A walk along old railway lines and canal towpaths between Stockport and Manchester
Distance: 23km; Ascent: negligible; Overcast; with JJ & Viv
I had the opportunity to head out for a bit of a walk today and I had been planning a riverside wander from Stockport to Sale along the Trans Pennine Trail. However an email from JJ popped into my inbox late last night inviting me along on a walk heading north from Stockport to pick up the Ashton Canal into Manchester. I jumped at the chance of having some company on a walk and wandered down to Stockport station to meet JJ & Viv at around 10:15 this morning.
After heading through the town centre, we picked up the Trans Pennine Trail near the bottom of Lancashire Hill, and followed it alongside the River Tame to reach the southern edge of Reddish Vale Country Park. Here we picked up an old railway line; the northern end of which was waymarked with some pretty looking mosaics.
|Colourful waymarkers in Reddish Vale Country Park|
|Reservoir in Reddish Vale|
After crossing the A57 we entered another park: Debdale Park, where we stopped for lunch at one of the handy picnic tables; JJ was also kind enough to provide me with a cup of coffee too :) Our onward route took us along an unsurfaced road, that for some reason the council had installed tarmac speed bumps on, which seemed somewhat excessive given the large potholes in the road! Soon afterwards we reached the Fairfield Moravian Settlement, which was founded in 1785 and we spent a few minutes or so wandering around this interesting place.
|Postbox in Fairfield Moravian Settlement|
|Fairfield Moravian Settlement|
|Lock on the Ashton Canal|
|Manchester Velopark from the Ashton Canal|
|A renovated mill by the Ashton Canal|
|Old winch / crane near Piccadilly station|
JJ's more prompt write-up of the same walk can be found here.
N.B. 02/06/13 - Post date updated to actual date of walk, i.e. 03/02/13 (from 13/02/13)