14 Day Route - Bugsworth to Wolverhampton & Return


This is a 14 Day Narrowboat Hire taking you to the Wolverhampton City Centre & back to Bugsworth in a relaxed 14 days.

Colne is a great town, but also offers access to some stunning countryside too.

This canal route takes you to the heart ow Wolverhampton with its excellent shopping and restaurants for you to enjoy.

Wolverhampton also has its Grand Theatre - host to many fine musicals and pantomimes. But worth a visit is Wolverhampton's Art Gallery.

 

Total mileage 177    
Locks 172    
Moveable Bridges 24    
Small Aqueducts or Underbridges 78    
Tunnels 8   See Notes  1 & 2


Timings based on 7 hours per day
(except for first and final days which are taken as 4 hours each).

This is a trip of 163 miles, 4 furlongs and 126 locks from Bugsworth to Bugsworth.

This will take 87 hours and 52 minutes which is 6 hours and 39 minutes for each of 12 days plus 4 hours on the first evening and 4 hours on the last morning.

Totals

Total distance is 177 miles, 2¾ furlongs and 172 locks. There are 24 moveable bridges of which 2 are usually left open; 78 small aqueducts or underbridges; 8 tunnels (including Hyde Bank Tunnel, Woodley Tunnel, Deansgate Tunnel and Gannow Tunnel. ) and 4 major aqueducts (including Dunkenhalgh Aqueduct and Whittlefield Bridge Aqueduct. ).

This is made up of 42 miles, 3¼ furlongs of narrow canals; 134 miles, 7½ furlongs of broad canals; 68 narrow locks; 104 broad locks.

This will take 91 hours, 50 minutes which is 13 days, 50 minutes at 7 hours per day. For initial calculation purposes (before adjusting for such things as overnight stops) this is taken as 13 days of 7 hours and 3 minutes each.

Outward Route

From Bugsworth travel northwest on the Peak Forest Canal (Upper) for 6 miles, 6½ furlongs to Marple Junction

Then travel south on the Macclesfield Canal for 26 miles, ¾ furlongs and 13 locks to Hall Green Stop Lock

Then travel south on the Trent and Mersey Canal (Hall Green Branch) for 1 mile, 4 furlongs to Hardings Wood Junction

Then travel southeast on the Trent and Mersey Canal (Main Line - Etruria to Hardings Wood) for 5 miles, 4¾ furlongs to Etruria Junction

Then travel southeast on the Trent and Mersey Canal (Main Line - Great Haywood to Etruria) for 19 miles and 18 locks to Great Haywood Junction

Then travel southwest on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal (Main Line: Autherley to Great Haywood) for 20 miles, 4 furlongs and 12 locks to Autherley Junction

Then travel south on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal (Main Line: Aldersley to Autherley) for 4 furlongs to Aldersley Junction

Then travel southeast on the Birmingham Canal Navigations (Main Line) for 1 mile, 6½ furlongs and 21 locks to Wolverhampton Top Lock Moorings

Return Route

Then travel southwest on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds) for 45 miles, 3¾ furlongs and 41 locks to Wigan Junction

Then travel southeast on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) for 7 miles, 2½ furlongs and 2 locks to Leigh Bridge No 11

Then travel east on the Bridgewater Canal (Stretford and Leigh Branch) for 10 miles, 6¼ furlongs to Stretford - Waters Meeting

Then travel northeast on the Bridgewater Canal (Main Line) for 2 miles, 5½ furlongs to Castlefield Junction

Then travel east on the Rochdale Canal for 1 mile, 1½ furlongs and 9 locks to Ducie Street Junction

Then travel east on the Ashton Canal for 6 miles, 2½ furlongs and 18 locks to Dukinfield Junction

Then travel south on the Peak Forest Canal (Lower) for 8 miles, ¾ furlongs and 16 locks to Marple Junction

Then travel southeast on the Peak Forest Canal (Upper) for 6 miles, 6½ furlongs to Bugsworth.

Overnight stopping places

This is calculated based on 13 full days travelling starting at Bugsworth (end of navigation).

On average each full day will be approximately 7 hours and 3 minutes travelling but some overnight stops have been moved to avoid unsuitable stopping places and this has affected the lengths of the days. The shortest day is 6 hours and 47 minutes and the longest is 7 hours and 20 minutes (the maximum day-length is set at 10 hours).

First full day of trip

On the Peak Forest Canal (Lower), at Woodley Railway Bridge (a third of the way between Marple Bottom Lock No 1 and Dukinfield Junction). This is 10 miles, 4¼ furlongs and 16 locks of narrow canals and will take 7 hours 3 minutes. Today's journey involves 4 moveable bridges; 9 small aqueducts or underbridges and 2 tunnels. You will pass through Marple Locks, through Hyde Bank Tunnel and through Woodley Tunnel.

Second full day of trip

On the Ashton Canal, at Ancoats Top Lock No 3 (to avoid stopping in a flight of locks) (nearly at Ducie Street Junction). This is 10 miles, 1¼ furlongs and 15 locks of narrow canals and will take 6 hours 51 minutes. Today's journey involves 3 moveable bridges and 5 small aqueducts or underbridges. You will pass through Clayton Locks and through Beswick Locks.

