Free canal boat trips over the Lune Aqueduct

FREE boat trips along the Lune Aqueduct are being offered by British Waterways to celebrate the birthday of the structure’s chief engineer.

The trips will take place on Tuesday June 7 on what would mark Mr Rennie’s 250th Birthday.

David Hennessey, community project manager for British Waterways, said: “The trips are great fun and it is a great way to remember such a great man who has done so much for the boating industry.”

The trips will be taking place at 11.30am and 2.30pm on Budgie Boats from Aldcliffe Road, Lancaster, and are being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) which awarded British Waterways £1millon pounds towards plans to transform the 200 year old Grade 1 listed Lune Aqueduct.

The Lancaster Canal was built during the 1790s with John Rennie being appointed as its Chief Engineer. Built between 1794-97, and possibly the singular best piece of Rennie’s work, the Lune Aqueduct is the most impressive feature of the whole canal, carrying it 50 feet above the River Lune of over 600ft.

For those wishing to book a trip should contact David Hennessey on 07500606030 or visit