The Wyre Aqueduct was built in 1797 and is situated close to Garstang Basin.  It was designed by the architect of the more famous Lune Aqueduct, canal engineer John Rennie.

The Wyre Aqueduct

The aqueduct is 110 feet long and in a single span carries the Lancaster Canal 34 feet above the River Wyre, which meets the sea at Fleetwood. It is made of sandstone blocks which are set in bands with alternating  rough ‘rock’ faces, and smooth ‘furrowed’ faces.

The Lancaster Canal being carried by the aqueduct

The Lancaster Canal originally ran from Preston to Kendal and did not link up with the rest of the canal network. This situation changed when, in 2002, it was connected to the River Ribble by the newly built Ribble Link.

The River Wyre below the aqueduct

Site visited by A. and R. Bowden 2019


There is a bridge that gives access onto the Lancaster Canal at Kepple Lane in Garstang. For a map see the Canal and River Trust website here


Greenhalgh Castle

Garstang Toll House and Roman Milestone


Life on the Lancaster Canal, Janet Rigby (2006), Landy Publishing

On site interpretation boards