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IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch

Waterways in the Branch

Waterways in our area include the Bridgewater Canal, River Dee, Manchester Ship Canal, Shropshire Union Canal, Trent & Mersey Canal, River Weaver, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, the Liverpool Link, and the Sankey Canal.

Local area

Hurleston lock flight
Boats at Liverpool Docks on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
Derelict and overgrown Frodsham Lock


Branch boundaries

IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch campaigns for waterways within its area. The boundaries of the branch are:

  • Bridgewater Canal – Preston Brook to M6 Road Bridge at Lymm
  • Bridgewater Canal – Preston Brook to and including Runcorn Locks
  • River Dee
  • Leeds & Liverpool Canal – Liverpool to Bridge 17 (Lydiate)
  • Liverpool Docks
  • Liverpool Link
  • Manchester Ship Canal – Eastham Lock to M6 viaduct
  • River Mersey
  • St Helens (Sankey) Canal
  • Shropshire Union Canal – Ellesmere Port to Barbridge Junction
  • Trent & Mersey Canal – Preston Brook to junction with the Wardle Lock Branch at Middlewich
  • River Weaver, including the Anderton Lift

Local events

Local activities

HS2: Trent & Mersey Canal in Cheshire

The Trent & Mersey Canal will be affected by three crossings over a 2 mile section in the River Dane valley north of Middlewich, from south of canal bridge 177 to north of the Billinge Green Flashes at Whatcroft.