Leeds-Liverpool canal to reopen after drought
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.