.First Furlong
Meet at STAINTON at 9.30 each day

Work on building a gabion wall is now complete, the bed cleared and the ramp under the bridge removed. This clears the way to lay the final section of liner.
The roll of rubber liner has been placed in the correct position and, once a layer of geotextile has been laid, it can be rolled out on top and positioned ready for jointing. The aim is to make this the first job on Saturday morning and it would be really great if we had a good number of volunteers for the task.
Please try to come along, even if you can only make it for the morning.

Further tasks are a) to complete sealing the liner at its edges with the transition walls and bridge abutments at Br 172 and 173 and b) there are also areas along the towpath side were the profile infill needs further work.

A second weekend work party is planned for the Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th Oct.
The off bank profile needs to be cleared in preparation for raising the level of the lining and a number of extension pieces have been cut in readiness. These need to be checked and moved along the bank. Once in place they can be sealed in place. If necessary more pieces to be cut from the material at the cabin. By this weekend the rubber lining will have been jointed meaning that the final layer of blocks can be put down and the whole section will be finished.


i.Wakefields Wharf
     I am trying to organise a work party for Wednesday the 9th October . I am asking Boat crew to help with this as it is in our area of interest and is a one off exercise. The aim will be to clear the overgrowth on the wharf and generally tidy up the area. Although most of the work will be with hand tools I will need a strimmer operative and the strimmer certification for it beforehand for CRT as we are working on their land. Please reply to me by email if you can help, we probably need four to six people maximum and if the 9th is not OK please suggest alternatives ( but not the first week in October as I am away then)

Thanks. Ian Treanor

Email: ian.treanor@live.co.uk>;


First Furlong
Meet at STAINTON at 9.30 each day
As a bit of a celebration, and in keeping with the season, we’ll have home made mince pies and mulled wine on hand!
We’ve achieved a massive amount over the past year, often in less than ideal circumstances (which at times was something of an understatement!), and it’s a real credit to all our stalwart ‘navvies’. Peter needs a special thanks as he’s been the one keeping the pumps running all year so that water levels are low enough for us to work in (never above wellie tops!) – well done all!!!

Now to the work for this weekend:
A trench has been dug along the line of the gabions and up the off bank and now needs the liner to be slotted into it and packed with puddling clay which has been donated by Kiers. We’ll have moved sufficient for the task on to site from theirs during the week.

Once the above is completed the last of the blocks can be laid up the banks. We’ll also do a general tidy up so when the stop planks are in place we can start filling the length with water.

Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome. We will provide whatever protective clothing is required for the job in hand (hard hats, hi-vis jackets and work gloves) if you don't have your own. We advise that you bring warm clothes, waterproofs, sturdy boots or wellies and a packed lunch with drinks
PLEASE let me know if you can attend - this is important in case details change, a quick email to chair@lctrust.co.uk is all that’s needed.

winter 2The view on Sunday at the end of the day. This is as far as the linings are to go. The remaining blocks are to fill in on the banks once the lining has been sealed to the transition walls.


Walk on the Lancaster Canal, 1st of February 2020

You will remember that there was a walk on part of the Lancaster Canal near Johnsons Hillock Locks in March 2019. This walk was led by Bill Froggatt from Canal and River Trust and was part of the IWA Region social meeting.
People who took part in the walk found it very interesting and many said they would like to do it again but maybe a little further, so we have arranged another walk to do just that.
This walk will be led by Nigel Hardacre from the Lancaster Canal Trust and IWA, Nigel has done the walk many times, it takes a circular route ‘down’ the 6 locks, at Johnsons Hillock, and then turns onto the ‘old’ Walton summit branch (former Lancaster canal).

There is an option at this point for those who do not want the longer walk to return to the Top Lock pub, this will make a smaller 1.5 mile route.

The main 6 mile route then follows footpaths and goes alongside the dry canal bed, now filled in and then takes the M61 subway tunnel, and under the old canal bed /aqueduct where the river Lostock flows through. We will be able to see both Whittle Hills tunnels as the route continues through Whittle to the old Duke of York basin.

After this, there is more dry canal bed and we see less of the route, passing a Lime Kiln and circling round to join the road that takes us back over the M61 where it cuts its way through the hills, in Brindle. The highest point of the route affords good views of Lancashire, and further afield. We will pass through ‘Top O th’ Lane’ and head back towards the Leeds and Liverpool Canal as we cross the valley of the river Lostock.

The last part continues back along the towpath to the Top Lock pub. The walk is 6 miles in total although there is the shorter version mentioned above.

The Top Lock pub have kindly agreed that we can leave our cars there although there is some street parking as well and we hope that some of us will have a drink and possibly food before and/or after the walk. The Top Lock serves breakfast from 10am until 12 and other food from 12 onwards all day.

Hiking boots are essential and please wear appropriate outdoor clothing/waterproofs, it is February after all.

This is a pleasant walk and Winter gives the best views, as with so many trees, the tunnels can be seen better at this time.

Meet at the Top Lock which is open from 10am for an 11am start.

It is possible to just turn up for the walk but it would be better if you can let me know you are coming so we have an idea of numbers and it would help if you can give me your mobile number case of any problems.

My phone number is 07763561572 and my email is delwendwhm@btinternet.com or wendy.humphreys@waterways.org.uk

LCT Site Locations:

First Furlong – Stainton, Viver Lane, LA8 0LG
https://www.lctrust.co.uk/activities/stainton-car-park/view-map?tmpl=component... Hincaster Tunnel – Well Head Lane (by bridge under A590) Grid Reference SD 5139 8510 Millness Depot – A65 Crooklands (by bridge under M6) Grid Reference SD 5371 8303
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