Bridgewater Canal

Heritage Lottery Fund - Lottery funded

£5.5 million facelift for the Bridgewater Canal

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

In early February 2014 the canal was granted funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Salford City Council, Peel Holdings and other partner organisations to revitalise the Bridgewater Canal in Salford, which will include 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.

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.

Francis Egerton, the third Duke of Bridgewater and his agent, John Gilbert were determined to build a canal which would reduce the price of transporting coal. They engaged James Brindley as an engineer for the project and the canal became the heart of industry in the area which in its heyday carried more than three million tonnes of traffic. 

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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 research 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 email

Environment volunteers

If you enjoy working in the great outdoors, learning new skills and meeting new people, you could help maintain and improve the green spaces that border the canal. For more information please email

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

Bridgewater in Business

If you are a local business situated within a half mile radius of the Bridgewater Canal in Salford then you can apply for a grant of up to £1,000 to theme an area of your business.

Some examples could be:

  • purchasing historical photographs for display
  • theming menus, cocktails, placemats or beer mats
  • commissioning/purchasing artworks or features that promote the canal
  • projects that promote the canal to a younger generation – themed children’s food menus/themed children’s activity packs

You can download an application form below or email us at with any questions or to return the form.

This page was last updated on 21 April 2016

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