Shropshire Union Canal (Wirral Line - Main Line)

The Shropshire Union Canal (Wirral Line - Main Line) is a broad canal and is part of the Shropshire Union Canal (Wirral Line). It runs for 8 miles and 4 furlongs through 3 locks from River Dee Branch Junction (where it joins the Shropshire Union Canal (Dee Branch) and the Shropshire Union Canal (Chester Canal - Bunbury to Chester)) to Ellesmere Port Junction (where it joins the Manchester Ship Canal (Main Line)).

The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 72 feet long and 13 feet and 6 inches wide. The maximum headroom is 11 feet and 1 inch. The maximum draught is 4 feet and 10 inches.

It has junctions with the Shropshire Union Canal (Wirral Line - Ellesmere Port Ship Route) at Ellesmere Port Lower Basin and with the Shropshire Union Canal (Wirral Line - Ellesmere Port Basin Link) at Ellesmere Port Upper Basin.

Notable features of the waterway include: Bache Brooke Embankment and Whitby Locks

The navigational authority for this waterway is Canal & River Trust

Relevant books - waterway maps:

 
 
 
River Dee Branch Junction
Junction with the Shropshire Union (Chester Canal) and the River Dee Branch
Taylor's Boatyard a few yards 0 locks
C&RT Services (Chester) ¼ furlongs 0 locks
Cambrian Road Bridge No 126E 1 furlong 0 locks
Stone Bridge No 128 2 furlongs 0 locks
Blacon Aqueduct 4 furlongs 0 locks
Deva Aqueduct 4¼ furlongs 0 locks
Former Railway Bridge No 128a
The former railway is now a cycle path
5 furlongs 0 locks
Blacon Avenue Bridge No 129 6½ furlongs 0 locks
Mollington Bridge No 130 1 mile and 2½ furlongs 0 locks
Knolls Bridge No 131 1 mile and 5¼ furlongs 0 locks
Mollington Visitor Moorings
48 hour moorings<BR>Access to golf club walks
1 mile and 7½ furlongs 0 locks
Railway Bridge No 132 2 miles and 3¾ furlongs 0 locks
Backford Bridge No 133 2 miles and 7¾ furlongs 0 locks
Backford Bridge Winding Hole 2 miles and 7¾ furlongs 0 locks
Caughall Pipe Bridge 3 miles and 4 furlongs 0 locks
Caughall Bridge No 134 3 miles and 6½ furlongs 0 locks
Caughall Visitor Moorings (Chester Zoo)
48 hour moorings
3 miles and 7 furlongs 0 locks
Wervin New Hall Pipe Bridges 4 miles and 1¾ furlongs 0 locks
Craughton Wharf
Boatyard / private moorings plus possible winding
4 miles and 5½ furlongs 0 locks
Craughton Bridge No 135 4 miles and 6½ furlongs 0 locks
M53 Motorway (Craughton) No 135A 4 miles and 7 furlongs 0 locks
M56 Motorway (Craughton) No 135B 5 miles and 1 furlong 0 locks
Stoak Minor Bridge No 136 5 miles and 1¾ furlongs 0 locks
Picton Lane Bridge No 136A 5 miles and 1¾ furlongs 0 locks
Stoak Bridge No 137 5 miles and 2¾ furlongs 0 locks
Dension's Bridge No 138 5 miles and 4¼ furlongs 0 locks
Meadow Lane Bridge No 139 5 miles and 7 furlongs 0 locks
Mason's Bridge No 140 6 miles and ¼ furlongs 0 locks
Stanney Pipe Bridges
Three pipe bridges in quick succession - oh! joy
6 miles and 2 furlongs 0 locks
New Stanney Bridge No 140A 6 miles and 2¼ furlongs 0 locks
New Stanney Pipebridge 6 miles and 2¼ furlongs 0 locks
Stanney Mill Bridge Visitor Moorings
48 hour moorings<BR>Access to Cheshire Oaks retail village and supermarket
6 miles and 2¾ furlongs 0 locks
Stanney Mill Bridge Pipebridge 6 miles and 3¼ furlongs 0 locks
Stanney Mill Bridge No 141
With accompanying pipe bridge
6 miles and 3¼ furlongs 0 locks
New Bridge Road Bridge (Little Stanney) No 141A 6 miles and 6¼ furlongs 0 locks
Weavers Bridge No 142 6 miles and 6¾ furlongs 0 locks
Weavers Bridge Visitor Moorings
48 hour moorings<BR>Access to Coliseum Leisure Park
6 miles and 7¾ furlongs 0 locks
Bewley's Southern Pipe Bridge 7 miles and 3 furlongs 0 locks
Bewley's Bridge No 144 7 miles and 3 furlongs 0 locks
Bewley's Northern Pipe Bridge 7 miles and 3 furlongs 0 locks
Stanlow Pipe Bridge 7 miles and 4¼ furlongs 0 locks
M53 Motorway (Stanlow) 7 miles and 4¼ furlongs 0 locks
Stanlow Bridge No 145 7 miles and 4¾ furlongs 0 locks
Stanlow Winding Hole 7 miles and 6 furlongs 0 locks
Stanlow Works Access Bridge 7 miles and 6¼ furlongs 0 locks
Ellesmere Port Railway Bridge No 145A 7 miles and 6¼ furlongs 0 locks
Pickering's Bridge No 146 7 miles and 7¾ furlongs 0 locks
M53 Motorway and Slip-road Bridges (Ellesmere Port) No 146A 8 miles and ½ furlongs 0 locks
Ellesmere Port Visitor Moorings
48 hour moorings
8 miles and 1 furlong 0 locks
Powell's Bridge No 147 8 miles and 1¼ furlongs 0 locks
Oil Sites Road Bridge No 147A 8 miles and 1½ furlongs 0 locks
Ellesmere Port Boat Museum Visitor Moorings
48 hour moorings
8 miles and 1¾ furlongs 0 locks
Winding Hole above Ellesmere Port Locks 8 miles and 2 furlongs 0 locks
The Boat Museum 8 miles and 2¼ furlongs 0 locks
Ellesmere Port Top Locks 8 miles and 2¼ furlongs 0 locks
Ellesmere Port Top Lock Footbridge 8 miles and 2½ furlongs 1 lock
Ellesmere Port Middle Locks 8 miles and 2¾ furlongs 1 lock
Ellesmere Port Upper Basin 8 miles and 3 furlongs 2 locks
Ellesmere Port Bottom Lock 8 miles and 3¼ furlongs 2 locks
Ellesmere Port Bottom Lock Bridge
Crosses over the centre of the lock
8 miles and 3¼ furlongs 3 locks
Ellesmere Port Lower Basin
Access to the Manchester Ship Canal
8 miles and 3½ furlongs 3 locks
Ellesmere Port Junction
Junction of Shropshire Union and Manchester Ship Canals
8 miles and 4 furlongs 3 locks
 
