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Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
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Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
One of Britain’s leading professional institutions has honoured Manchester’s historic inland canals by the mounting of a commemorative plaque at a canal-side location in the heart of the city.
The Institution of Civil Engineers, which represents almost 90,000 civil engineers in the UK and worldwide, has mounted a plaque on a bridge belonging to us.
The plaque has been mounted on the side of a brick-built footbridge on the Rochdale Canal within a few minutes’ walk of Piccadilly (1). The Rochdale Canal, which opened in 1798-99, was built with 92 locks to allow it to cross the Pennines, and stretches 32 miles from Rochdale to Castlefield, where it joins the even older Bridgewater Canal.
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Darrell Matthews, North West Regional Director of the Institution of Civil Engineers, said "This plaque celebrates what you might call the transport infrastructure of the first Northern Powerhouse. Manchester’s canals helped facilitate the birth of the world’s first industrial revolution in Lancashire, making Manchester the world’s first modern industrialised city.
"The canal network is a fantastic feat of civil engineering, and a vital part of British history of which we should be very proud."
Clive Mitchell, our project team manager and engineer said: "Our canals were built by some of the great civil engineers of the late 18th century and much of the network is still in excellent working order. In recent years the canals have taken on a new lease of life as a popular location for urban regeneration. They also form tremendous traffic-free routes for walkers and cyclists and wonderful wildlife corridors through the heart of the city.
"The canals make a unique contribution to the city’s leisure offer – which ranges from boating and fishing to enjoyment of family-friendly pubs, bars and restaurants in canal-side locations.
"What began as a vital part of the transport infrastructure of the first Northern Powerhouse is now a major leisure asset at the heart of a thriving city."
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends