Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal

Photo: Meccano Bridge at Nob End, Bolton - Tom Jeffs

(15 miles, Canal owned by Canal & River Trust, local authorities and others)

The first 500-metre section of the Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal at Middlewood was re-opened to Navigation in 2008.  It connects with the river Irwell through the £600 million Middlewood Locks commercial development site, which will eventually include housing, hotels, restaurants, bars and leisure facilities.  Funding for the £4.2 million restoration of the first phase was supported by European Objective Two Funding, the Northwest Regional Development Agency and Salford City Council.  The Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal Society continues to promote restoration of the full Canal with support from Canal & River Trust and the local authorities of Bolton, Bury and Salford.  Topographical, hydrographical and ecological surveys, managed by British Waterways, have been undertaken.