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12 photos that capture the true beauty of the Bridgewater Canal

PUBLISHED: 09:01 09 August 2016 | UPDATED: 20:39 26 January 2018

Bridgewater Canal, Oughtrington by Ron Sutton

Bridgewater Canal, Oughtrington by Ron Sutton


Our readers capture the seasons along one of Cheshire’s most important waterways.

The Bridgewater Canal is a thirty-nine-mile canal stretching from Runcorn to Leigh in the North West of England. Constructed over 250 years ago by the Duke of Bridgewater, it is considered to be the first true canal in England.

The Canal was constructed to transport the Duke of Bridgewater’s coal from his mine at Worsley efficiently and cheaply to the expanding towns and cities nearby. At its peak, over 3 million tonnes of traffic used the Bridgewater Canal. Nowadays it is a leisure waterway popular with many cruising boaters.

Bridgewater Canal is a perfect day out; from cruising about on boats and waterside strolls to nearby cosy pubs and picnic spots.

The Bridgewater Canal towpath is a route which is all one level and you can walk all the way from one of the Canal to the other if you wanted.

The towpath provides a very pleasant walking route with plenty to see along the way, such as many architectural features dating back to when the Canal was first built including the packet boat steps at Worsley and Stockton Heath which were the canal bus stops in those days when travelling by road was difficult if not impossible at times, to original hump back canal bridges and turnover bridges where the towpath changes sides necessary to transfer the tow horse from one bank to the other safely.

There are also a number of well-known tourist attractions to be found along the Bridgewater Canal including, Worsley Delph, Barton Aqueduct, intu Trafford Centre, EventCity, Museum of Science & Industry, Walton Park, Dunham Massey, Walton Hall & Garden, Norton Priory Museum and Gardens and The Brindley.

Why don’t you upload your images of the Bridgewater Canal to the reader photo gallery?

All uploaded photos will be entered into our 2016 Cheshire Life reader photo competition and we feature the best ones in the magazine every month.

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