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Bridgewater Canal Location and basic information

The Bridgewater Canal is also known by many boaters as 'The Duke's Cut' after its original owner Francis Egerton, the third Duke of Bridgewater.

A wide lockless canal from Preston Brook to Manchester's Castle Quay officially ending at Ducie Street Junction, with the Ashton Canal and the Rochdale Canal at the top of a flight of locks known as 'The Rochdale Nine'.

The canal is connected to the Rochdale Canal in Manchester, the Trent and Mersey Canal at Preston Brook, south-east of Runcorn, and to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) at Leigh. It connected with the River Mersey by locking down at Runcorn but has since 1966 been cut off by a slip road to the Mersey Silver Jubilee Bridge.

The beginning of the Bridgewater Canal is at Preston Brook - Categories contents are listed from the beginning of the canal, canal branch or canal arm

Note - The Bridgewater Canal is not managed by British Waterways, it is managed by the Manchester Ship Canal Company

Boaters Facilities on the Bridgewater Canal

Official Moorings

Water Points



Refuse Disposal

Recycling Centres

Elsan / Sewage Point


Laundry Facilities

Main Cities, Towns and Villages along the Bridgewater Canal

Preston Brook - MAP - Preston Brook is a civil parish in the borough of Halton, a unitary authority in Cheshire, England. It is located to the south-east of Runcorn and is adjacent to the M56 motorway. It contains the villages of Preston Brook and Preston on the Hill.

Narrowboat Holiday Hire on the Bridgewater Canal

Cruiser Holiday Hire on the Bridgewater Canal

Bridgewater Canal Day Boat Hire

Thorn Marine Chandlery & Boat Hire,
164a London Road,
Stockton Heath,
Warrington WA4 6LE.


Tel: 01925 265129



Charter Boats That Cruise The Bridgewater Canal

Hotel Boats That Cruise The Bridgewater Canal

Bridgewater Canal Trip Boats

Bridgewater Canal Restaurant Boats

Bridgewater Canalside Pubs and Restaurants

Marinas on the Bridgewater Canal

Bridgewater Canalside (Riverside) Holiday Cottages

Places to visit and things to do or see on the Bridgewater Canal

Walton Hall Gardens - Near Stockton Heath, Warrington - The Estate was bought by Warrington Borough Council in 1941 and has been enjoyed as a park since 1945.

Astley Green Colliery Museum on the Bridgewater Canals - Leigh Branch - MAP

A short walk from bridge 58 on the Leigh Branch of the Bridgewater Canal. We visited the Astley Green Colliery Museum for about an hour and a half in July 2007 and apart from the steam winding engine and headgear the small museum building houses many interesting mining exhibits.

Chandlers on the Bridgewater Canal

Thorn Marine Chandlery & Boat Hire,
164a London Road,
Stockton Heath,
Warrington WA4 6LE.


Tel: 01925 265129



Bridgewater Canal Boatyards

Thorn Marine Chandlery & Boat Hire,
164a London Road,
Stockton Heath,
Warrington WA4 6LE.


Tel: 01925 265129



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