Exploring the Lancaster Canal: a history and guide


Robert has a real talent for ferreting out the kind of history that appeals to people right across the board, young and old.


The Lancaster Canal opened 200 years ago, in 1819. It represented a new and bright future for all those who traded between Preston and Kendal. A vital navigable artery during Britain’s industrial heyday, it was a very comfortable way for passengers to travel throughout north Lancashire.

After many years of service as a working canal, it is now hugely popular with boaters, walkers, and cyclists. One of only a handful of coastal canals in the country, it is accessible and well maintained. It travels through beautiful and varied countryside.

In the first half of this excellent book, author Robert Swain outlines the history of the canal, from its construction, through its trading days, to its demise and then rebirth. Part two points out and explains the hundreds of fascinating features to be seen along its length.

Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the opening, the book is full of interesting facts and beautiful pictures. It is the perfect companion for anyone who wishes to learn about, explore and enjoy the Lancaster Canal.

Author: Robert Swain
Imprint: Palatine Books
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-910837-22-1
Extent: 176 pages
Format: 234 x 156 mm
Illustrations: 129 colour
Pub. date: 13 June 2019

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