Trent and Mersey Canal (Main Line - Harding's Wood to Middlewich)

The Trent and Mersey Canal (Main Line - Harding's Wood to Middlewich) is a narrow canal and is part of the Trent and Mersey Canal (Main Line). It runs for 12 miles and 6½ furlongs through 31 locks from Middlewich Junction (where it joins the Trent and Mersey Canal (Main Line - Middlewich to Preston Brook) and the Trent and Mersey Canal (Wardle Lock Branch)) to Hardings Wood Junction (where it joins the Trent and Mersey Canal (Main Line - Etruria to Hardings Wood) and the Trent and Mersey Canal (Hall Green Branch)).

The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 72 feet long and 7 feet wide. The maximum headroom is 7 feet and 9 inches. The maximum draught is 4 feet and 4 inches.

Notable features of the waterway include: Wheelock Flight and Lawton Treble Locks

The navigational authority for this waterway is Canal & River Trust

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Middlewich Junction
Junction of Trent and Mersey Canal Main Line with Wardle Lock Branch leading to Shropshire Union Middlewich Branch
Kings Lock Chandlery
New home of Elton Moss Boatbuilders and Carefree Cruising (2017)
¼ furlongs 0 locks
Kings Lock Bridge No 167 ½ furlongs 0 locks
The Kings Lock PH ½ furlongs 0 locks
King's Lock No 71 ½ furlongs 0 locks
Middlewich Canal Centre ¾ furlongs 1 lock
Kings Lock Visitor Moorings 1 furlong 1 lock
Winding Hole above King's Lock 1¼ furlongs 1 lock
Cledford Bridge No 166 5 furlongs 1 lock
Rumps Lock No 70 7¾ furlongs 1 lock
Footbridge No 165A 1 mile and 1½ furlongs 2 locks
Tetton Bridge 1 mile and 4½ furlongs 2 locks
Booth Lane Bridge No 164 1 mile and 7¼ furlongs 2 locks
Booth Lane Bottom Lock No 69 2 miles and 2¼ furlongs 2 locks
Booth Lane Pipe Bridge 2 miles and 3½ furlongs 3 locks
Booth Lane Bridge No 163 2 miles and 3½ furlongs 3 locks
Booth Lane Middle Lock No 68 2 miles and 3½ furlongs 3 locks
Stud Green Bridge Winding Hole 2 miles and 6 furlongs 4 locks
Stud Green Bridge No 162 2 miles and 6¼ furlongs 4 locks
Booth Lane Top Lock No 67 2 miles and 7¼ furlongs 4 locks
Crows Nest Bridge No 161 2 miles and 7¾ furlongs 5 locks
Elton Moss Bridge No 160 3 miles and 4½ furlongs 5 locks
Elton Moss Wharf 3 miles and 4¾ furlongs 5 locks
Rookery Bridge No 159 4 miles and 1¾ furlongs 5 locks
Rookery Railway Bridge No 158 4 miles and 2½ furlongs 5 locks
Rookery Moorings
Unofficial moorings... with rings
4 miles and 3¾ furlongs 5 locks
Annes Bridge No 157 5 miles and ½ furlongs 5 locks
Durose Bridge No 156 5 miles and 2½ furlongs 5 locks
Forge Bridge No 155 5 miles and 4¾ furlongs 5 locks
Wharf Bridge No 154
Wheelock
5 miles and 7¼ furlongs 5 locks
The Cheshire Cheese PH 5 miles and 7½ furlongs 5 locks
Wheelock Wharf 5 miles and 7¾ furlongs 5 locks
Arclid Aqueduct
Carries the canal over Arclid Brook
6 miles and ¼ furlongs 5 locks
Wheelock Visitor Moorings 6 miles and ¾ furlongs 5 locks
Wheelock Aqueduct
Aqueduct over the River Wheelock
6 miles and 1 furlong 5 locks
A534 Bridge No 152A 6 miles and 1¼ furlongs 5 locks
Wheelock Bottom Lock Bridge No 152 6 miles and 1½ furlongs 5 locks
Wheelock Bottom Lock No 66
Locks from here to Red Bull Top Lock are duplicated except where noted.
6 miles and 1½ furlongs 5 locks
Wheelock Winding Hole 6 miles and 1¾ furlongs 6 locks
Wheelock Lock No 65 6 miles and 2 furlongs 6 locks
Railway Bridge No 151A (disused) 6 miles and 2¾ furlongs 7 locks
Wheelock Lock No 64
Saw Pit Lock
6 miles and 4¾ furlongs 7 locks
Malkins Bank Bridge Winding Hole 6 miles and 5¼ furlongs 8 locks
Malkins Bank Bridge No 151 6 miles and 5½ furlongs 8 locks
Wheelock Lock No 63
Both locks now operational, not yet sure if lineside lock has been widened, historically narrow, less than 7ft (Sept 2016).
6 miles and 5¾ furlongs 8 locks
Malkins Bank Golf Course Arm
Malkins Bank Side Arm Bridge No 150A
6 miles and 6 furlongs 9 locks
Wheelock Lock No 62
Towpath side lock converted to weir and therefore unusable
6 miles and 6¾ furlongs 9 locks
Golf Course Winding Hole 6 miles and 7 furlongs 10 locks
Golf Course Bridge No 150 6 miles and 7¼ furlongs 10 locks
Wheelock Lock No 61
Towpath-side lock is open but marked as "narrow" and unsuitable for boats over 6'10" (September 2013).
