Walton Summit Branch Maps

Ths south end of the Lancaster Canal was once linked to what we now call the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at the foot of Johnson’s Hillock Locks. The link was by means of a tramway, at the northern end, and a canal at the southern end. Both have been abandoned, with just the short stub end of the branch remaining at Johnson’s Hillock.

Route covered by my Walton Summit Branch Maps.

I’ve produced another of my free maps showing the route, although I had trouble deciding what to call it and eventually settled on referring to it as the Walton Summit Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal as that’s the name shown on Old Ordnance Survey Maps.

Extract from my Walton Summit Branch Maps.

As with all of ny extensive range of maps for restoration projects and abandoned canals the Walton Summit Branch Maps are free to download. All maps are available in Acrobat (pdf) format and Memory‑Map (qct) format.

Visit the Walton Summit Branch Maps page for further information and the free download links.

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4 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    Iain: I’ve not heard of Martin Zero. Paul

  2. Iain Chester says:

    Many thanks for the info on this section of canal. My wife and I walked the section of Leeds / Liverpool canal today (20 Oct 2020) from Top Lock at Wheelton to the Botany Bay building and we were intrigued by this “side canal” which was unknown to us. We had wondered if it had served a local old industrial estate and we did not realise that it was the southern end of the Lancaster canal until reading the above data.

    Was the tram line built especially to connect the two canals? And why not connect them by extending the two canals? If you have any info on either of these questions we would be grateful if you can share it.

    Many thanks, and regards.

    • Paul says:

      Iain: The tramway was built as a temporary solution to link the two sections of the Lancaster Canal. Despite this being a busy section of the “canal” the cost of building a very substantial aqueduct to carry the canal over the River Ribble was never justified and, like many temporary solutions, it became permanent.

      There’s more information in the Wikipedia Article Paul

      • Iain Chester says:

        Thanks Paul

        All very interesting info and history my wife and I were unaware of. We mentioned it to my brother-in-law who then told us of someone called Martin Zero who does some canal research around the old Manchester waterways and who has some videos on YouTube. This is a link to a fascination one. Do you know the guy?




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