LANCASTER TRAIL LAUNCHED
A towpath trail is to be created along the northern reaches of the Lancaster Canal, which were abandoned and blocked by the M6 motorway in the 1960s, but are proposed for restoration by the Lancaster Canal Trust. Although some of the canal bed has been filled in, most of the route is clearly identifiable. It is anticipated that the Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership could begin work on the initial £184,000 2½-mile Kendal to Natland length of the all-weather disabled-friendly route as early as autumn 2017. The plan is then to extend south to the current limit of navigation at Tewitfield, adding further support for reopening of the canal to navigation, and then to continue down the navigable length to the Preston terminus.