|Welcome to Manchester Branch with its hugely historic and exciting waterways. The branch canals range from the massive Manchester Ship Canal to the steeply climbing Huddersfield Narrow Canal with the highest and longest canal tunnel in Britain at its summit.|
The area has seen many successful restorations and has several in-hand (see panel to right). When possible we organise trips into the derelict but fascinating underground sections of the Manchester & Salford Junction Canal.
Canals within the Manchester Branch boundaries are listed here.
Monitoring changes on Bridgewater Canal
IWA is campaigning for England's first industrial canal - the Bridgewater Canal - over various issues which threaten its continued use by boats. Read the latest.
Talks and meetings - Our Winter Talks, held on the 2nd Monday of each month from October to April, cover many subjects including canal architecture, engineering, history, the future, nature and much more. Please come and support these - you’re can be sure of a warm welcome, whether you are an IWA member or not, and you will be guaranteed an interesting and informative evening.
The full 2017-18 programme is now available on the Winter Talks page. Our next open meeting of 2017/18 is (see Winter Talks for a short precis of talks and speakers):
12 February 2018 Touring with the Idle Women Kate Saffin
Our Speaker: Kate Saffin with Heather Wastie form the players of the Alarum theatre with which in 2017 they have toured between London and the Midlands. Kate is a great story teller and her talk will be full of anecdotes about both “Idle Women” and touring with the theatre. Read more.
Work parties - IWA Manchester Branch holds regular work parties on the third Saturday of each month as well as bigger work party weekends. See our work parties page for further details and for reports of recent work parties.
Other events - See our events page for details of further talks and local waterway events.
Steve Connolly: manchester(at)waterways.org.uk
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Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal
Branches of the Ashton Canal
Society: Hollinwood : HCS
Society: Manchester &
Society: BB Heritage Trust
Manchester & Salford Junction
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