A long and successful history...
The Bridgewater Canal was constructed to transport the Duke of Bridgewater's coal from his mine at Worsley efficiently and cheaply to the rapidly expanding towns and cities.
The 65km (39 mile) broad beam canal is the strategic link between the North and South canal network stretching from Runcorn to Leigh. The first section of the canal crossed the River Irwell by means of a unique stone aqueduct constructed over the river Irwell, later replaced by the equally famous Barton Swing aqueduct over the Manchester Ship Canal
In its heyday the canal carried more than 3 million tonnes of traffic, today it forms part of the popular boat cruising route known as the Cheshire Ring.
The Bridgewater Way
The Bridgewater Way is a regeneration project that will create a leisure route for walkers and cyclists along the historic Bridgewater Canal. The project is a fresh approach to the use of the towpath as a connection between communities around the Mersey Basin and the North West.