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Galgate is a small village situated on the A6 trunk road, which runs almost parallel alongside the canal and the main West London to Glasgow railway line, for a few hundred yards. It is dominated by a major railway cutting and a large arched narrow road bridge. The village, away from the main road, slightly hilly, is quiet and has a 1906 church and the oldest surviving silk spinning mill in England, built in 1792. The is also an older building close to the old mill, originally a corn mill, with cottages close by built for mill workers.
Galgate has some of the nicest public moorings along the Lancaster Canal and are usually full most summer weekends. There is an excellent canal side Craft Centre, Pear Tree Barn, just north of bridge 86. The Craft Centre also boasts a very nice cafe, serving tea, coffee and light lunches. It is well worth a visit, whether arriving by canal or road. Mooring is available for canal craft, alongside an outdoor garden. In Galgate village, can be found a Post office, village stores, a garage and several public houses.
Located in the area of the old mills, about ten minutes walk from the marina, is Martin Yates Marine, suppliers of boats, engines and chandlery. On the other side of the bridge, is the original Galgate Marina, recently closed and to be refurbished by British Waterways shortly. On top a hill between the canal and the main road, British Waterways have one of their regional offices where information can be obtained about the Lancaster Canal and surrounding area.