Category: Hollinwood Canal VC

Hollinwood Canal – Virtual Cruise

Take a virtual cruise along the Hollinwood Canal. Choose your starting point, then click on the “Next” links. Hollinwood Canal Main Line Fairfield Junction (with the Ashton Canal) – Recommended Waterhouses (Fairbottom) Junction (with...

Fairfield Junction

< JUMP TO Hollinwood Canal Next > < End of Navigation Waterhouses Junction > Fairfield Top Lock, which used to be paired, with Fairfield Junction immediately beyond.  The main line turns sharp right above the lock,...

Fairfield Junction, from the Hollinwood Canal

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > Looking back to Fairfield Junction from the Hollinwood Canal.  Fairfield Top Lock is a little right of centre with the Ashton Canal continuing through...

Entrance to the Hollinwood Canal

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > A short length of the Hollinwood Canal has been restored, as far as a small basin beyond the houses Waterway and Kilometerage HOLL 00.050.10...

Hollinwood Canal Basin

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > The short restored length of the Hollinwood Canal ends in a basin used as a marina.  The canal once continued straight on, just to...

Manchester Road Bridge

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > Manchester Road Bridge is still standing, ready for restoration of the Hollinwood Canal, where it passes to the left of the dark building mentioned...

Beyond Manchester Road

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > Beyond Manchester Road the route is still available for restoration, but rather overgrown.  Walkers must follow the roads for around 800m (½ mile). Waterway and...

Harrison’s Bridge

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > Th hump in the road marks the bridge where the Hollinwood Canal passes under Greenside Lane.  Walkers can peer over the bridge but must...

Routed through the Bungalow

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > The original route of the Hollinwood Canal comes towards us through the bungalow then crosses Medlock Street towards the camera.  Behind the camera the...

Hollinwood Canal Route is Recognisable

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > After crossing Medlock Street the route of the Hollinwood Canal is recognisable and restoration doesn’t look too difficult.  The route can be walked for...

Walking the Hollinwood Canal

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > The footpath is clearly identifiable as it follows the line of the Hollinwood Canal out of Droylsden in into open countryside. Waterway and Kilometerage...

Footbridge over Railway

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > The aqueduct over the railway has been removed and replaced by a footbridge.  There doesn’t appear to be any reason why the aqueduct can’t...

Hedge Laying

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > Somebody has been busy hedge laying, just to the north of the railway. Waterway and Kilometerage HOLL 01.760.10 OS Grid Reference SJ 90993 99265...

Hollinwood Canal awaiting Restoration

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > We’re now moving into open countryside and the channel of the Hollinwood Canal is still present, together wiht the firm edge to the towpath....

Cinderland Bridge

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > The original Cinderland Bridge still stands across the Hollinwood Canal and it doesn’t take too much effort to imagine canal boats cruising along here...

Swing Bridge

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > Although fixed today, this was once a swing bridge.  Reinstating a swing bridge when the Hollinwood Canal is restored doesn’t look too difficult. Waterway...

Crossing the M60 Motorway

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > A footbridge, raised higher than the original towpath level, allows walkers to continue their journey along the Hollinwood Canal.  The fence on the far...

M60 Motorway Crossing Point

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > The M60 motorway slopes downhill to the north of the previous crossing point and it looks as if there will be enough headroom to...

Identifiable Route of the Hollinwood Canal

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > Beyond the motorway the route of the canal is still easy to identify, and restoration doesn’t look too difficult. Waterway and Kilometerage HOLL 03.400.05...

Daisy Nook Country Park Visitor Centre

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > The path along the Hollinwood Canal passes behind the Daisy Nook Country Park Visitor Centre, which brings lots of visitors to see the canal,...

Daisy Nook Country Park

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > Daisy Nook Country Park brings many visitors to the Hollinwood Canal and the adjacent locks. Waterway and Kilometerage HOLL 03.655.05 OS Grid Reference SD...

Water in the Hollinwood Canal

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > A short section of canal is in water next to the Daisy Nook Visitor Centre.  Straight ahead is the “tunnel”. Waterway and Kilometerage HOLL...

Dark Tunnel

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > Opened out into a cutting in the 1920s after several roof collapses, this is the line of the tunnel, know as Dark Tunnel, or sometimes...

