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The Leeds & Liverpool Canal passes through the town of Burnley and includes the 'Straight Mile', this stretch of canal is carried 60 ft above the town on an embankment and is considered to be one of the 'Seven Wonders' of the UK waterways system.
Although it is called 'The Straight Mile', and is very straight it does measure under a mile long.
The 127-mile long Leeds and Liverpool Canal is thought by many to be the finest in England, with spectacular Pennine views, fascinating staircases of locks and the sturdy architecture of mills, warehouses and cottages.
Constructed between 1770 and 1816 it rapidly became one of the most prosperous canals in the country and played a major part in bringing industry to the towns through which it passed.
The section of canal in the area was one of the most difficult sections to construct. However, it created wealth in the town and provided the much-needed link with the great cities of Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool.