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Code Of Use

Guidelines for all users of the canal from boat owners and fishermen to walkers and cyclists.

  • 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

    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.

The Bridgewater Way

Regenerating the canalside for walkers and cyclists.



From colourful canal boats to day boat hire and pleasure cruises.



Ramble the length of the canal or take a leisurely waterside stroll – there’s something for everyone.



The Bridgewater Canal welcomes cyclists of all ages and abilities.



There are a number of fishing clubs which have a licence to fish on various stretches of the Canal.


Food & Drink

There are plenty of pubs and restaurants which back on to, or are very close to the Bridgewater Canal.



The Bridgewater Canal flows by lots of popular attractions making it the perfect route to a fantastic day out.



The Bridgewater Canal is a 65km (39 mile) canal stretching from Runcorn to Leigh in the North West of England.


Terms & Conditions

Guidelines for all users of the canal from boat owners and fishermen to walkers and cyclists.


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