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Preston

The Lancaster Canal at Preston, which was shortened by half a mile some years ago, now begins on an embankment near the Ashton Basin. Arlen Hire Boats are based in Ashton basin where you can rent narrow boats and day boats. There is are also long term moorings, winter storage facilities, a slipway and toilets. It then runs West towards bridge 12, through urban areas onto Salwick moorings, still administered by the Duchy of Lancaster. On one side of the canal is Salwick Hall, complete with moat. On the other side lies Salwick railway station. The canal then turns North, through a cutting passed a canal side public house at bridge 26, originally called The Clifton Arms but known as The Hand & Dagger, it was renamed following modernisation. At bridge 29, Kellet's Bridge the navigation then turns to the East onto to Catforth. At bridge 32, Swillbrook Bridge there is Pendle Marine and Bumbles who do Day Boat Hire & Party Cruises (Tel: 01772-691010). The owners house was originally an old canal cottage and stables, used for the towing horses.