The Rufford Branch of the Leeds Liverpool Canal leaves the main canal just east of Burscough and connects to the Ribble Estuary via the River Douglas. The towpath, which runs along most of its length provides an ideal way of seeing the gentle countryside of West Lancashire and visiting a number of attractions on the way including Rufford Old Hall. Seven locks drop the canal down to the flat fertile farmland area.
At Sollom the canal turns into the old course of the River Douglas and it twists on towards Tarleton Lock linking the canal, at high water, with the tidal River Douglas flowing into the Ribble.
The Ribble link on the north side of the estuary provides a connection to the Lancaster Canal, which runs from Preston to the north of Lancashire.