Welcome to the Ribble Link Trust.

The Ribble Link
-Rufford Branch route is tidal
Boats should carry as a minimum; anchor/chain/warp/VHF radio or mobile
phone/lifejackets/fire fighting equipment/coastal flares. Check your boat insurance covers tidal waters.

For help whilst navigating the River Ribble, please contact- Preston Riverway Control on
VHF Channel 16 or telephone 01772 726871.

Rufford Branch Locks
Length 62ft 18.90m
Beam 14ft 3in 4.34m
Headroom 8ft 2.44m

Ribble Link Locks
Length 72ft (21.9m). Beam 14ft.3 (4.27m).
Headroom 7ft 8in (2.3m). Draught 4ft (1.2m).
but a tight turn restricts passage to long narrowboats or short broad-beam boats - long, broad-beam boats may not be able to pass.

Owners of broad-beam boats should contact the Canal  and River Trust for more details.
Anything up to 10ft is the recommended maximum beam, due to restrictions at the Sewer Pipe crossing. All lengths can be lowered if required, though this would be dependent on inspection by the operational staff.
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                Website and Photography by Robert Leeming.
The only Canal to be built for Leisure purposes.
History in the making, John Young & Cliff Fazackerly-BBC
Photos taken by Robert Leeming.
New book written by
Cliff Fazackely
RLT Chairman
  "The Millennium Ribble Link" is available now to buy on
After 2 years on and off, I have finally finished my book entitled ‘The Millennium Ribble Link’
It includes the history of the Lancaster canal and why the Ribble Link was formed and also the hard work that was done by the committee and all the people who got involved in the construction. It includes numerous photographs illustrating before, during and after construction.
It has been published by Amazon and is available in paperback or e version. Enjoy

Click picture for link to Amazon