Before Construction Started
A virtual flight down the route.
These photographs were taken, in a generally western direction, for British Waterways in early 2001 and show the route of the Link before work started. Because the sun is low in the sky the shadows emphasise features of the land surface. They are of much better quality than my original series, two of which are retained at the end.
Another series will be added soon showing the partly completed navigation.
This view is looking west from over the northern part of Haslam Park. The Savick brook flows from the bottom left, through the trees to the centre of the photograph and then under Tom Benson Way and the Preston-Blackpool railway line. It then meanders in a valley of rough grassland, between housing estates, where lock five will be built.
The Lancaster Canal curves away around the estate to the right of the photograph. The three-rise staircase of locks six, seven & eight and the upper mooring basin will be in the two fields to the north-east of Tom Benson Way. The junction will be opposite the first of the the three white-painted houses.
This is the section between the railway bridge and Savick Way with Ashton High School in the top left corner. Lock five will be built parallel with the footpath across the meander in the centre of this view. The area around the original course of the brook will become a habitat reserve.
This photograph shows the section between Savick Way and Lea Road with Savick County Primary School being left of centre. Lock four will be built in the triangle of rough grassland in the upper part of the view. The area around the extensive meanders along the original course of the brook will become a habitat reserve.
A closer view of the site of lock four which will be built in the triangle of rough grassland in the lower part of the view. Old meanders can be clearly seen alongside the present course of the brook beyond Lea Road.
This wider view includes the site of lock three to be built across the gentle meander a short distance up-stream from the golf course access bridge. This bridge is partly hidden under the left of the trees in the upper part of the view. Once again old meanders can be clearly seen alongside the present course of the brook beyond Lea Road.
The Savick Brook flows from bottom left to top right between Ashton & Lea Golf Club on the right and the BNFL sports field on the left. The bridge leading to New House Farm and the golf club can be seen by the trees towards the bottom of the photograph. The site of lock two-A is to the left of the brook in the field at the top of the photograph.
The site of lock two-A is about one-third of the way up this view just to the left of the brook in the arable field. Darkinson Lane foul sewer crosses the brook near the hedge at the far side of the golf course. In the field beyond the hedge old meanders and ox-bow lakes can again be made out. Blackpool Road is in the top left corner.
The second farm access bridge, which will be replaced, is at the end of the track running down from Blackpool Road which is, once again, in the top left corner. The derelict farm bridge is at the end of the straight lane flanked by hedges in the upper right corner. The site of lock two is in the field between the line of trees and the brook at the top of this photograph.
Here we are looking south-west. The site of lock two is in the field across the brook from the electricity pylon. The derelict first farm bridge is at the end of the straight lane flanked by hedges running from the lower right corner to the brook. Although there is no sign of it from this height much rubbish is deposited in this area by high tides. The structures in the middle distance are the BNFL pumping station where two pipes cross the brook. The Lea Gate Hotel and Blackpool Road are in the top left corner.
Looking south, a closer view of the brook where it meanders around the BNFL pumping station, the Lea Gate Hotel, and a large reed bed before flowing under Blackpool Road bridge. The Deepdale brook flows in from the right just up-stream of the sharp bend opposite the reed bed.
This view is looking west along Blackpool Road at high tide. The Savick Brook flows around the back of the Lea Gate Hotel, between the Deepdale brook out-fall & the reed bed at the top right and then under Blackpool Road bridge before swinging east and then south to its confluence with the Ribble. Lock one will be in the channel towards the left of this view.
The two photographs below were taken earlier and have been retained from the previous version of this page.
The confluence of the Savick brook and the Ribble at low tide. The Ribble is
on the right, Lea Marsh is to the top left, Lancashire County Council waste
tip is in the lower part of the photograph. The object at the bottom left is
the trailing edge of the starboard wing.
The confluence of the Douglas and the Ribble from the south. The Five Mile Perch is in the middle left of the photograph, at the end of the training wall running out from the eastern bank of the Douglas.
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Last Revised: Sun 6th January 2002
Copyright © 1998-2002 by John Clegg, the Ribble Link Trust Ltd. and British Waterways.
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