Ashton Canal - Hollinwood Branch

The Hollinwood branch of the Ashton Canal is 4.5 miles (7.2 km)  long, leaving the main line at Droylsden and running to a terminus at Hollinwood.  It had 8 locks. The remains of the canal are in various ownerships.

The first 175 metres of the Hollinwood Branch of the Ashton Canal was reopened in 2008 as part of a new marina development at Droylsden.  Housing and commercial developments around the basin are likely to follow shortly.  For the moment, the lowered Manchester Road Bridge prevents further progress northwards.  Hollinwood Canal Society was formed in 2004 to promote the full restoration of the branch of the Ashton Canal, along with a possible new connection through to the Rochdale Canal.  Much of the line of the canal remains evident, and during the past four years, occasional work parties have taken place to preserve existing structures.

The maximum boat size that navigated the Hollinwood branch of the Ashton Canal was:
length: 70' 0" (21.34 metres) 
beam: 7' 0" (2.13 metres) 



IWA Branches


Restoration Organisation

Hollinwood Canal Society


See the Ashton Canal Map

See also:

Current restoration
Proposed restoration
Technical Documents

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