Friends of Bridgewater Canal



Litter Pick 3 March 2018

The first litter pick of 2018 will be on Saturday 3 March starting at 10am. Meet at the canal steps on Sale Waterside piazza (opposite VAO restaurant). Litter pickers, gloves etc. will be provide but come dressed for gardening!

That weekend is also the "Keep Britain Tidy" country-wide initiative. All welcome!


Friends Group AGM 2017

Please note that the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Bridgewater Canal (Sale) will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7 November 2017 at Sale Sports Club, Clarendon Crescent, Sale. All are welcome to attend!

Click HERE For 2017 Accounts.


New Litter Bin installed September 2017

The new litter bin has now been installed on the towpath a couple of hundred yards on the Stretford side of White's Bridge (Dane Road). Many thanks for the grant from "Make Sale Smile" and to the Peel team from Bridgewater Canal Company for the installation work. The bin will be maintained and emptied by volunteers from the Friends of the Bridgewater Canal (Sale).


Litter Picking on 7 October 2017

Our last litter pick for 2017 will be on Saturday 7 October at 10am. Meet at the canal steps near Sale Waterside plaza. Litter pickers and bags etc will be provided. Please wear stout shoes and "gardening" clothes.


We win a "Make Sale Smile" grant!

Many thanks to all those who voted for us and enabled us to get a grant from the "Make Sale Smile" fund.

Ian Stuart, our Chairman, and Mark Eaton, our Treasurer, received the cheque from the Mayor and Mayoress of Trafford.



More Flower Beds

The Friends Group has planted out with daffodils the triangle area, informally known as "Helen's Bed", near White's Bridge (Dane Road).

These "before" and "after" pictures show the improvement.

The bluebells which were planted on the towpath near Roebuck Lane are now also in bloom.



Litter Bins

The Friends Group has provided two litter bins. One is on the opposite bank to the Bridge Inn at Sale and the other is on the towpath near Raglan Road. The bins are regularly emptied by a rota of volunteers from the Group.



Trafford Ramblers claiming new Right of Way

Trafford Ramblers are trying to establish a claim of a new public right of way along the offside of the Bridgewater Canal, i.e. side opposite the towpath, between the Baguley Brook and Park Road, Timperley at the Metro Tram station.

Ramblers have been talking to both the Bridgewater Canal Management and Transport for Greater Manchester about the proposed claim.

An early decision is the start and end points of a 20 year period of access, by the public at large, as of right and without hindrance i.e. people considered they had a right to walk on the path and no one stopped them.

Could you let me know the date you started to use the path, the date you stopped (you may still be using it so 'stopped' will be today's date) and, if it applies, any dates between which you did not use it and the reason why.

You can email this information to me, post it or phone me. This will be a small part of the details you are required to write down in a form called an 'Evidence of Use' (EofU) form. Once I know the dates between which there is ample evidence of use, then I will let you have the EofU form. I will offer guidance on how to complete the EofU form although of course, the information you enter onto the form must be yours.

If you know of anyone who would like to help us claim the path, please pass this email onto them.

Many thanks for your support and for your patience so far.

June Mabon

Footpath Secretary

Ramblers Trafford Group

t 0161 928 3437

e Email June Mabon

post 15 Churchfields, Bowdon, Altrincham WA14 3PL




Helen Bayliss wins Award

Leading member of the Friends Group, Helen Bayliss, has won Trafford Partnership's Green Volunteer of the Year Award. The awards were presented by the Mayor of Trafford, Cllr Jane Baugh (who is also a member of the Friends Group) at the award ceremony at The Point (Lancashire Cricket Club)on 7th March 2012.

Helen organises the regular litter picking events along the Canal. However, she doesn't limit her activities to the Canal and regularly carries out clean up operations at Sale Water Park and in other parts of Sale and Altrincham.

Congratulations to Helen for this well-deserved award!

Helen with Leader and Acting Chief Executive of Trafford Council and other award winners.