Ashton Canal

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Ashton-under-Lyne, England

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Ashton Canal Mar 14, 2017
The Ashton Canal, built in 1797 and designed by Benjamin Outram, runs through Greater Manchester between Ashton Under Lyne to Manchester City Centre. The canal is approximately seven miles in length and passes Droylsden, Openshaw, Clayton, Bradford with Beswick (passing Sportcity, National Cycling Centre, Manchester City's Football Stadium) and Ancoats.

The canal links with the Rochdale Canal in Manchester and at Ashton Under Lyne's Portland Basin, the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the Peak Forest Canal.

The canal closed in 1961 because of the decline in use and vandalism. The canal was eventually restored for the navigation in 1974 though the canal had a blighted and unfortunate reputation for incidents and thefts from boats by juveniles. This is the reason why were were a bit nervous walking this canal. We found, however, very pleasant walking through Greater Manchester's suburbia and enjoyed seeing some of its industrial heritage and modern architecture.

What is remarkable is seeing the solar lighting on the canal tow path when we did our walk.
Ashton Canal, Ashton Under Lyne
Ashton Canal, Ashton Under Lyne
Ashton Canal, near Guide Bridge
Ashton Canal, Droylsden area
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