Leeds-Liverpool canal to reopen after drought

Canal boat
Image caption The UK experienced some of the worst drought conditions for 100 years this summer

The Lancashire stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool canal, which was closed to save water in the summer's drought, is set to reopen.

A 60-mile length of the 127-mile canal was closed to boats from Wigan in Greater Manchester, to Gargrave in North Yorkshire on 2 August.

The stretch between Barrowford and Wigan will re-open on Friday.

The remaining 20-mile section from Barrowford to Gargrave will re-open next Wednesday.

British Waterways closed the canal as the UK was experiencing some of its worst drought conditions for 100 years.

The closure coincided with a hosepipe ban, which was introduced in the north-west of England on 9 July and lasted until 19 August.

The Leeds-Liverpool Canal was used to carry coal, limestone, wool, cotton, grain and other farm produce.

It is now primarily used for leisure boating, walking, angling and cycling.

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