Great Britain » Bridgewater Canal | England
One part of the connection Manchester – Liverpool
Bridgewater Canal | England: Characteristics & Overview
Rating of waterway
|Length of waterway:||45 km|
|Lock dimensions:||21.30 x 4.50|
|Max. depth:||1.20||Max. headroom:||3.30|
|Degree of difficulty:||Some experience is an advantage|
|Character of waterway:||with urban surroundings|
|Profile of waterway:||Commercial traffic and tourism|
Waterway has access to:Ashton Canal & Peak Forest Canal | England
Leeds & Liverpool Canal | England
Manchester Ship Canal | England
Trent & Mercey Canal | England
Weaver Navigation | England
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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