Bridgewater Canal Corridor

Heritage Lottery Fund - Lottery funded

£5.5 million facelift for the Bridgewater Canal

The Bridgewater Canal is about to be transformed. In early February 2014, we announced funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to revitalise the Bridgewater Canal in Salford has been secured.

A walk along the banks of the Bridgewater Canal is a journey to the past and a glimpse into the future. Every stretch of the waterway has a story to tell us about human ingenuity, endurance and events that shaped both Salford and the world. This is a place of global importance, inspired by the vision of three men and the toil of hundreds of nameless heroes.

The Bridgewater Canal in Salford is at the beginning of a real transformation into a canal that is once again a genuine focus for local, regional and national communities.

The Bridgewater Canal will be transformed with new towpaths, information panels, rejuvenated parks, events and celebrations. Worsley Delph and Barton Aqueduct will be reopened and unveiled to the public for the first time in years.

There are lots of events and activities happening right now on the Bridgewater Canal - download the Bridgewater summer activities brochure and make a note in your diary!

Find out more about the canal and its events on the Visit Salford website.

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Bridgewater Canal heritage volunteers

The Bridgewater Canal project will be working with local residents and community groups to rediscover the history of the Bridgewater Canal in Salford. We are particularly interested in supporting local people who would be interested in becoming volunteers to help uncover the canal's rich heritage and share its stories with others in new and exciting ways.

As a first step in this process we will be running a programme of activities to introduce volunteers to the story of the Bridgewater Canal and support them in gaining a better understanding of how to research the canal's history. The group will meet once a fortnight throughout November and December. The programme will include an opportunity to find out more about the stories of the canal from local historian, John Aldred, and also a visit to discover how to use archives at the People's History Museum.

The first meeting of the group will be on Thursday 6 November from 10.00am to 12.00pm at Winton Library.

To discuss becoming a Bridgewater Canal heritage volunteer and receive further information on the programme of activities please contact Daniel Jessop, Bridgewater Officer (Heritage) on 0161 925 1177 or email

Bridgewater Canal iPhone app

A free Bridgewater Canal iPhone app written by Salford residents can be downloaded by anybody interested in the historic waterway.

Canal visitors making their way from Boothstown to Barton can use the app to look out for landmarks, buildings and animals. Features also include historic images of the canal, interesting facts and memories from local people.

As part of the Bridgewater Canal 250th anniversary, The Friends of Salford Museum and Art Gallery have written the app with help from Salford City Council and Salford Community Leisure. It's been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Download the Bridgewater app from the iTunes App Store.

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This page was last updated on 23 October 2014

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