BRING ON THE BOATS
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.
Today Boothstown is a popular place to access the Bridgewater Canal. The redevelopment of the Marina is bringing life back to the canalside, with its moorings, boat hire and chandlery. The area is also popular with walkers, cyclists and wildlife enthusiasts, attracted by the greenspace and the farmland, woodland and peat bog of nearby Chat Moss. Anglers are also returning thanks to the reappearance of coarse fish in the canal and kingfishers have been spotted in Boothstown… so be sure to keep your eyes peeled as you explore the area.