Dark Tunnel

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > Looking back at Dark Tunnel (or Whitehouses Tunnel) which was opened into a cutting in the 1920s after several roof falls. Waterway and Kilometerage...

Waterhouses Aqueduct and Locks

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > Immediately after the “tunnel” the canal passes over Waterhouses Aqueduct, then climbs through four locks. HOLL 03.900.10 OS Grid Reference SD 92104 00826 Date...

Waterhouses Aqueduct

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > Waterhouses Aqueduct carries the Hollinwood Canal over the infant River Medlock which later flows into the Bridgewater Canal at the end of Castlefield Basin near...

Waterhouses Lock 19

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > There are four locks in the flight at Waterhouses, numbered 19 to 22 which continue the numbering sequence from the main line of the...

Waterhouses Lock 19

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > Looking down from Waterhouses Lock 19 we can see the narrows of Waterhouses Aqueduct below and, beyond that, the opened out Dark Tunnel. Waterway...

Waterhouses Staircase Locks 20/21

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > The middle two of the four locks in the Waterhouses Flight, numbers 20 and 21, form a staircase.  Like the others in the flight...

Waterhouses Top Lock and Junction

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Waterhouses Junction > Waterhouses Top Lock 22 has an ornamental gate and it leads to Waterhouses Junction, sometimes known as Fairbottom Junction, with the Fairbottom Branch.  The...

Waterhouses Junction

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Fairfield Junction Jn with Werneth Branch Canal > < JUMP TO Fairbottom Branch Next > < End of Navigation End of Navigation > Waterhouses Junction, sometimes known as Fairbottom...

Footbridge

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Waterhouses Junction Jn with Werneth Branch Canal > Above Waterhouses Junction the canal looks just ready for boats as it passes under the footbridge. Note: This footbridge was...

Crime Lake

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Waterhouses Junction Jn with Werneth Branch Canal > The Hollinwood Canal runs right to left across the foreground, with Crime Lake extending beyond.  It is said that Crime...

Crime Bridge

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Waterhouses Junction Jn with Werneth Branch Canal > Crime Bridge, on Cutler Hill Road, is the limit of the water.  The route is dry beyond here and walkers...

Distant Views

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Waterhouses Junction Jn with Werneth Branch Canal > Looking back across Crime Lake the distant views show mills once important to the trade along the canal. Waterway and...

Missing M60 Motorway Bridge

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Waterhouses Junction Jn with Werneth Branch Canal > Once again the route of the Hollinwood Canal is crossed by the M60 Motorway where there is inadequate clearance to...

Alternative M60 Motorway Aqueduct Location

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Waterhouses Junction Jn with Werneth Branch Canal > Looking downhill where it seems possible possible to construct a new aqueduct with adequate clearance above the M60 Motorway. Waterway...

Hidden Channel

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Waterhouses Junction Jn with Werneth Branch Canal > It takes careful checking of the map to identify this is where the Hollinwood Canal once came towards us. Waterway...

Finding the Hollinwood Canal

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Waterhouses Junction Jn with Werneth Branch Canal > The route of the Hollinwood Canal can still be found if we check our map carefully. Waterway and Kilometerage HOLL...

Modern Housing diverts the Route

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Waterhouses Junction Jn with Werneth Branch Canal > Modern housing means we can no longer follow the canal which passes through the fence, but an alternative alignment which...

No Through Route

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Waterhouses Junction Jn with Werneth Branch Canal > The Hollinwood Canal once came straight towards us through the houses. Waterway and Kilometerage HOLL 06.175.05 OS Grid Reference SD...

Alternative Route

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Waterhouses Junction Jn with Werneth Branch Canal > The Hollinwood Canal once ran through parallel to Albert Street through the buildings to the left.  Fortunately there appears to be an...

Rochdale Canal Link

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Waterhouses Junction Jn with Werneth Branch Canal > The route of the Hollinwood Canal  is blocked again by the M60 Motorway and by modern housing and it seems...

Lock 23 is Missing

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Waterhouses Junction Jn with Werneth Branch Canal > The canal once headed straight ahead into the photo at roughly the level of the camera and originally ended at a...

Cruising up the Road

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Waterhouses Junction Jn with Werneth Branch Canal > Just beyond the motorway, Cardigan Road is now built along the line of the Hollinwood Canal.  Lock 24, the second of the...

