Degree of difficulty:
Some experience is an advantage
Character of waterway:
with urban surroundings
Profile of waterway:
Commercial traffic and tourism
Wharfs, Marinas, Harbors, Facilities, Houseboat hirers, Restaurants and Shops.
Bridgewater Canal with branch canal to Leigh
As an annex to the Branch canal of Leeds & Liverpool in Leigh, this canal leads over Manchester down to the River Mersey at Runcorn. There is another side arm to Castlefield at Manchester, where the Bridgewater has access to the Rochdale Canal.
It was at first a fast way for the coal of St. Helens to Manchester. Today, it’s a comfortable connection to the southwest of Manchester, where one has access to the Trent & Mersey and the Shropshire Union Canal and therewith to Birmingham and the south of England.
Some people think of the Bridgewater to be the oldest canal of England. This is not correct at all, sorry! The Romans first built the Foss Dyke Canal and the Exeter Ship Canal was also constructed in 1556.
1763 the stretch from Worsley to Manchester was opened and in 1772, the canal was finally navigable all through.
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Navigational notes include: Planning a cruise, using a lock and bridges, winding holes, boatyards and local services. Covers the Aire & Calder and Calder & Hebble navigations and the Bridgewater, Lancaster, Huddersfield Broad and Narrow, Leeds & Liverpool, Macclesfield, Peak Forrest, Ashton, Rochdale and Trent & Mersey (Preston Brook to Kidsgrove) canals. Also: The history of each canal, places of interest, pubs and restaurants, opportunities for walking and cycling. Spiralbounding, size: A5
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To the country
Links on this page and on the detailed map of this waterway.