Bridgewater Way

The Bridgewater Way is a major regeneration project which ultimately aims to provide a high quality route for walkers and cyclists over the complete 65km length of the Bridgewater Canal between Runcorn, Leigh and Manchester City Centre.

Delivering the Bridgewater Way through Trafford is a major priority for Trafford Council. Almost 20km of the Bridgwater Canal lies within Trafford, and we have upgraded around 17km of towpath for use by cyclists. This has resulted in massive increases in cycling of around 380%.

Which parts are already open?

The majority of the route within Trafford is open to cyclists. The route runs from Broadheath to Manchester City Centre via Sale, Stretford and Trafford Park and to the Manchester Ship Canal at the boundary with Salford with a direct link to the Trafford Centre. Many connections to surrounding routes and destinations are provided along the route. The scheme has been made possible by a combination of funding from Trafford Council, the sustainable transport charity Sustrans, the Government's Cycle City Ambition Grant and the Bridgewater Canal Company, which owns the canal.

The route provides a direct link into Manchester City Centre and links directly to some of Trafford's most important destinations:

  • Our three largest town centres: Altrincham, Sale and Stretford.
  • Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium.
  • Trafford Park and the Trafford Centre.
  • Direct links to the Mersey Valley including the Trans-Pennine Trail and a wealth of other traffic-free walking and cycling routes.

The route is also one of six new cycleways across Greater Manchester being promoted by Transport for Greater Manchester; for more information visit