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Out and about

Out and about

The Bridgewater Canal takes in Boothstown, Worsley, Monton, Patricroft and Barton. Each area has its own identity and special place in the history of the canal.

You’ll find it all – the industrial heritage of Barton, the beautiful green at Worsley, the historic significance of Patricroft, the boats at Boothstown and the café culture of Monton. Pay them all a visit and you’ll find great places to explore, relax and inspire. And all just a stone’s throw from Salford's historic waterway. Find out more about each one below.

Barton

When the Bridgewater Canal reaches Barton, it takes an unusual turn… upwards. The Barton Swing Aqueduct carries the canal over the Manchester Ship Canal. 

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Patricroft

Patricroft marks a historic intersection between rail and canal – the place where the Bridgewater Canal, the first true man-made canal, is crossed by the first steam powered passenger and goods railway line from Manchester to Liverpool.

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Monton

With a wealth of bars, cafés, shops and a lively village feel, Monton is a great place to start your Bridgewater Canal adventure. It’s also home to one of the quirkiest landmarks in the area – Salford’s only lighthouse.

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Worsley

Today Worsley village is a beautiful place to visit. Part of its historic centre has been designated a conservation area in recognition of its heritage assets, including the Packet House, a Grade II listed building where people would go and buy tickets for the ‘packet boat’.

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Boothstown

Boats feature strongly in Boothstown’s history – starting with Boothstown Basin, where coal from the collieries was tipped into waiting barges. If you take a stroll through Bridgewater Park, you can still see the keystone at the entrance of Chaddock Level dated 1861 where boats brought coal out from the Bridgewater collieries.

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