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The Bridgewater Canal welcomes cyclist of all ages and abilities.

The Bridgewater Canal welcomes cyclist of all ages and abilities, however, please note cycling is only permitted on certain lengths of the canal towpath.

The scenic route is quite flat and so can be enjoyed by cyclists of all abilities to those just starting out to the more advanced cyclists.

The Bridgewater Canal Company welcomes careful and considerate cyclists to the Bridgewater Way shared route. Please ensure you are familiar with the Cycling Code of Practice and respect other people using the Canal towpath.

Please note cycling is only permitted on certain lengths of the Canal towpath which have been updated as part of the Bridgewater Way. These routes can be found in the following places:

Leigh – King Street Bridge at the Leeds & Liverpool Canal to Marsland Green Bridge in Astley

Salford – Old Fold Park in Eccles to Barton Swing Aqueduct

Trafford – Sale to Stretford

Runcorn – Waterloo Bridge to Preston Brook and from Preston Brook to Acton Bridge.

In Trafford, the Bridgewater Way connects to the Trans Pennine Trail which connects the East and West coast of England between Southport and Hornsea. It is 215 miles long and signed along the whole route. To find out more, visit their website


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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