The Ribble Link-Rufford Branch route is tidal Boats should carry as a minimum; anchor/chain/warp/VHF radio or mobile phone/lifejackets/fire fighting equipment/coastal flares. Check your boat insurance covers tidal waters.
For help whilst navigating the River Ribble, please contact- Preston Riverway Control on VHF Channel 16 or telephone 01772 726871.
Ribble Link Locks Length 72ft (21.9m). Beam 14ft.3 (4.27m). Headroom 7ft 8in (2.3m). Draught 4ft (1.2m). but a tight turn restricts passage to long narrowboats or short broad-beam boats - long, broad-beam boats may not be able to pass.
Owners of broad-beam boats should contact the Canal and River Trust for more details. Anything up to 10ft is the recommended maximum beam, due to restrictions at the Sewer Pipe crossing. All lengths can be lowered if required, though this would be dependent on inspection by the operational staff.
Extreme caution must be taken when Cruising down the River Ribble from the Dock and the Ribble Link , on your left side (port side) approx 3.5 miles down River, the Perch has broken off and the Stump lies in waiting for a unexpected Boat. stay away from your lefthand side (portside) and you should be alright. When sailing to the Dock and the Ribble Link stay away from your righthand side (starboard) have a safe journey.