Coal, Canal and Cake

A tour exploring the history of the Bridgewater Canal in Salford and the hidden clues of its link to the coal deep in seams underground.

Join us for a tour exploring the history of the Bridgewater Canal in Salford and the hidden clues of its link to the coal deep in seams underground. 

Worsley Village was once the hub of a thriving industry built upon the coal belonging to the Duke of Bridgewater in the 18th Century.  

His life’s work centred around how to make the transport of coal from his land to the growing city of Manchester possible and most importantly profitable!

We follow the path of history and heritage from the Duke and his canal to his descendant the Earl of Ellesmere and his own personal project, St Mark’s Church. A grade 1 listed building designed by the eminent architect Sir George Gilbert Scott. 

We will finish the walk with included cake and refreshments to digest the incredible changes to industrial Britain, which can in part be credited to the ingenuity of the Duke, his workers and those that followed in his footsteps. 

Please note visits to St Mark’s Church may be limited on certain dates according to the church events schedule.

Worsley Wonder Guided Walking Tour

Discover the history and stories that made this ‘chocolate box’ village, all because a Duke fell out of love.

So , you think that Worsley is just that ‘Olde Worlde’ pretty place that sits alongside that lovely orange canal do you ? Well it is and it is much more.

What you see isn’t ancient but it is historic. What you can’t see today is historic but not ancient .

Intrigued? So you should be but all will be explained if you join your Green Badge Tourist Guide for the Bridgewater Canal on the Worsley Wonder guided walk on the first Saturday of each month.

We will see bollards without boats and basins without taps but with plugs in strange places. Find out more about a fabulous history of the Bridgewater Canal and Worsley Village that includes a Queen, a Duke, several Earls and even Maharajah who walked all the way from Edinburgh……

Join us to find out more on the first Saturday of every month at 11am.

Meet at Worsley Delph.