Hollinwood Canal – Virtual Cruise

Take a virtual cruise along the Hollinwood Canal.

Cinderland Bridge
Cinderland Bridge

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Hollinwood Canal Main Line

Fairbottom Branch of the Hollinwood Canal

Werneth Branch Canal

Junction with Werneth Branch Canal

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After Canal Street
After Canal Street

After crossing Canal Street, and climbing through the final two locks, the canal meets the Werneth Branch Canal where the route can still be found threading its way through the houses.

Waterway and Kilometerage HOLL 07.640.05
OS Grid Reference SD 90724 03345
Date and Time 160215 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 Kilometerage HOLL-FB 06.000.05
OS Grid Reference SD 93503 01733
Date and Time 160215 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 Kilometerage HOLL-FB 05.300.05
OS Grid Reference SD 92968 01363
Date and Time 160215 111924
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