Manchester Ship Canal Walk
This walk takes you along a section of the iconic Manchester Ship Canal in the Partington area of Greater Manchester.
The 36-mile-long canal was constructed in 1887 to link ocean vessels to Manchester from the Irish Sea. It's an impressive sight and can be enjoyed from various footpaths running along different sections of the canal.
The walk starts in the village of Warburton where you can pick up a section of the Bollin Valley Way and follow the waymarked trail north east to join with the canal at the point where it joins with the Glazebrook on the border between Cheshire and Greater Manchester. You can then follow a path along the canal through Partington towards Carrington. Near here you'll come to the 19th century Cadishead Viaduct before retracing your steps to Warburton.
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Manchester Ship Canal Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Manchester Ship Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To explore the other end of the canal you could pick up the Salford Trail which starts of at Salford Quays.
The circular walk around Warrington takes you along the River Mersey and the Ship Canal, with a visit to the pretty Paddington Meadows Nature Reserve.
At Ellesmere Port you can visit the excellent National Waterways Museum. It's located at the northern end of the Shropshire Union Canal at the point where it meets the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Mersey. The museum is concerned with the history of the UK's rivers and canals, with exhibits including canal boats, traditional clothing and steam engines.
If you follow the Bollin Valley Way south east you could visit the splendid deer park at Dunham Massey.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Greater Manchester Walks page.