevant publications — Waterway Histories:
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Junction with Leeds and Liverpool - Rufford Branch
|Junction Bridge No 1||a few yards||0 locks|
|Lathom Locks No 1 Swing Bridge||¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Lathom Locks No 1||¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Lathom Locks No 1 Footbridge||½ furlongs||1 lock|
|Lathom Lock No 2||¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Lathom Lock No 2 Footbridge||1 furlong||2 locks|
|Runnel Brow Bridge No 2||2 furlongs||2 locks|
|Runnel Brow Lock No 3||2¼ furlongs||2 locks|
|Runnel Brow Lock Footbridge||2¼ furlongs||3 locks|
|Railway Bridge (Wigan to Southport) No 2A||3½ furlongs||3 locks|
|Moss Lock No 4||4¾ furlongs||3 locks|
|Moss Lock Footbridge||5 furlongs||4 locks|
|German's Lock No 5||1 mile and 1¼ furlongs||4 locks|
|German's Bridge No 3||1 mile and 1¼ furlongs||5 locks|
|Chicken Lock No 6||1 mile and 3 furlongs||5 locks|
|Baldwins Bridge No 4||1 mile and 3 furlongs||6 locks|
|Prescott Bridge No 5||1 mile and 5¼ furlongs||6 locks|
|Railway Bridge (Ormskirk to Preston) No 5A||2 miles||6 locks|
|Marsh Meadow Bridge No 6||2 miles and 3 furlongs||6 locks|
|Marsh Meadow Winding Hole||2 miles and 4¼ furlongs||6 locks|
|Rufford Lock No 7||2 miles and 6¾ furlongs||6 locks|
|Rufford Lock Footbridge||2 miles and 7 furlongs||7 locks|
|Fettlers Wharf Marina
Under same ownership as Scarisbrick Marina on the Main Line of the Leeds & Liverpool
|2 miles and 7½ furlongs||7 locks|
|Chapel Bridge No 7
|3 miles||7 locks|
|Rufford Old Hall
Ancient Half Timbered Manor House. National Trust Property
|3 miles and 2¼ furlongs||7 locks|
|Rufford Swing Bridge No 8||3 miles and 4¼ furlongs||7 locks|
|Spark Bridge Sanitary Station||3 miles and 7½ furlongs||7 locks|
|Spark Bridge No 8A||4 miles||7 locks|
|Fearn's Swing Bridge No 9||4 miles and 4¾ furlongs||7 locks|
You now pass straight through the lock onto the canalised route of the River Douglas
|5 miles and 1 furlong||7 locks|
|Strand Bridge No 10
Sollom and the disused lock onto canalised River Douglas
|5 miles and 1¼ furlongs||7 locks|
|Bank Bridge Winding Hole||6 miles and ¼ furlongs||7 locks|
|Bank Bridge No 11
The bridge over the canal and river is Grade II listed
|6 miles and 2¾ furlongs||7 locks|
|Town End Bridge No 12
|6 miles and 6½ furlongs||7 locks|
|Town End Narrows||6 miles and 7½ furlongs||7 locks|
|Tarleton Boat Yard||7 miles and 1¼ furlongs||7 locks|
|Tarleton Lock Footbridge||7 miles and 2 furlongs||7 locks|
Tidal lock to the River Douglas
|7 miles and 2¼ furlongs||7 locks|
Junction of Rufford Branch and River Douglas
|7 miles and 2½ furlongs||8 locks|
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Navigation closure notice: Rufford Branch (Leeds & Liverpool Canal), Navigation: Closed, Towpath: Open - Lock 8, River Lock — from Monday the 12th of November, 2018 to Tuesday the 12th of November, 2019.
Update on 11/12/2018:
Works are ongoing to facilitate a dewatered inspection of the cill. The inspection is vital for gaining more understanding of the works needed to repair the issue.
The local team will continue to monitor water levels on the Rufford Branch.
A further update will be provided once the inspection has taken place.
Please be advised emergency works are needed to the cill at Lock 8, River Lock on the Rufford Branch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. This has resulted in our team installing stop planks. The lock is now closed to navigation.
Our staff are on site maintaining the water levels.
We will provide an update once we have further information.
Wikipedia has a page about Leeds and Liverpool Canal
The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is a canal in Northern England, linking the cities of Leeds and Liverpool. Over a distance of 127 miles (204 km), it crosses the Pennines, and includes 91 locks on the main line. It has several small branches, and in the early 21st century a new link was constructed into the Liverpool docks system.