Bridgewater Canal (Runcorn Locks Branch)
The Bridgewater Canal (Runcorn Locks Branch) is a broad canal and is part of the Bridgewater Canal. It runs for 3¼ furlongs through 10 locks from Waterloo Bridge (Runcorn) (where it joins the Bridgewater Canal (Main Line)) to Bridgewater Canal Junction (closed) (where it joins the Manchester Ship Canal (Main Line)).
The exact dimensions of the largest boat that can travel on the waterway are not known. The maximum headroom is not known. The maximum draught is not known.
It has a junction with the Runcorn and Weston Canal at Original Junction with the Runcorn and Weston Canal.
This waterway is excluded by default from route planning with the following explanation: "closed"The navigational authority for this waterway is The Bridgewater Canal Company Limited
Relevant publications — Waterway Maps:
- Waterway Routes 01M - England and Wales Map
- Waterway Routes 83M - Cheshire Ring Map (Downloadable)
- Waterway Routes 25M - Bridgewater Canal Map (Downloadable)
Relevant publications — Waterway Guides:
- Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides No 5 - North West & the Pennines
- Pearson's Canal Companion: Cheshire Ring & South Pennine Ring
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|Waterloo Bridge (Runcorn)
The limit of navigation.
|Queensway Bridge (Runcorn)||a few yards||0 locks|
|A557 to A553 Slip Road
Ground level one way road crossing.
|¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Runcorn Locks Branch Lock No 5||½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Railway Bridge (Runcorn to Liverpool)||½ furlongs||2 locks|
|Runcorn Locks Branch Lock No 4||1 furlong||2 locks|
|Runcorn Locks Branch Lock No 3||2 furlongs||4 locks|
|Runcorn Locks Branch Lock No 2||2½ furlongs||6 locks|
|Original Junction with the Runcorn and Weston Canal||2½ furlongs||8 locks|
|Bridgewater House||2¾ furlongs||8 locks|
|Runcorn Locks Branch Lock No 1||2¾ furlongs||8 locks|
|Bridgewater Canal Junction (closed)||3¼ furlongs||10 locks|
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Wikipedia has a page about Bridgewater Canal
The Bridgewater Canal connects Runcorn, Manchester and Leigh, in North West England. It was commissioned by Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, to transport coal from his mines in Worsley to Manchester. It was opened in 1761 from Worsley to Manchester, and later extended from Manchester to Runcorn, and then from Worsley to Leigh.
The canal is connected to the Manchester Ship Canal via a lock at Cornbrook; to the Rochdale Canal in Manchester; to the Trent and Mersey Canal at Preston Brook, southeast of Runcorn; and to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Leigh. It once connected with the River Mersey at Runcorn but has since been cut off by a slip road to the Silver Jubilee Bridge.
Often considered to be the first "true" canal in England, it required the construction of an aqueduct to cross the River Irwell, one of the first of its kind. Its success helped inspire a period of intense canal building in Britain, known as "canal mania". It later faced intense competition from the Liverpool and Manchester Railway and the Macclesfield Canal. Navigable throughout its history, it is one of the few canals in Britain not to have been nationalised, and remains privately owned. Pleasure craft now use the canal which forms part of the Cheshire Ring network of canals.