 
 
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Wikipedia has a page about Shropshire Union Canal

The Shropshire Union Canal is a navigable canal in England. The Llangollen and Montgomery canals are the modern names of branches of the Shropshire Union ("SU") system and lie partially in Wales.

The canal lies in the counties of Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire in the north-west midlands of England. It links the canal system of the West Midlands, at Wolverhampton, with the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, 66 miles (106 km) distant.

The "SU main line" runs southeast from Ellesmere Port on the River Mersey to the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal at Autherley Junction in Wolverhampton. Other links are to the Llangollen Canal (at Hurleston Junction), the Middlewich Branch (at Barbridge Junction), which itself connects via the Wardle Canal with the Trent and Mersey Canal, and the River Dee (in Chester). With two connections to the Trent and Mersey (via the Middlewich Branch and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal) the SU is part of an important circular and rural holiday route called the Four Counties Ring.

The SU main line was the last trunk narrow canal route to be built in England. It was not completed until 1835 and was the last major civil engineering accomplishment of Thomas Telford.

The name "Shropshire Union" comes from the amalgamation of the various component companies (Ellesmere Canal, Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal, Montgomeryshire Canal) that came together to form the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company. The main line between Nantwich and Autherley Junction was almost built as a railway although eventually it was decided to construct it as a waterway.

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Information retrieved Tuesday 29 December 2015 at 10:11