6 miles and 7½ furlongs 10 locks
Longcroft Winding Hole 7 miles 11 locks
Longcroft Bridge No 149 7 miles and ¾ furlongs 11 locks
Wheelock Lock No 60
Long Craft (or Longcroft) Lock
7 miles and 1 furlong 11 locks
Wheelock Flight Top Lock No 59
Malkin's Bank Flight Nos 59 to 64
7 miles and 2½ furlongs 12 locks
Sunt's Bridge No 148 7 miles and 5 furlongs 13 locks
M6 Motorway Bridge No 147A 7 miles and 5¾ furlongs 13 locks
Hassall Green Bottom Lock No 58 7 miles and 6 furlongs 13 locks
Winding Hole above Hassall Green Bottom Lock 7 miles and 6¾ furlongs 14 locks
Hassall Green Road Bridge No 147 7 miles and 6¾ furlongs 14 locks
Hassall Green Top Lock No 57
Single lock (duplicate blocked by new bridge, and subsequently filled in)
7 miles and 7 furlongs 14 locks
Lock No 57 Moorings 7 miles and 7½ furlongs 15 locks
Milepost - Preston Brook 25 Miles / Shardlow 67 Miles 8 miles and ½ furlongs 15 locks
Rough Wood Bridge No 146 8 miles and ¾ furlongs 15 locks
Pierpoint Bottom Lock No 56
Single lock (never duplicated)
8 miles and 2¼ furlongs 15 locks
Pierpoint Winding Hole 8 miles and 2½ furlongs 16 locks
Pierpoint Bridge No 145 8 miles and 2¾ furlongs 16 locks
Pierpoint Top Lock No 55
Single lock (never duplicated)
8 miles and 3 furlongs 16 locks
Chellshill Winding Hole 8 miles and 7½ furlongs 17 locks
Chellshill Bridge No 144 9 miles 17 locks
Chellshill Aqueduct
Over the B5078 road
9 miles and ¼ furlongs 17 locks
Thurlwood Bridge No 142 9 miles and 3¼ furlongs 17 locks
Lower Thurlwood Lock No 54
Towpath side lock is narrow and not suitable for boats over 6'10" (Sept 2013).
9 miles and 3¾ furlongs 17 locks
Rode Heath Bridge No 141 9 miles and 5½ furlongs 18 locks
Upper Thurlwood Lock No 53
Rode Heath village
9 miles and 5¾ furlongs 18 locks
Thurlwood Winding Hole 9 miles and 7 furlongs 19 locks
The Broughton Arms 9 miles and 7½ furlongs 19 locks
Broughton Arms Bridge No 140 9 miles and 7¾ furlongs 19 locks
Thurlwood Pipe Bridge 10 miles and 1¼ furlongs 19 locks
Cherry Lane Bridge No 139 10 miles and 1¼ furlongs 19 locks
Knutsford Road Bridge No 138 10 miles and 3½ furlongs 19 locks
Snapes Aqueduct 10 miles and 3¾ furlongs 19 locks
Snapes Winding Hole 10 miles and 5 furlongs 19 locks
Lawton Moorings 10 miles and 5 furlongs 19 locks
Church Lawton Aqueduct 10 miles and 5¼ furlongs 19 locks
Lawton Bottom Lock No 52 10 miles and 5½ furlongs 19 locks
Lawton Lock No 51
Non-towpath-side lock converted to a bywash
10 miles and 6 furlongs 20 locks
Lawton Top Lock No 50 10 miles and 6½ furlongs 21 locks
Winding Hole below Halls Lock 10 miles and 7 furlongs 22 locks
Halls Bridge No 137 10 miles and 7 furlongs 22 locks
Halls Lock No 49 10 miles and 7¼ furlongs 22 locks
Bottom Bridge No 136
With pipe bridge
11 miles and ¾ furlongs 23 locks
Church Lawton Bottom Lock No 48 11 miles and 1 furlong 23 locks
Church Lawton Top Lock No 47 11 miles and 1¼ furlongs 24 locks
Coopers Bridge No 135 11 miles and 3¾ furlongs 25 locks
Winding Hole below Red Bull Bottom Lock 11 miles and 5½ furlongs 25 locks
Red Bull Bottom Lock No 46
Bill Davis's Lock
11 miles and 6 furlongs 25 locks
Red Bull Lock No 45
Townfield or Top of Church Pound Lock
11 miles and 7¼ furlongs 26 locks
Red Bull Lock No 44 12 miles and ½ furlongs 27 locks
Red Bull Visitor Moorings (Main Line)
Preston Brook 29 miles / Shardlow 63 miles
12 miles and 1 furlong 28 locks
Red Bull Services 12 miles and 1½ furlongs 28 locks
Waterways Office (Manchester and Pennine Waterways, Stoke-on-Trent) - Canal & River Trust 12 miles and 1¾ furlongs 28 locks
Red Bull Bridge No 134
12 miles and 2 furlongs 28 locks
Red Bull Lock No 43
Single, towpath-side, lock; the pub garden is on top of the other.
12 miles and 2 furlongs 28 locks
Pool Lock Aqueduct (overbridge) 12 miles and 3 furlongs 29 locks
Red Bull Lock No 42
Pool or Limekiln Lock
12 miles and 3½ furlongs 29 locks
Hardings Wood Bridge No 133 12 miles and 6 furlongs 30 locks
Red Bull Top Lock No 41
Locks from here to Wheelock Bottom Lock are duplicated except where noted.
12 miles and 6 furlongs 30 locks
Hardings Wood Junction
Junction of Trent and Mersey Canal and Hall Green Branch
12 miles and 6½ furlongs 31 locks
 
