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Exploring Engineering: the Peak Forest Canal

Event organised by ICE

25 May 2024
11:00 - 15:00 BST (GMT+1)
Whaley Bridge Railway Station
Buxton Road/Whaley Lane
Whaley Bridge
Derbyshire, SK23 7AF
United Kingdom
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Join the ICE Manchester branch as they explore the Peak Forest Canal and learn about the variety of engineering heritage in the area. 

The guided tour will be led by New Mills resident (and ICE Fellow), Kathleen Harrison, who has a passion for industrial heritage and engineering, and spent time working for British Waterways in the early 2000s. She has researched both the history of the canal and Bugsworth Basin, and the events that led to the incident at Toddbrook Reservoir in 2019.

The walk will include the Toddbrook Reservoir – constructed to feed the canal and the site of the well-known 2019 incident that led to the evacuation of parts of Whaley Bridge; Bugsworth Basin – one of the largest and busiest inland ports in its heyday, connecting gritstone and limestone quarries in Derbyshire with Manchester; and New Mills – where we will investigate the various structures and mill buildings still found in the Torrs along the River Goyt.

The walk is 5 miles in total, and will start at Whaley Bridge railway station with the option to end at Bugsworth Basin (2 miles) or continue to New Mills where directions will be given to two stations (3 miles).

Please meet at the Whaley Bridge station car park at 10.45. We will depart for the tour at 11.00.

Getting there

  • Whaley Bridge and New Mills Newtown are on the Buxton line between Manchester Piccadilly and Buxton.
  • New Mills Central is on the Hope Valley line between Manchester Piccadilly and Sheffield.

This event is open to all, so please feel free to bring along friends and family. The track is suitable for all, although people in wheelchairs or with pushchairs may struggle in some parts.

Meeting point

Whaley Bridge Railway Station
Buxton Road/Whaley Lane
Whaley Bridge
Derbyshire, SK23 7AF
United Kingdom


10:45 - 11:00

Meet at Whaley Bridge Railway Station car park

11:00 - 12:15

Depart for Toddbrook Reservoir

12:15 - 14:15

Arrive at Bugsworth Basin

14:15 - 15:00

Arrive in New Mills


Guided tour ends


Kathleen Harrison

Kathleen Harrison


Contract Director

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Kathleen Harrison

Kathleen is a contract director at Jacobs, responsible for the delivery of Local Government contracts in North West England. A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, she champions gender equality and diversity in project delivery across the UK, while also promoting inclusion throughout the company, ICE and wider construction industry.

Recognising the particular challenges in the construction industry, she co-founded the North West Equality (now Fairness Inclusion and Respect) group to celebrate the inaugural National Women in Engineering Day in 2014. Kathleen set up a chapter of Jacobs Women’s Network (JWN) in the Salford office in 2015, hosting events to support and promote women in the industry, and was on the UK&I Regional Committee for 4 years, being Chair in 2018/19.  

She has been the ICE and Jacobs representative on the Building Equality (BE) Greater Manchester committee since its launch in 2017, and was co-chair from 2022-2024 arranging fundraising and networking events and outreach days at Manchester, Sparkle and Salford Prides for several years.

For more information please contact:

Lauren Moczulski