Welcome to The Bridge 19-40 Union Canal Society, one of the smallest and friendliest canal societies on the Scottish Lowland Canals.
Our Society takes its name from the section of the Union Canal in West Lothian upon which it operates. This lies between Bridge 19, the first bridge in West Lothian, just east of the M8 after the Linn’s Mill Aqueduct, and Bridge 40 which is just west of Philpstoun.
The Society’s name was also meant to convey its role as a bridge between several local communities along the Union Canal.
We own two narrowboats: Bluebell, a 45 foot boat which is used for public boat trips and Roseann, for canal environmental work.
Through use of our boats we aim to encourage the people living in the communities along the canal to take an interest in the canal and help maintain it as a pleasant amenity for boating, walking, cycling or fishing.
Bridge 19-40 Union Canal Society is a registered charity (SC023110) run solely by volunteers and supported by donations and income from events and boat trips.
We aim to make all our activities as inclusive and cost-effective as possible and are always pleased to welcome new volunteers.
We've photographed and provided some associated information on the heritage of the Union Canal Bridges from 19 to 40. Follow this link for a virtal journey through the bridges on our fascinating stretch of the Union Canal:
The Bridge 19-40 Union Canal Society is part of The Big Splash, an appeal to help support the many small waterway-based charitiesin our local communities to ensure their survival during these unprecedented times.
Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, and the difficulty in maintaining social distancing on a narrowboat, we regret that we are still unable to offer boat trips in 2021. We can still be contacted by telephone, email or via our facebook page.
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