The Trust

About The Trust

Since its formation in 1963 as the Association for the Restoration of the Lancaster Canal, the Trust’s main objective has been to restore, and reopen to navigation, the length of the canal from Tewitfield, just north of Carnforth, to Kendal. In addition, the Trust aims to increase awareness and promote interest amongst all users of this historic and beautiful waterway, be they boaters, walkers, cyclists, or anglers.

As well as working towards full restoration, the Trust is committed to the ongoing maintenance of our existing heritage. As a result of the efforts of the Trust many of the original structures have been protected, further losses of cruising waterway have been successfully resisted, notably in Preston, and improvements have been made to the towpath by erecting interpretative panels at various sites along the canal.

Lancaster Canal Trail signage. The Trail was officially opened in 2008.

A number of studies have been carried out recently as part of the process to apply for funding for the restoration of the Northern Reaches. This process is still going on, and we hope that the current proposals for a three-phase restoration scheme will be successful.

The Trust pursues a participative and collaborative approach, and works in conjunction with various bodies including; local authorities, county councils, British Waterways and representatives from canal users, (many of whom are affiliated to the Trust). The Trust is a registered charity affiliated to the Inland Waterways Association.

Funding for our own projects is raised from donations, grants and from our sales stand, which we take to both local and national events.

New members are always welcome as help is needed in various ways so that we can achieve the goal of reopening the canal to Kendal.

Hincaster horse path tunnel restoration completed in 2009
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