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.
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.
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 onAmazon.
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