The next page contains a similar set of photographs showing the partly completed navigation.
The Savick Brook meanders past the BNFL pumping station and flows around the back of the Lea Gate Hotel, between the Deepdale brook out-fall & the brightly coloured reed bed and then under Blackpool Road bridge before swinging east and then south to its confluence with the Ribble.
The site of lock two is in the field between the two electricity pylons. The derelict first farm bridge is at the end of the straight lane flanked by hedges running from the upper left 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 centre are the BNFL pumping station where two pipes cross the brook. The Lea Gate Hotel and Blackpool Road are at the right hand side.
The site of lock two is in the field between the brook and the electricity pylon at the bottom of this photograph. The derelict farm bridge is at the end of the straight lane flanked by hedges at the lower left-hand side. The second farm access bridge, which will be replaced, is just below the centre of the view at the end of the track running down from Blackpool Road which is in the bottom right corner.
Lock two-A will be constructed across the meander in the top corner of the ploughed field. The golf course footbridge is at the end of the line of trees leading from the Lea housing estate and the golf course access bridge, which will also be replaced, is in the top right corner.
Lock two-A will be constructed across the meander in the top corner of the ploughed field. The golf course footbridge is at the end of the line of trees leading from the north-western corner of the Lea housing estate and the golf course access bridge crosses the brook at the end of the lane at the far side of the BNFL sports ground.
Lock three will be built in the first bend in the brook to the east of the golf course access bridge. This is the only lock to be built 'in the wet' and a new by-wash channel will be cut on the northern side. The site of lock four is in the light-brown coloured area beyond Lea Road which runs across the top of the photograph.
Old meanders can be clearly seen in the field between the golf course access bridge and Lea Road. The site of lock four is in the triangular, light-brown coloured area beyond Lea Road. The tight S-bends and Savick Way can be seen above the white buildings of Savick County Primary School. Beyond Savick Way a straightish section leads to the site of lock five where the present meanders will become the by-wash channel of the lock.
The Lancaster Canal can be seen in the upper left between the Savick Estate and the University of Central Lancashire Sports Ground.
Beyond lock five a new cut will take the channel to the railway and Tom Benson Way bridges. At the other side a turning basin will be excavated to enable boats to turn at the bottom of the three-rise staircase locks. These will be constructed along the line of the new access road which can be seen in the field alongside Tom Benson Way. A mooring basin will be excavated in the field, between the top lock and the Lancaster Canal, just below the estate of white houses.
Last Revised: Tue 5th March 2002
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