Manchester Branch

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.

b-aqueductThe area has seen many successful restorations, 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 is (see Winter Talks for a short precis of talks and speakers)

11 December 2017  Christmas Social with members pictures.  Members and friends

The social includes a Jacob's Feast (bring food to share) and is an opportunity for us all to enjoy some photos - old & new - brought along by members and guests. I think I can promise an interesting 10 minutes of a 1939  film of ice breaking on the Yorkshire canals in the 1930s  (never seen before) and powered by about 80 legs, not an engine! - Phil Broughton 

Our Speaker:: Ourselves! Bring along your digitised slides or movies. If you have old technology (slides or video tape) l can perhaps digitise it if I have it in advance. - Phil Broughton.

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. 

Contact the Branch

Steve Connolly: manchester(at)

Local Waterways

Ashton Canal
Bridgewater Canal
Huddersfield Narrow Canal
Leeds and Liverpool Canal
Macclesfield Canal
Manchester Ship Canal
Peak Forest Canal
Rochdale Canal

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Restorations in our Area

Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal
   Society:    MBBCS
Branches of the Ashton Canal
   Society: Hollinwood : HCS
   Society: Manchester &
                 Stockport MSCS
Bugsworth Basin
    Society: BB Heritage Trust
                  (formerly IWPS)
Manchester & Salford Junction
(Underground) Canal

Latest News

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(updated 10/09/17)