Bridgewater Way

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Start: Waterloo Bridge, Runcorn
Distance: 39 miles (63 km)
Grid Ref: SJ510828
Climbing: 784 metres
Walk time: 14-20 hours
Days: 2-4

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The Bridgewater Way is a walking route in the north-west of England that follows the towpath of the Bridgewater Canal which was built in the 1760s by the Duke of Bridgewater to carry coal. It was the first man-made canal in Britain and its completion started the Canal mania that followed during the industrial revolution. From the begining of the walk at Waterloo Bridge, Runcorn, the walk passes Norton Priory (remains of), Norton, Cawley's Bridge, George Cleave's Bridge, Kepwick Hill Bridge, Moore Hall, Higher Walton, Walton Hall, the Hillcliffe, Cobbs and Grapplehall areas of Warrington, Oughtrington, Spud Wood, Little Bollington, Dunham Massey, Oldfield Brow, Altrincham, Sale, Barfoot Bridge, the Stretford, Trafford Park and Eccles areas of Manchester, Worsley, Astley Green, Bedford and Leigh.

Useful Links:
The Bridgewater Canal
Trafford Council
Long Distance Walkers Association

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