The Bridgewater Way

Regenerating the canalside for walkers and cyclists

The Bridgewater Way is a regeneration project which, when completed, will create a 65km (39 mile) leisure route for walkers and cyclist along the Bridgewater Canal.

The works include improving the Canal towpath by creating new access points and where possible widening the surface to allow cycling and making the towpath a safer and more appealing route.

The Bridgewater Way is promoted by the Bridgewater Canal Trust which is a partnership of 8 local authorities and The Peel Group. Funders and supporters include: Peel, Heritage Lottery Fund, Transport for Greater Manchester, Sustrans, Big Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Halton Borough Council, Manchester City Council, Salford City Council, Trafford Council and Wigan Council.

To find out more about the Bridgewater Way, please click here to download the brochure or email

The plan below shows the Bridgewater Way work which has been completed so far.


Completed sections of The Bridgewater Way


Waterloo Bridge to Acton Grange Bridge in Moore. This section connects Brindley Arts Centre, Norton Priory, Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus and Moore Village.


Fully completed.


Fully completed up to Peel Hall Bridge Astley. Final section to Salford Borough boundary to be completed Spring 2019.

Manchester and Trafford

Completed from Castlefield through to Altrincham town centre.

Share the Space, Drop your Pace: Our towpath code

Our waterways can be very lively spaces. Visit us and you could see cyclists, walkers, boaters, anglers, kayakers and even horses pulling boats along the water. We’re proud to offer so many different opportunities to enjoy our canals and rivers.

However, having so many different activities taking place does mean that people need to share the space considerately.  To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water we asked you to help us develop a towpath code.

This is the result. It’s a common sense guide to sharing the towpath and what to expect of others.

Share the space – towpaths are popular places to be enjoyed by everyone. Please be mindful of others, keep dogs under control, and clean up after them.

Drop your pace – pedestrians have priority on our towpaths so be ready to slow down; if you’re in a hurry, consider using an alternative route for your journey.

It’s a special place – our waterways are living history, with boats, working locks and low bridges so please give way to waterway users and be extra careful where visibility is limited.

This towpath code forms part of our Better Towpaths for everyone initiative.

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