Shropshire Union Canal (Wirral Line - Main Line)
The Shropshire Union Canal (Wirral Line - Main Line) is a broad canal and is part of the Shropshire Union Canal (Wirral Line). It runs for 8 miles and 4 furlongs through 3 locks from River Dee Branch Junction (where it joins the Shropshire Union Canal (Dee Branch) and the Shropshire Union Canal (Chester Canal - Bunbury to Chester)) to Ellesmere Port Junction (where it joins the Manchester Ship Canal (Main Line)).
The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 72 feet long and 13 feet and 6 inches wide. The maximum headroom is 11 feet and 1 inch. The maximum draught is 4 feet and 10 inches.
It has junctions with the Shropshire Union Canal (Wirral Line - Ellesmere Port Ship Route) at Ellesmere Port Lower Basin and with the Shropshire Union Canal (Wirral Line - Ellesmere Port Basin Link) at Ellesmere Port Upper Basin.Canal & River Trust
Relevant publications — Waterway Travels:
Relevant publications — Waterway Maps:
- Waterway Routes 32M - Shropshire Union Canal Map (Downloadable)
- Waterway Routes 01M - England and Wales Map
- Shropshire Union Canal, including the Middlewich Branch
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|River Dee Branch Junction
Junction with the Shropshire Union (Chester Canal) and the River Dee Branch
|Taylor's Boatyard||a few yards||0 locks|
|C&RT Services (Chester)||¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Cambrian Road Bridge No 126E||1 furlong||0 locks|
|Stone Bridge No 128||2 furlongs||0 locks|
|Blacon Aqueduct||4 furlongs||0 locks|
|Deva Aqueduct||4¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Former Railway Bridge No 128a
The former railway is now a cycle path.
|5 furlongs||0 locks|
|Blacon Avenue Bridge No 129||6½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Mollington Bridge No 130||1 mile and 2½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Knolls Bridge No 131||1 mile and 5¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Mollington Visitor Moorings
48 hour moorings. Access to golf club walks.
|1 mile and 7½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Railway Bridge No 132||2 miles and 3¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Backford Bridge No 133||2 miles and 7¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Backford Bridge Winding Hole||2 miles and 7¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Site of Caughall Pipe Bridge||3 miles and 4 furlongs||0 locks|
|Caughall Bridge No 134||3 miles and 6½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Caughall Visitor Moorings (Chester Zoo)||3 miles and 7 furlongs||0 locks|
|Wervin New Hall Pipe Bridges||4 miles and 1¾ furlongs||0 locks|
Boatyard / private moorings plus possible winding
|4 miles and 5½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Craughton Bridge No 135||4 miles and 6½ furlongs||0 locks|
|M53 Motorway (Craughton) No 135A||4 miles and 7 furlongs||0 locks|
|M56 Motorway (Craughton) No 135B||5 miles and 1 furlong||0 locks|
|Stoak Minor Bridge No 136||5 miles and 1¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Picton Lane Bridge No 136A||5 miles and 1¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Stoak Bridge No 137||5 miles and 2¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Dension's Bridge No 138||5 miles and 4¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Meadow Lane Bridge No 139||5 miles and 7 furlongs||0 locks|
|Mason's Bridge No 140||6 miles and ¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Stanney Pipe Bridges
Three pipe bridges in quick succession - oh! joy
|6 miles and 2 furlongs||0 locks|
|New Stanney Bridge No 140A||6 miles and 2¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|New Stanney Pipe Bridge||6 miles and 2¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Stanney Mill Bridge Visitor Moorings||6 miles and 2¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Stanney Mill Bridge Pipe Bridge||6 miles and 3¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Stanney Mill Bridge No 141
With accompanying pipe bridge
|6 miles and 3¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|New Bridge Road Bridge (Little Stanney) No 141A||6 miles and 6¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Weavers Bridge No 142||6 miles and 6¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Weavers Bridge Visitor Moorings
48 hour moorings. Access to Coliseum Leisure Park.
