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 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 canal 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 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.

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

Follow the Bridgewater Canal on Twitter.

Find out more about the improvement plans

You can find out more about the Heritage Lottery funded improvements to the Bridgewater Canal in Salford by coming along to one of our upcoming drop-in information sessions.

We would like to update you on where the plans are up to, when the construction works are likely to be on site and to obtain feedback and comments on the plans before we go out to procure contractors. You will also be able to find out about future events and opportunities to get more involved in the ongoing regeneration of the canal.

The two drop-in sessions are detailed below:

  • Monday 2 February 2015 from 3.00pm to 7.00pm at Holy Cross Church, 370 Liverpool Road, Patricroft, M30 8QD
  • Wednesday 4 February 2015 from 3.00pm to 7.00pm at Worsley Library, Worsley Road, M28 2PB

We hope you can attend and share with us your thoughts and suggestions.

Bridgewater Canal heritage volunteers

The Bridgewater Canal project works 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.

The volunteers meet every two weeks and will be starting 2015 by researching stories to create trails. The trails will focus on the stories and rich heritage of the canal and volunteers will be trained to deliver guided walks for families, residents and visitors.

Guidance and training will be provided by the Heritage Officer and the group will work together to make sure trails produce tell the story of the canal through the eyes of local people.

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 daniel.jessop@salford.gov.uk.

Bridgewater volunteers

Enjoy working in the great outdoors, learning new skills and meeting new people? Join the Bridgewater volunteers to maintain and improve the green spaces that border the canal. For more information contact Jill Tyson on 07872 808003 or email jill.tyson@salford.gov.uk.

Saturday 10 January, 10am to 3pm, Bridgewater Park. Meet at entrance opposite The Moorings Pub.

Join us to make much needed improvements to the woodland area. Tasks will include crown lifting, removal of self seeded trees and habitat pile creation. We will also be clearing litter from in and around the park. All tools provided. Please bring a packed lunch and suitable footwear and outdoor clothing. Refreshments provided.

Wednesday 28 January, 10am to 3pm, Bridgewater Park. Meet at entrance opposite The Moorings Pub.

Join us to make much needed improvements to the park's overgrown woodland area, including making habitat piles which are great for small mammals, insects and fungi. We will also be clearing litter from in and around the park. All tools provided. Please bring a packed lunch and suitable footwear and outdoor clothing. Refreshments provided.

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.

This page was last updated on 22 January 2015

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