Our free recipe cards feature easy traditional and foraged recipes which evoke life on the Lancaster Canal. Download the recipes, and then all of the family can help make these tasty snacks. This may require visiting your local canal to gather the ingredients! Downloads below.

Read our foraging tips before downloading your recipe cards

  • In our recipe card collection, the green cards require foraged ingredients, along with ingredients readily available from your local shop or supermarket.


  • Turn over to discover more information about the “star ingredient”, including where to find it and how to collect it.


  • The blue cards feature recipes inspired by the history of the Lancaster Canal, and do not require foraged ingredients. 

  • When foraging, only take what you need for each recipe, from areas where your star ingredient is abundant.

  • Forage away from busy roads and traffic fumes.

  • Forage away from potentially unsafe areas e.g. riverbanks, canal locks.

  • Get permission from the landowner if required (you could offer them a share of your culinary creations in return).

  • Forage above knee height where possible, avoiding areas which may have been “watered” by passing dogs. If this is not possible (e.g. when picking wild garlic) make sure to thoroughly rinse ingredients before using.

  • Do not uproot or destroy any plants; take a few leaves or flowers only.

  • Only eat something if you are 100% sure of its identification, and that it is edible. If in any doubt at all, do not eat.

  • Our recipe cards give you some identification tips, but it is always a good idea to double-check using a different identification guide. Field guides are great to help you identify plants and flowers, but there are also some excellent resources available online, including the Woodland Trust websiteWildflower Finder, various apps and social media groups. 

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Enjoy a free Canal Heritage Walk or Boat Trip

Explore the rich history and heritage of the Lancaster Canal by signing up to one of the free Heritage Open Days walks and events our partners have to offer

Let's Explore the Heritage at Stainton and Hincaster on Lancaster Canal 

Friday 17th September, 10.00am - 4.00pm

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The walk is an easy 6 miles along our amazing towpaths with one hill and plenty of stops to look at the canal's stunning heritage infrastructure, including the newly-restored Stainton Aqueduct. The walk is led by the Canal & River Trust local Heritage Advisor.  Sign up on Eventbrite.

Let's Walk... After Dark!

(A Bat Walk for Heritage Open Days) 

Wednesday 15th September, 7.30pm - 9.30pm



Explore the Lancaster Canal after dark, on this easy walk with a difference. The evening will commence with a short talk introducing bats and their behaviour - including their relationship to the waterway, its bridges and tunnels. You will then be shown how to use a bat detector, which will enable you to hear bats. We’ll finish the evening with a walk along the canal to explore Hincaster Tunnel, as we watch and listen for these fascinating creatures of the night!  

Sign up on Eventbrite

Boat Trips on the Northern Reaches of the Lancaster Canal 
Wednesday 15 September: Trips: 10:30, 11:30
Saturday 18 September: Trips: 10:30, 11:30


Enjoy a trip on the scenic northern reaches of the Lancaster Canal. Starting at the stables once used by horses pulling boats on the canal, you will pass the historic Wakefields Wharf built to serve the nearby gunpowder factory at Gatebeck, passing under the Grade 2 Listed bridges over Stainton Aqueduct, which was badly damaged by storm Desmond in 2016 and has now been fully restored.

More information is available on the Heritage Open Days website.

Download our free Heritage Recipe Cards Here