 
 
 Trent & Mersey Canal Society
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Advice notice: Trent & Mersey Canal, Navigation: Open, Towpath: Open - Lock 41, Plants Lock - Towpath Side to Lock 76 — from Saturday the 24th of March, 2018 to Sunday the 24th of March, 2019.

Following the breach in the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal, we are currently in the process of re-filing the drained section.

In order to enable this to be carried out, we are utilising water resources from the Trent & Mersey Canal.

Although this water utilisation has been planned to cause as little impact as possible, there may be short term variances in water levels as the breach section is being re-filled.

Should you be in any way concerned about the lowering of the water levels, please contact us on 03030 404040.

Notification sent Friday the 23rd of March, 2018

 
 
 

Wikipedia has a page about Trent and Mersey Canal

The Trent and Mersey Canal is a 93.5-mile long canal (150.5 km) in the East Midlands, West Midlands, and north-west of England. It is a "narrow canal" for the vast majority of its length, but at the extremities to the east of Burton upon Trent and west of Middlewich, it is a wide canal.

The narrow locks and bridges are big enough for a single narrowboat 7 ft wide (2.1 m) × 72 ft long (22 m), while the wide locks can accommodate boats 14 ft wide (4.3 m), or two narrowboats next to each other.

Other Wikipedia pages that might relate to Trent and Mersey Canal
[Caldon Canal] [Wardle Canal] [Canals in Cheshire] [Trent Lock] [Hall Green Branch] [Uttoxeter Canal] [Coventry Canal] [Listed buildings in Barnton, Cheshire] [Fradley Junction]
Information retrieved Thursday 10 November 2016 at 14:37