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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

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

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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. 

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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…

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

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

2 comments:

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.