A Group of walkers have hit out at the “disgusting” piles of rubbish they were faced with at a beauty spot.
The walkers from Preston were faced with a “dumping ground” on land close to bridge number 30 along the Lancaster Canal in Catforth, near Woodplumpton.
And some of the rubbish dumped, which included bricks and bale wrappings, had ended up in the water.
One member of the walking group, Jerry Smith, said: “Our group went for a lovely weekend ramble on Saturday and Sunday, down the Lancaster Canal.
“What we saw on our way for lunch, was a disgusting sight.
“At bridge number 30 on the waterways guide, we found a dumping ground. There was old black wrappings from a huge stack of bales, old bricks falling into the water, the plastic was blowing around everywhere, sticking to the hedgerows, trees and the bridge and it was also falling into the canal. What happens to the unfortunate wildlife and birds, and the fish and water birds, when they get tangled and poisoned by the rubbish?
“We are supposed to love and care for our countryside.
“We walked up this way two years ago and do not remember it being like this, but I think from the horrendous mess it has been there a while.”
The clerk of Woodplumpton Parish Council, Julie Buttle, said she was not aware of the problem, but encouraged people who see rubbish dumped to report it.
She said: “The bottom line is people have got to let us know, once we know we can deal with it. The parish council does have a person to assist with things like this.”
She said people could also contact her through the Woodplumpton Parish Council website.
A spokesman for Preston Council added: “We have been made aware of the situation and our waste enforcement officer will visit the site to investigate.
“Should the council be able to prove who is responsible, it is possible that enforcement action may be taken against them.
“Anyone with any information should contact the council’s litter line on 01772 906909.”
A Canal and River Trust spokesperson said: “This rubbish is someone else’s legal responsibility, but we have to pick up the bill for clearing it up from the canal and as a charity this has a real impact on the money that our staff and volunteers have to use elsewhere on important work to look after the waterways.
“The thousands of pounds that we have to spend clearing up other people’s rubbish is money that could be much better spent upgrading facilities on the waterways, enhancing habitats for wildlife or helping the local community to improve their local waterway.”