The northern reach between Tewitfield and Kendal closed in 1955 and is no longer navigable; one can see in the foreground that it's extremely shallow. However, British Waterways still maintains the towpath and basic integrity of the channel, so it could conceivably be dredged and reopened.
This scene may look tranquil, but the West Coast main railway line (London to Glasgow/Edinburgh) is in the dip to the immediate left of the canal, beyond the fence, whilst the M6 motorway, the main road route from London to Carlisle, is ~400 m to the right. That point also marks the county boundary between Lancashire and Cumbria.
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