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, Salford City Council, Peel Holdings and other partner organisations to revitalise the Bridgewater Canal in Salford.

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.

Bridgewater Weekender 2015

The Bridgewater Weekender is back with another two days packed full of events, activities, live music, crafts and more.

On Saturday 18 July, Worsley Green will host the Worsley Fete from 12 noon to 4.00pm with a genteel mix of stalls, sounds, and of course, tea and cake.

Then on Sunday, head to Duke's Drive in Monton from 2.00pm to 7.00pm where the meadow will be filled with music, arts, den building and family friendly activities.

Find out more about the improvement plans

In early February, we held two drop-in events in Patricroft and Worsley where we updated people 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.

If you missed the events but would like to view the plans, you can download them from the downloadable documents section at the bottom of this page.

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

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

You can find out about our upcoming volunteering activities by downloading a copy of our events leaflet below.

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 24 August 2015

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