Just Visiting: Canals of Manchester

Back in July, we went to Manchester to see a concert and naturally did some exploring whilst we were there. Living in Somerset, I don’t spend much time up north. I think Manchester might actually be the furthest North in England I had ever been (excluding a holiday in Scotland when I was a child).

Staying in the rejuvenated Salford Quays area, we ventured toward the city centre and had a very pleasant walk around the quays and along the Manchester Ship Canal which terminates in central Manchester. The canal allows vessels to travel from Manchester to the Severn Estuary and the Irish Sea beyond that.


We looked at our ordnance survey map and realised that there are actually quite a few smaller canals in Manchester as well. This part of the inland waterway network helps make up the Cheshire Canal Ring.

Cheshire Ring Map

The Cheshire Canal Ring

The Cheshire Canal Ring is a circular walking or boating route that uses mainly the Trent & Mersey, Macclesfield, Peak Forest and Bridgewater canals.



Bridgewater Canal, Manchester


We then joined onto the Ashton Canal right in the city centre.



Ducie Street Junction with Rochdale Canal



We had to stop and have a drink at the Wharf. It was a very nice canal-side location.


Afterward, we continued to walk along the Ashton Canal into Deansgate, central Manchester.


We got the tram back from Deansgate to Salford Quays and had another walk around to get some more photos.


This trip to Manchester was part of a wider walking trip. As well as the concert, we ventured up to Cheshire to do some of the Cheshire Canal Ring. Staying in Marple, just outside Stockport, we spent two days walking the Peak Forest Canal and another walking the Macclesfield Canal. I hope to have those walks up on here soon.

England’s inland waterway network is vast and complex. I done a lot of walking along canals and rivers at this point but it’s still very hard at times to visualise how everything fits together. Visiting Manchester and it’s canals helped everything join together in my head.

I am also currently walking the Trent & Mersey Canal and hope to show you the first instalment of that soon. Coming soon will be the continuation of a very old walk along the Worcester & Birmingham Canal and some more of the Cotswold Way.

Thanks for your patience while I get this back up and running. As always, thanks for reading.

Best Regards,


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