The Bridgewater Canal

The Bridgewater Canal is 39 miles long extending from Runcorn to Leigh, with the stretch in Trafford measuring 10.9 miles. The Canal was opened in 1761 and takes its name from the first owner Francis Egerton, the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater.

Short term visitor moorings are available at access points along the Canal in Trafford including at a number of pubs and restaurants and also Barton Square which provides both boaters and towpath users with access to intu Trafford Centre and surrounding businesses.

Take a look at the famous Barton Aqueduct Swing Bridge in action in the video below.

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The Bridgewater Canal is a 65km (39 mile) canal stretching from Runcorn to Leigh in the North West of England.

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