At 127 miles long from end to end, the widebeamed Leeds and Liverpool Canal was the longest single canal ever opened in Britain. Part 1 covers the Eastern section from Leeds up to the summit tunnel at Foulridge. The canal places a whole string of Yorkshire manufacturing towns firmly on the waterways map; Leeds, Shipley, Bingley, Saltaire, Keighley & Skipton. It follows Airedale and thrusts up onto the Pennines via the spectacular 2-rise, 3-rise and 5-rise of locks at Bingley. Finally, it enters the Foulridge Tunnel. Part 2 covers the Western section from the summit tunnel at Foulridge right down into Liverpool itself. The programme includes the Leigh branch and the Rufford branch. The mainly industrial character of this Western section is completely different from the vast open spaces on the other side of the tunnel. We descend through the cotton towns of Nelson and Burnley to cross the latter at rooftop level on a spectacular straight embankment. The Blackburn waterfront has been greatly improved in recent years. Wigan Pier is a major tourist attraction where history has been brought alive. The Pier itself is a Music Hall joke that has been brilliantly exploited and still leaves people wondering where it is. The last 35 miles into Liverpool are remarkably scenic, skirting past Aintree racecourse on the way.