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 Kilometerage WERN 00.240.05 OS Grid Reference SD 90724 03345 Date and Time 160215 135138 Copyright © Paul Balmer
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 Kilometerage HOLL-FB 06.000.05 OS Grid Reference SD 93503 01733 Date and Time 160215 113231 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Hard edging to the channel
The hard edging to the channel of the Fairbottom Branch can still be seen in places near the end of the branch.
Waterway and Kilometerage HOLL-FB 05.600.05 OS Grid Reference SD 93244 01455 Date and Time 160215 112533 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Beyond Bardsley Bridge
The channel beyond Bardsley Bridge is squeezed between modern buildings and an embankment. Although the towpath can be walked all the way it seems unlikely the branch will be restored beyond the bridge.
Waterway and Kilometerage HOLL-FB 05.485.05 OS Grid Reference SD 93152 01394 Date and Time 160215 112405 Copyright © Paul Balmer
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 Kilometerage HOLL-FB 05.300.05 OS Grid Reference SD 92968 01363 Date and Time 160215 111924 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Another section in water
Another section of the Fairbottom Branch is in water, although some work will be required on the trees to make navigation possible.
Waterway and Kilometerage HOLL-FB 05.050.10 OS Grid Reference SD 92728 01302 Date and Time 160215 111512 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Filled in, but still there
The stone edging to the towpath is still there for most of the length of the Fairbottom Branch, even on the sections which have been filled in.
Waterway and Kilometerage HOLL-FB 04.925.05 OS Grid Reference SD 92618 01240 Date and Time 160215 111343 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Fairbottom Branch Aqueduct
The aqueducts which carry the Fairbottom Branch over streams and country lanes are substantial structures and they are all still standing and looking in good repair.
Waterway and Kilometerage HOLL-FB 04.900.05 OS Grid Reference SD 92617 01186 Date and Time 160215 111039 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Watched by the Wildlife
This grey squirrel was happy to continue eating while watching me as I walked close by along the towpath of the Fairbottom Branch of the Hollinwood Canal
Waterway and Kilometerage HOLL-FB 04.880.10 OS Grid Reference SD 92581 01209 Date and Time 160215 110809 Copyright © Paul Balmer
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 right to the end.
Waterway and Kilometerage HOLL-FB 04.880.05 OS Grid Reference SD 92581 01209 Date and Time 160215 110809 Copyright © Paul Balmer