The Hollinwood Canal Society was formed in 2004 and is concerned with the Hollinwood Branch and the Fairbottom Branch of the Ashton Canal and the possibility of realising the 1792 proposal to link the Hollinwood Branch with the Rochdale Canal. We refer to these waterways collectively as "The Droylsden and Hollinwood Canal".
The Hollinwood Canal Society aims to see the preservation and restoration of the Hollinwood and Fairbottom Branch Canals within Daisy Nook Country Park and to reconnect them to the Ashton Canal, with the long-term ambition of a new link through to the Rochdale Canal. The society also seeks to promote the use of the Droylsden and Hollinwood Canal route for everyone to enjoy
The highlight of the canal is the amazing collection of historic canal features within Daisy Nook Country Park and our short term aim is to prevent these features from falling into decline. We wish to see a section of the canal restored to navigable condition in Daisy Nook Country Park, giving rise to the possibility of a small trip boat operating there and the waterway being used for canoeing and small boats once again. The Society will also work for the protection of other sections of the canal route from future development and to maintain the route as a leisure facility.
In the longer term we aim to see the re-opening of a route between Daisy Nook and the Ashton Canal at Droylsden. A much longer-term ambition would be a connection to the Rochdale Canal at Hollinwood, using as much as possible of the original route, but using new sections of route where necessary.
The opening of a through route could be a catalyst for the regeneration of areas of Droylsden and Hollinwood, an opportunity for exciting canalside developments in Hollinwood. The canal route could provide a green corridor for walkers and cyclists between the centres of Droylsden and Hollinwood and the green oasis of the Medlock Valley, including Daisy Nook Country Park.
The Hollinwood Canal Society is a Registered Charity (No.1104942) and a company (No.5056634) limited by guarantee.
There are a number of working parties organised for members each year. Most of these are run in conjunction with Waterway Recovery Group North West, whose members bring specialised skills and equipment.
Members are invited to come along and join in. No previous experience is necessary and jobs can be allocated to suit your capabilities. Contact the Working Party Organiser for more information [0161 683 4470].