Junction with Hollinwood Canal

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After Canal Street
After Canal Street

The Werneth Branch Canal has a junction with the Hollinwood Canal after it has crossed Canal Street, and climbed through the final two locks.  The Werneth Branch Canal route can still be found threading its was through the houses.

Waterway and KilometerageWERN 00.240.05
OS Grid ReferenceSD 90724 03345
Date and Time160215 135138
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End of the Fairbottom Branch

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End of the Fairbottom Branch
End of the Fairbottom Branch

The Fairbottom Branch finishes in the middle of nowhere, with the towpath joining the road at the signpost.

As the branch is on a sloping hillside it would be difficult to construct a winding point so restoration beyond the lowered Bardsley Bridge seems unlikely.

Waterway and KilometerageHOLL-FB 06.000.05
OS Grid ReferenceSD 93503 01733
Date and Time160215 113231
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Bardsley Bridge

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Bardsley Bridge
Bardsley Bridge

Bardsley Bridge has been rebuilt with a lower arch since the canal was open, and work will be required to raise the arch, probably requiring the bridge to be rebuilt, if the arm is to be restored.  With only 650m (700 yards) of the branch beyond the bridge with nowhere to wind this might become the terminus of a restored arm.

Waterway and KilometerageHOLL-FB 05.300.05
OS Grid ReferenceSD 92968 01363
Date and Time160215 111924
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