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The Bridgewater Canal.

The Bridgewater canal was the first true canal to be built in the UK. It is still unique today it's generous dimensions, wide and deep built for Mersey flats, broad beam working boats. It's straight or gently curving route and, now, a total absence of locks and tunnels. It does however have one of the impassive aqueducts.

The canal now starts right in the city centre of Manchester at Castlefields basin. Winding out through the city with views of the adjacent docks of the Ship Canal and 'Old Trafford', the home of Manchester United while alongside is the latest in Urban transport systems.

It arrives after three miles at the junction of Waters Meet. Here, one branch takes you off to the north, it crosses over the Manchester Ship Canal by the famous swinging aqueduct at Barton and goes through Worsley where it used to disappear underground.. This, at present unavigatable section, took boats direct to the coal faces to collect the coal for Manchester. However the Bridgewater canal continues on past Worsely to join at Leigh, after nine miles the Leigh branch of the Leeds and Liverpool canal providing a route to Liverpool.

The present main line however continues straight on at Waters Meet and after another half a dozen miles works its way out into the countryside. It then stays in the country just passing through through the attractive town of Lymm. Finally after a total run of twenty two mils from Waters Meeting it terminates at entrance to the Preston Brook tunnel in an end on junction with the Trent and Mersey.

However just before the tunnel the Bridgewater canal had diverted off to the East to Runcorn. Here after a further run of five miles a, now closed, flight of locks used to provided connection to the River Mersey, to the docks which developed here and eventually to the Ship Canal.



Unfortunately we will not be on this canal in 2012 during our cruises.

However we are cruising on many other canals and rivers in 2012, details of these cruises can be found at

routes for 2012.


Some pictures of this canal?

Preston Brook to Waters Meet / Waters Meet to Castlefields / Waters Meet to Leigh.
The Runcorn Branch.


More information from Reed Boats about this canal.

A history of this canal.

Find our information about other canals on the canal index page.


We will not be on this canal in 2008


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