Walking the Canal Route

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Waterhouses Junction Jn with Werneth Branch Canal > It’s still possible to follow much of the route of the Hollinwood Canal if you look for the footpaths. Waterway...

An original wall?

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Waterhouses Junction Jn with Werneth Branch Canal > This wall looks a rather earlier construction than the adjacent modern housing, but it’s not quite on the line of...

Through the building

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Waterhouses Junction Jn with Werneth Branch Canal > The Hollinwood Canal would have passed through the left hand side of this building before crossing Manchester Road. Waterway and...

Looking for the Footpaths

< Next Hollinwood Canal Next > < Waterhouses Junction Jn with Werneth Branch Canal > Leading off Drury lane is another footpath which turns at the corner to rejoin the line of the canal which...

Junction with Werneth Branch Canal

< Next Hollinwood Canal JUMP TO > < Waterhouses Junction Whitehouses Junction > < JUMP TO Werneth Branch Canal Next > < End of Navigation End of Navigation > After crossing Canal Street, and climbing through the final...

Waterhouses Junction

< Next Fairbottom Branch Next > < Waterhouses Junction End of Navigation > Looking back at Waterhouses Junction from the Fairbottom Branch.  The top lock of the Waterhouses Flight it where the people are to the...

Fairbottom Branch

< Next Fairbottom Branch Next > < Waterhouses Junction End of Navigation > The Fairbottom Branch starts off looking like an open canal just waiting for boats to cruise past. Waterway and Kilometerage HOLL-FB 04.315.05 OS...

Looking Down to Waterhouses Locks

< Next Fairbottom Branch Next > < Waterhouses Junction End of Navigation > The Fairbottom Branch of the Hollinwood Canal leaves the main line at the top of Waterhouses Locks.  Looking down we can see Waterhouses...

Narrows for the Aqueduct

< Next Fairbottom Branch Next > < Waterhouses Junction End of Navigation > The Fairbottom Branch runs along the side of a valley and there are several narrows where aqueducts take streams under the canal towards...

Walkable Towpath

< Next Fairbottom Branch Next > < Waterhouses Junction End of Navigation > Parts of the channel of the Fairbottom Branch are filled in after the first 700m (nearly ½ a mile) but the towpath continues to be walkable...

Watched by the Wildlife

< Next Fairbottom Branch Next > < Waterhouses Junction End of Navigation > This grey squirrel was happy to continue eating while watching me as I walked close by along the towpath of the Fairbottom Branch...

Fairbottom Branch Aqueduct

< Next Fairbottom Branch Next > < Waterhouses Junction End of Navigation > The aqueducts which carry the Fairbottom Branch over streams and country lanes are substantial structures and they are all still standing and looking...

Filled in, but still there

< Next Fairbottom Branch Next > < Waterhouses Junction End of Navigation > The stone edging to the towpath is still there for most of the length of the Fairbottom Branch, even on the sections which...

Another Section in Water

< Next Fairbottom Branch Next > < Waterhouses Junction End of Navigation > Another section of the Fairbottom Branch is in water, although some work will be required on the trees to make navigation possible. Waterway...

Bardsley Bridge

< Next Fairbottom Branch Next > < Waterhouses Junction End of Navigation > Bardsley Bridge has been rebuilt with a lower arch since the canal was open, and work will be required to raise the arch,...

Beyond Bardsley Bridge

< Next Fairbottom Branch Next > < Waterhouses Junction End of Navigation > The channel beyond Bardsley Bridge is squeezed between modern buildings and an embankment.  Although the towpath can be walked all the way it...

Hard Edging to the Channel

< Next Fairbottom Branch Next > < Waterhouses Junction End of Navigation > The hard edging to the channel of the Fairbottom Branch can still be seen in places near the end of the branch. Waterway...

End of the Fairbottom Branch

< Next Fairbottom Branch JUMP TO > < Waterhouses Junction Waterhouses Junction > The Fairbottom Branch finishes in the middle of nowhere, with the towpath joining the road at the signpost. As the branch is on...

Junction with Hollinwood Canal

< JUMP TO Werneth Branch Canal Next > < End of Navigation End of Navigation > < Next Hollinwood Canal JUMP TO > < Waterhouses Junction Whitehouses Junction > The Werneth Branch Canal has a junction with...