Third full day of trip

On the Bridgewater Canal (Stretford and Leigh Branch), at Leigh Sewage Works Pipe Bridge. This is 4 furlongs and 3 locks of narrow canals, and 14 miles, 1¼ furlongs and 9 locks of broad canals; a total of 14 miles, 5¼ furlongs and 12 locks and will take 7 hours 17 minutes. Today's journey involves 4 small aqueducts or underbridges and 1 tunnel. You will pass through Ancoats Locks and through Deansgate Tunnel.

Fourth full day of trip

On the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds), at Wigan Top Lock No 65. This is 9 miles, 6½ furlongs and 22 locks of broad canals and will take 7 hours 4 minutes. Today's journey involves 1 moveable bridge and 2 small aqueducts or underbridges. You will pass through Wigan Locks [see navigational note 1 below].

Fifth full day of trip

On the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds), at Ewood Aqueduct No 23. This is 18 miles, 2¼ furlongs and 8 locks of broad canals and will take 7 hours 4 minutes. Today's journey involves 6 small aqueducts or underbridges. You will pass through Johnson's Hillock Locks.

Sixth full day of trip

On the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds), at Finsley Gate Bridge No 130E (to avoid stopping on an embankment). This is 17 miles, 6¼ furlongs and 6 locks of broad canals and will take 7 hours 3 minutes. Today's journey involves 4 moveable bridges of which 1 is usually left open; 8 small aqueducts or underbridges; 1 tunnel and 2 major aqueducts. You will pass through Blackburn Locks [see navigational note 2 below], over Dunkenhalgh Aqueduct, through Gannow Tunnel and over Whittlefield Bridge Aqueduct.

Seventh full day of trip

On the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds), at Finsley Gate Bridge No 130E (to avoid stopping on an embankment). (Having turned at Wanless Bridge No 145).

This is 14 miles, 7¼ furlongs and 14 locks of broad canals and will take 7 hours 5 minutes. Today's journey involves 10 small aqueducts or underbridges. You will pass over Burnley Embankment, through Barrowford Locks [see navigational note 3 below], through Barrowford Locks [see navigational note 3 below] and over Burnley Embankment.

Eighth full day of trip

On the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds), at Ewood Aqueduct No 23. This is 17 miles, 6¼ furlongs and 6 locks of broad canals and will take 7 hours 4 minutes. Today's journey involves 4 moveable bridges of which 1 is usually left open; 7 small aqueducts or underbridges; 1 tunnel and 2 major aqueducts. You will pass over Whittlefield Bridge Aqueduct, through Gannow Tunnel, over Dunkenhalgh Aqueduct and through Blackburn Locks [see navigational note 2 below].

Ninth full day of trip

On the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds), at Wigan Top Lock No 65 (to avoid stopping in a flight of locks). This is 18 miles, 2¼ furlongs and 7 locks of broad canals and will take 6 hours 52 minutes. Today's journey involves 7 small aqueducts or underbridges. You will pass through Johnson's Hillock Locks.

Tenth full day of trip

On the Bridgewater Canal (Stretford and Leigh Branch), at Leigh Sewage Works Pipe Bridge (just past Leigh Bridge No 11). This is 9 miles, 6½ furlongs and 23 locks of broad canals and will take 7 hours 16 minutes. Today's journey involves 1 moveable bridge and 2 small aqueducts or underbridges. You will pass through Wigan Locks [see navigational note 1 below].

Eleventh full day of trip

On the Ashton Canal, at Carruthers Street Bridge No 4 (to avoid stopping in a flight of locks) (just past Ducie Street Junction). This is 5¼ furlongs and 3 locks of narrow canals, and 14 miles, 1¼ furlongs and 9 locks of broad canals; a total of 14 miles, 6½ furlongs and 12 locks and will take 7 hours 20 minutes. Today's journey involves 4 small aqueducts or underbridges and 1 tunnel. You will pass through Deansgate Tunnel and through Ancoats Locks.

Twelfth full day of trip

On the Peak Forest Canal (Lower), at Woodley Railway Bridge (nearly at Marple Bottom Lock No 1). This is 10 miles, ¼ furlongs and 15 locks of narrow canals and will take 6 hours 47 minutes. Today's journey involves 3 moveable bridges and 5 small aqueducts or underbridges. You will pass through Beswick Locks and through Clayton Locks.

Last day of trip

On the Peak Forest Canal (Upper), at Bugsworth (end of navigation). This is 10 miles, 4¼ furlongs and 16 locks of narrow canals and will take 7 hours 4 minutes. Today's journey involves 4 moveable bridges; 9 small aqueducts or underbridges and 2 tunnels. You will pass through Woodley Tunnel, through Hyde Bank Tunnel and through Marple Locks.


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IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU CHECK YOUR ROUTE FOR ANY CLOSURES AND/OR ISSUES BEFORE YOU TRAVEL.

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Our thanks to canalplan.eu & openstreetmap for the map and data in this document.


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