Ashton Canal (Cheshire Ring)

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Ashton Under Lyne Railway Station

My friend and I walked the whole of the Ashton Canal (October 2016) from Ashton Under Lyne to Manchester. The walk was approximately seven miles and we walked through Audenshaw, Farfield, Droylsden, Openshaw, Clayton, Bradford-With-Beswick, Holt Town, Ancoats and Manchester.  We were a bit concerned walking the Ashton canal because of its reputation of past incidents from local youths and children. We found the canal pleasant and enjoyed Greater Manchester's suburbia and its industrial past!

We continued our walk through Manchester City Centre on the Rochdale Canal. We had an unpleasant and creepy walk underground at Piccadilly Lock 85.  We saw there a group of people openly smoking and taking drugs and I noticed needles on the tow path. Still we walked on and continued through Canal Street up to Lock 86.

Our ultimate aim is to walk the whole of the Cheshire Ring which covers six canals: Ashton, The Peak Forest, Macclesfield, Trent and Mersey, Bridgewater and Rochdale. Usually the canal journey is done anti-clockwise but we plan to do it clockwise.

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Ashton Under Lyne Railway Station
Ashton Under Lyne Railway Station
Ashton Under Lyne
Ashton Under Lyne
Ashton Under Lyne
Ashton Under Lyne
Ashton Canal, Ashton Under Lyne
Ashton Canal, Ashton Under Lyne
Ashton Canal, Ashton Under Lyne
Ashton Canal, Ashton Under Lyne
Portland Basin, Dunkenfield Juncti…
Portland Basin, Dunkenfield Junct…
Portland Basin, Dunkenfield Juncti…
Portland Basin, Dunkenfield Junct…
Ashton Canal, near Guide Bridge
Ashton Canal, near Guide Bridge
Ashton Canal, near Guide Bridge
Ashton Canal, near Guide Bridge
Ashton Canal, near Guide Bridge
Ashton Canal, near Guide Bridge
Ashton Canal
Ashton Canal
Fairfield Locks, Ashton Canal
Fairfield Locks, Ashton Canal
Fairfield Locks, Ashton Canal
Fairfield Locks, Ashton Canal
Ashton Canal, near Clayton
Ashton Canal, near Clayton
Ashton Canal, near Clayton
Ashton Canal, near Clayton
Clayton Locks, Ashton Canal
Clayton Locks, Ashton Canal
Clayton Junction (former Stockport…
Clayton Junction (former Stockpor…
National Cycling Centre, Ashton Ca…
National Cycling Centre, Ashton C…
Manchester City Football Club Foot…
Manchester City Football Club Foo…
Ashton Canal, near Manchester
Ashton Canal, near Manchester
Ashton Canal, near Manchester
Ashton Canal, near Manchester
Ashton Canal, near Manchester
Ashton Canal, near Manchester
Ashton Canal, near Manchester
Ashton Canal, near Manchester
Ashton Canal, near Manchester
Ashton Canal, near Manchester
Ashton Canal, Manchester
Ashton Canal, Manchester
Ashton Canal, Ducie Street Junctio…
Ashton Canal, Ducie Street Juncti…
Ducie Street Junction, Manchester
Ducie Street Junction, Manchester
Well deserved drink at Caffe Nero,…
Well deserved drink at Caffe Nero…
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