The Bridgewater Canal is owned and operated by The Bridgewater Canal Company Ltd (a member of the Peel Land and Property Group).
The Bridgewater Canal was constructed in 1761 and is 39 miles in length (65 kilometres). The canal follows the ground contour of 83 feet above ordnance datum (25.260 metres AOD).
The Bridgewater Canal is part of the Cheshire ring of canals and is astrategic link for cruising between the Southern and Northern canalnetworks in the Northwest of England.
The following canals link with the Bridgewater Canal.
The Trent and Mersey Canal at Preston Brook near Runcorn.
The Leeds Liverpool Canal at Leigh.
The Rochdale Canal at Castlefield in Manchester.
The Manchester Ship Canal at Pomona Lock Manchester.
The Bridgewater Canal is a shared leisure facility. All user’s are requested to show due consideration to other user’s activities and the canal’s neighbours, environment and wildlife.
All craft using the canal must be licensed and insured to use the Bridgewater Canal at all times. Fishing on the Bridgwater Canal is leased to a number of Angling
Clubs contact details available at www.bridgewatercanal.co.uk
The canal towpath is widely used by pedestrians for recreation. Cycling is not permitted on the towpath except where the towpath has been improved as part of the Bridgewater Way scheme. Sections of towpath available to cyclists are signposted.