Ramble the length of the canal or take a leisurely waterside stroll - there's something for everyone.
The Bridgewater Canal towpath is a
65km (39 miles) route which is all one level and you can walk all the way from
one of the Canal to the other if you like!
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.
Walking is a great way to stay healthy and active as well as
being completely free of charge along the towpath of the Bridgewater Canal. We do
ask that you use the facility safely, take your litter home and if you are a
dog walker, please clean up after your pet.
From time to time we may need to close certain sections to maintain the towpath. Please check this page for the latest information >
Visit these websites for the latest bus, train and tram information and timetables.
Transport for Greater Manchester
Cheshire East Transport
The Bridgewater Canal is a 65km canal stretching from Runcorn to Leigh and is owned and operated by the Peel Group.
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Code of use >
Opened on 17th July 1761, the Bridgewater Canal has a special place in history as the first canal in Britain to be built without following an existing watercourse, and so became a model for those that followed it.
The Bridgewater Canal is surrounded by a beautiful environment rich with flora and fauna.
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