The Salford leg of the historic Bridgewater Canal is being spruced up at a cost of £5.5m. In February 2014, a major bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund was successful. The city council has won funds from the Heritage Lottery fund to regenerate nearly five miles of the waterway between Boothstown and Barton. It is already recognised by UNESCO as an area of historical importance. The canal currently attracts around 270,000 visitors each year. Once the masterplan is fully implemented it is expected to attract a minimum of around 390,000 visitors each year, generating a net additional spend of over £2 million to the local economy. Click here to find out more.
The Bridgewater Way - In Brindley's Footsteps
The Bridgewater Way is a major regeneration project creating a 65km (39 mile) leisure route for walkers and cyclists along the whole length of the Bridgewater Canal to Runcorn. The route is listed by the Long Distance Walkers Association. It provides the opportunity of a long-distance leisure challenge or fund-raising activity. Manchester is promoting the direct link out of the city to the Mersey Valley Click here to find out more
Friends of Bridgewater Canal (Sale)
A lovely and friendly group actively promoting the canal as a facility for all the community, a local amenity to be enjoyed, valued and cared for. Amongst their activities are assisting with the maintenance of the canal environment, carrying out regular litter picks and running canal cruises.
On Saturday 23rd November 2013 FoBC members came to Runcorn to help a local church group pick litter along the canal. The group collected 60 bags of rubbish!
RLRS gave a presentation at their 2015 Spring Open meeting Tuesday 5th May. The main speaker Eamonn O'Neal gave a talk about the TV series called Locks and Quays on which he was executive producer. Peter Parkinson General Manager of the Bridgewater Canal Company gave an update on the Bridgewater Way progress.
"The Bridgewater Canal 250 Years On" Project commemorating 250 years of the Bridgewater Canal Sale Photographic Society, Bridgewater Canal Company and FoBC worked together to produce a contemporary photographic record of the whole length of the canal.