Canal, Coal and Cake

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

Canal, Coal and Cake at Bridgewater Canal, 28 August — 30 October 2021 Tickets from £16 — Book now

We’re all familiar with the Bridgewater Canal as it winds its way through the heart of Manchester, however, we don’t often stop to wonder where the water leads once you leave the urban centre. Starting life as a vital transport link between Worsley and Manchester, the canal played a fundamental role in fuelling the industrial revolution. Learn about its beginnings and more with Canal, Coal and Cake, a Worsley based walking tour exploring the heritage of this waterway.

The Duke of Bridgewater built the canal to transport coal from his land to the city. Motivated by profit and ambition this vein of industry led to a series of underground canals and was a passion project for many others after the Duke. Learn the stories of these influencers and how the canal benefited them, whilst walking through the picturesque suburb of Worsley.

The prevalence of trees gives the area a distinctly calming and green feel

While walking through Worsley you could be easily forgiven for forgetting you’re in Salford. The Victorian mock Tudor housing, lavish greens paces and orange water of the canal make the suburb feel totally removed from its more industrial surroundings. Even just the prevalence of trees gives the area a distinctly calming and green feel, which is complimented by curious monuments such as the one found at Worsley Delph.

Digest the history as well as some delicious local treats

As the name of the tour (Canal, Coal and Cake) suggests, you will finish your journey through Worsley with some baked refreshments and hot drinks. All of which are included in the ticket price and give you a chance to digest the history as well as some delicious local treats.

The tours are running every Saturday between two and four. Should you prefer a private tour this can be arranged via the website and on an individual basis.

Canal, Coal and Cake at Bridgewater Canal, 28 August — 30 October 2021 Tickets from £16 Book now

Where to go near Canal, Coal and Cake

Dunham Massey
Altrincham
Park
Dunham Massey

Whatever the weather, Dunham Massey in Altrincham takes our number one spot for a fun outdoorsy day out.

Manchester
Restaurant
Axe & Cleaver

This is the perfect pub for an indulgent weekend, following up a long countryside walk with a hearty and high quality meal.

Arley Hall and Gardens
Cheshire
Tourist Attraction
Arley Hall and Gardens

Set in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, Arley Hall & Gardens is a place of enormous character, charm and interest.

Warrington
Gallery
Pyramid Arts Centre

Culture Warrington hosts a range of exhibitions throughout the year representing local, regional and national artists’ work.

Warrington
Gallery
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Opened in 1857, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery is one of the oldest museums in the country and much of the quintessential character of the building has been preserved.

The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham
Altrincham
Event venue
The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham

Boasting stunning Edwardian architecture with Art Deco influences, The Bowdon Rooms is a highly sought after wedding venue, conference centre and events hub located in the picturesque village of Bowden, Altrincham.

Prince's Park
Salford
Park
Prince’s Park

Prince’s Park lies at the centre of Irlam and offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy.

Percy the Park Keeper - The Secret Path in the Gardens, Tatton Park
Park
Tatton Park

An historical estate with a neo-classical mansion, 50 acres of landscaped gardens, 1000 acres of deer park, a rare breed farm and medieval Old Hall.

Manchester
Restaurant
Phanthong

Outstanding Thai cuisine, situated in a classic red brick restaurant with a sleek and modern interior. Visit this for special occasions or lunchtime deals.

What's on: Activity

life drawing
Until
ActivityManchester
Life Drawing Manchester

Whether you have never put pencil to paper or have been honing your artistic skills for years, Bee Creative studio runs life drawing sessions for people of all abilities.

from £10
Until
ActivityLiverpool
Old Dock Tours, Liverpool

The Old Dock tour is a treat for younger and older visitors alike, fans of Liverpool’s maritime past, and anybody curious about local history.

£8.50 with concessions
Until
ActivityManchester
Sí Manchester Daily Tour

Sí Manchester’s daily tour is a brilliant way to get an overview of the city with tours running in both English and Spanish.

free entry
Joe Williams, founder and guide of the award-winning Leeds Black History Walk
Until
ActivityLeeds
Leeds Black History Walk

Join Joe Williams in the award-winning Leeds Black History Walk to discover the stories of incredible people, hidden in plain sight.

from £10.00

Culture Guides