We want to hear your views
Please read the supporting information below and then click the link to complete the survey
The Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership have commissioned a feasibility study for the Lancaster Canal Towpath Trail – an all-ability trail for walking, cycling, pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters along the route of the Lancaster Canal between Lancaster and Kendal. As part of the study we would like your views on what improvements are most important.
Why are we consulting?
The LCRP has a vision for a multi-user accessible trail from Kendal to Lancaster using the existing canal towpath alignment where possible. We have commissioned a transport consultancy to undertake a feasibility study which will help us to prepare a plan and seek the funding required.
If implemented, the trail would provide a safe, enjoyable, and direct route between Lancaster and Kendal, which would likely result in an increase in use for both active travel and healthy leisure time activity.
Accessing the countryside and being near water is known to provide great benefits to people's health and wellbeing and being able to do this close to home increases a sense of place, belonging and pride in local communities. We believe the Lancaster Canal Towpath is an underused asset for everyone to enjoy, particularly people with limited mobility who might struggle to get out elsewhere, but can negotiate flat routes provided by canal towpaths.
Through various links onto and off the trail, it would be accessible to local communities and could support their economies by increasing visitors to attractions such as open spaces and businesses.
This consultation provides you with the opportunity to tell us what improvements you think are needed to make the Lancaster Canal Towpath more accessible, enjoyable and important to local communities and visitors.
The feedback will be used to inform a final study report that will be presented to the LCRP and its partners.
Lancaster Canal route alignment
The Lancaster Canal passes through a variety of environments, from an urban beginning at the canal head in Kendal, through woodland and open countryside, before joining the water between Hincaster and Stainton. From here south there is a more established towpath through to Lancaster, apart from a couple of minor sections such as the crossing of the M6 motorway near Holme.
We want to celebrate and protect the rich heritage and natural environment of the canal, so its's important the trail takes the landscape into account and remains as rural and attractive as possible - whilst providing a suitable surface that is usable for all abilities and age groups.
How to get involved?
To have your say on the proposed multi-use trail from Kendal to Lancaster, please use the link above to complete a survey. This should take no more than 5 minutes unless you have specific comments to make.
Why is this consultation online only?
In usual circumstances, this consultation would provide an opportunity to visit a consultation event and discuss the matter with our officers and consultants. Due to the Covid-19 situation it is difficult to arrange public gatherings.
If you wish to discuss the study with the consultants directly, virtual meetings can be arranged using Microsoft Teams. Please contact us to request this via the link below.
What happens next?
The survey closes on 2nd July 2021.
The transport consultants working with the LCRP will prepare a summary report outlining the consultation response. This will be published on the website and made available by request. The consultants will then prepare a feasibility report into the findings of the whole study for LCRP to consider and then plan how to take the project forward. At this stage, no funding is available to deliver the trail, but we hope the study will help LCRP access this.