GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Manchester Ship Canal Walk

5 miles (8.5 km)

This walk takes you along a section of the iconic Manchester Ship Canal in the Partington area of Greater Manchester.
The36-mile-long canal was constructed in 1887 to link ocean vessels to Manchesterfrom theIrish 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 OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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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 theShropshire Union Canalat the point where it meets theManchester Ship Canal and the River Mersey. The museum is concerned with the history of the UK's rivers andcanals, with exhibits includingcanal 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.

Photos

Glaze Brook enters the Manchester Ship Canal - geograph.org.uk - 33232

Glaze Brook enters the Manchester Ship Canal. Here, on the border between Cheshire and Salford, the Manchester Ship Canal receives the waters of Glaze Brook (also known as the River Glaze). The Glaze drains a substantial area of mossland hereabouts and was the boundary between the ancient Lancashire Hundreds of West Derby and Salford.This latter fact is recorded on the wall of a bridge near here that carries the A57 road over the Glaze, but as the wall is made of sandstone the lettering is wearing away.This part of the Ship Canal is a canalised section of the River Mersey. The Mersey joined the canal a little way upstream of this point (to the left) and will leave the canal a little further downstream, close to where the River Bollin joins the canal.

Partington Oil Terminal and Manchester Ship Canal - geograph.org.uk - 2314

Partington Oil Terminal and Manchester Ship Canal. This oil terminal is situated on the south bank of the Manchester Ship Canal. The canal is the major feature of this square and has developed a large population of swans now large, ocean-going vessels use the canal less frequently following the closure of Salford and Manchester Docks.

Warburton Bridge from ship on Manchester Ship Canal - geograph.org.uk - 1210025

Warburton Bridge from ship on Manchester Ship Canal

Cadishead Viaduct - geograph.org.uk - 1237419

Cadishead Viaduct

Barton Aqueduct

Barton Aqueduct. The structure is one of the highlights on the canal. It carries the theBridgewater Canalacross theManchester Ship Canal in inBarton upon Irwell.

Manchester Ship Canal - geograph.org.uk - 1386464

Looking south-west from Barton Swing Bridge. The high level M60 motorway bridge can be seen in the background.

Partington Oil Terminal and Manchester Ship Canal - geograph.org.uk - 2314

Partington Oil Terminal and Manchester Ship Canal. This oil terminal is situated on the south bank of the Manchester Ship Canal. The canal is the major feature of this square and has developed a large population of swans now large, ocean-going vessels use the canal less frequently following the closure of Salford and Manchester Docks.

Mersey meets Manchester Ship Canal, near Irlam, Manchester - geograph.org.uk - 1550

Mersey meets the Ship Canal, near Irlam, Manchester. Here the River Mersey joins the Manchester Ship Canal for a few miles before leaving, through the other bank of the canal, just east of Warrington. The MSC itself was built, in part, by canalising the River Irwell between Manchester and this point, where the Irwell joined the Mersey. The Mersey has meandered across the plain from Stockport where it was formed by the confluence of the Rivers Tame and Goyt.

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