WRG North West

Working party dates

Welcome to the webpage for Waterway Recovery Group North West

Waterway Recovery Group volunteers support waterway restoration projects across England and Wales. Our regional groups run weekend visits to restoration projects (and sometimes navigable waterways). Put simply, we dig canals!

Want to join us?

Below is a list of upcoming dates for both WRGNW organised and North West local society organised working parties. If you are interested in getting involved, please use the contact links or complete our enquiry form.

date from date to canal where contact
09/12/2023 09/12/2023 Sankey Bradley Lock, Newton- le- willows, St. Helens Facebook
09/12/2023 10/12/2023 Lancaster Stainton Facebook
16/12/2023 17/12/2023 Manchester, Bolton & Bury Nob End Locks Facebook
TBC TBC IWA - Manchester canals TBC Facebook

IWA Manchester Branch monthly open meetings

The Talks are held at the "Castlefield Hotel" (part of the Y.M.C.A. complex) on Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4JR. The entrance is on the side facing towards Deansgate and overlooking the Castlefield outdoor events area. Commencing at 19.30, the 'Talks' are free to attend and everyone is welcome, though a donation towards the costs is appreciated.
11/12/2023 Christmas Social with Jacob's feast accompanied by two fascinating u-tube videos by Martin Zero
08/01/2024 The Building of the Manchester Ship Canal The Daniel Adamson Team
The Building of the Manchester Ship Canal The Manchester Ship Canal, often referred to as the Channel Tunnel of the Victorian age, is a magnificent feat of engineering, 36 miles long linking the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester to the Mersey Estuary. The illustrated talk tells of the history of the building of the canal, the people who worked on it, the ships that sailed up it, some of the incidents that occurred and some strange visitors, all contributing to the fascinating and continuing story of this great North West waterway. The Daniel Adamson is a 1903 Steam Ship boasting a unique Art Deco interior which was saved from being scrapped by a team of enthusiastic volunteers, who bought the ship for £1 and then secured £3.8 Million from The Heritage Lottery Fund to save the significant ship, which is 15th on the Register of National Historic Ships.

Click here to go to the WRGNW page on the main Inland Waterways website