|6 miles and 7¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Bewley's Southern Pipe Bridge||7 miles and 3 furlongs||0 locks|
|Bewley's Bridge No 144||7 miles and 3 furlongs||0 locks|
|Bewley's Northern Pipe Bridge||7 miles and 3 furlongs||0 locks|
|Stanlow Pipe Bridge||7 miles and 4¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|M53 Motorway (Stanlow)||7 miles and 4¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Stanlow Bridge No 145||7 miles and 4¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Stanlow Winding Hole||7 miles and 6 furlongs||0 locks|
|Stanlow Works Access Bridge||7 miles and 6¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Ellesmere Port Railway Bridge No 145A||7 miles and 6¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Pickering's Bridge No 146||7 miles and 7¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|M53 Motorway and Slip-road Bridges (Ellesmere Port) No 146A||8 miles and ½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Ellesmere Port Visitor Moorings||8 miles and 1 furlong||0 locks|
|Powell's Bridge No 147||8 miles and 1¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Oil Sites Road Bridge No 147A||8 miles and 1½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Ellesmere Port Boat Museum Visitor Moorings
48 hour moorings
|8 miles and 1¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Winding Hole above Ellesmere Port Locks||8 miles and 2 furlongs||0 locks|
|The Boat Museum||8 miles and 2¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Ellesmere Port Top Locks||8 miles and 2¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Ellesmere Port Top Lock Footbridge||8 miles and 2½ furlongs||1 lock|
|Ellesmere Port Middle Locks||8 miles and 2¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Ellesmere Port Upper Basin||8 miles and 3 furlongs||2 locks|
|Ellesmere Port Bottom Lock||8 miles and 3¼ furlongs||2 locks|
|Ellesmere Port Bottom Lock Bridge
Crosses over the centre of the lock
|8 miles and 3¼ furlongs||3 locks|
|Ellesmere Port Lower Basin
Access to the Manchester Ship Canal
|8 miles and 3½ furlongs||3 locks|
|Ellesmere Port Junction
Junction of Shropshire Union and Manchester Ship Canals
|8 miles and 4 furlongs||3 locks|
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Navigation closure notice: Shropshire Union Canal, Navigation: Closed, Towpath: Open - Lock 1, Whitby Bottom Wide Lock to Lock 2, Wide Lock — from Monday the 7th of January, 2019 to Friday the 1st of March, 2019.
Third party contractors will be carrying out repairs and refurbishment of the Bottom Lock Swing Bridge at Lock 1, Whitby Bottom Wide Lock. The work will include the use of a pontoon on the canal as well as works from the canal bank. The navigation will be closed and the bridge will not be operational during the works.
Vehicular and pedestrian access to Ellesmere Port Boat Museum will not be affected.
Vehicular access to neighbouring businesses from Lower Mersey Street and South Pier Road will not be affected.
Vehicular and pedestrian access over the bridge from Lower Mersey Street to South Pier Road will not be possible.
The works have been scheduled to coincide with the existing stoppage at Lock 2, Northgate Middle Lock, Chester, Shropshire Union Canal.
Wikipedia has a page about Shropshire Union Canal
The Shropshire Union Canal is a navigable canal in England. The Llangollen and Montgomery canals are the modern names of branches of the Shropshire Union ("SU") system and lie partially in Wales.
The canal lies in the counties of Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire in the north-west midlands of England. It links the canal system of the West Midlands, at Wolverhampton, with the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, 66 miles (106 km) distant.
The "SU main line" runs southeast from Ellesmere Port on the River Mersey to the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal at Autherley Junction in Wolverhampton. Other links are to the Llangollen Canal (at Hurleston Junction), the Middlewich Branch (at Barbridge Junction), which itself connects via the Wardle Canal with the Trent and Mersey Canal, and the River Dee (in Chester). With two connections to the Trent and Mersey (via the Middlewich Branch and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal) the SU is part of an important circular and rural holiday route called the Four Counties Ring.
The SU main line was the last trunk narrow canal route to be built in England. It was not completed until 1835 and was the last major civil engineering accomplishment of Thomas Telford.
The name "Shropshire Union" comes from the amalgamation of the various component companies (Ellesmere Canal, Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal, Montgomeryshire Canal) that came together to form the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company. The main line between Nantwich and Autherley Junction was almost built as a railway although eventually it was decided to construct it as a waterway.