Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Sunday 28 April 2013 – A new bridge at Jackson’s Boat


Last Sunday I enjoyed another bike ride along the Bridgewater Canal to Stretford, then along the Trans-Pennine Trail to join the Macclesfield Canal between Woodley and Hyde, returning home via the Cheshire Ring canal system towpath.

It’s a shade under 40 miles, depending on which route you find through Stockport – a good four hours’ exercise.

Early on, the River Mersey is followed past the old inn called ‘Jackson’s Boat’, named in the 1700s after a nearby ferry operated by a man called Jackson.

The pub has a rich history, involving ghosts and Jacobites, and there’s been a bridge (not the same one, predecessors have been washed away) to provide pedestrian access from the Manchester (Chorlton) side of the river for nearly 200 years. 


The Metrolink line to Manchester Airport has given rise to a new bridge that has been under construction for some time now.  Luckily, so far as I can see, diversions have been kept to a minimum whilst the bridge is under construction.  It’s quite a substantial affair when viewed from the banks of the Mersey…


Later, near Sale, I spotted this early brood of Canada Geese chicks.


That’s all for now – a Backpackers meal beckons.


Sir Hugh said...

I like that old metal bridge better than the new one.

Phreerunner said...

I'm with you there, Conrad, though the old bridge did look pretty tatty before its refurbishment.