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A bit of exercise was called for. I’m supposed to be doing (I hasten to omit the word ‘running’) a marathon in a couple of weeks’ time.
So I set off at 8 o’clock and joined the commuters who were taking full advantage of the nicely surfaced Bridgewater Canal towpath.
After 3 km I reached Dane Road, pictured above, and I took pictures at regular intervals all the way to Rochdale. I’ll therefore describe the rest of the route by way of captions, with just a few additional comments on this pleasant morning’s outing.
|Km 6: Stretford|
|Km 8: looking back as Old Trafford is passed|
|Km 9: view towards Pomona from Throstle Nest Bridge|
|Km 9.5: the River Medlock makes its way from a culvert into the Irwell|
|Km 10: St Georges, Cornbrook|
|Km 11: Castlefield and Merchant's Bridge|
|Km 11.5: the arrow beside the Rochdale Canal points to the submerged plug that releases the canal water into the culverted River Tib|
|Km 12: approaching Oxford Road|
|Km 12: Oxford Road horse - also in the previous picture|
|Km 13: on the bridge where the Rochdale and Ashton Canals divide, looking up the Rochdale Canal|
|Km 14.5: footbridge and mill on the Rochdale Canal|
|Km 16.5: mess left by workmen in Newton Heath|
|Km 17.5: Canada Geese are in pairs at present, probably the commonest bird on the entire route|
There’s lots of bird life on this route – Grey Wagtails, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Herons, Mallards, Cormorants, Black-headed Gulls, to name but a few.
|Km 18: disgraceful rubbish between Newton Heath and Failsworth|
|Km 18.5: Ten Acres Lock|
|Km 19: mill chimney in Failsworth|
|Km 19: Regent Mill, home of Remington|
|Km 25: the Rochdale Canal has many green interludes|
|Km 26: really quite countryfied here, though you wouldn't guess that from the map|
|Km 26.5: these are real horses!|
|Km 27.5: Slattocks, I smell coffee|
|Km 27.5: AlanR, purveyor of fine hospitality|
Thanks to Alan and Sheila for the giant mug of coffee and a very pleasant interlude.
|Km 28: evidence of flooding at Norton Grange|
|Km 29: approaching Castleton|
|Km 29.5: Sustrans people near Castleton|
|Km 30: my route encountered over 30 locks; it would be slower by boat!|
|Km 30.5: water management, a feature of the entire route, at lock 51|
|Km 30.5: Arrow Mill|
|Km 31.5: the final section to Rochdale really doesn't look as rural as this on the map|
|Km 33: at Rochdale Metrolink - for a one and a quarter hour ride back to Timperley|
Here’s the route, virtually entirely off road for a little over 33 km, with around 200 metres gentle ascent up thirty odd locks on the Rochdale Canal. It took me about 4.5 hours, plus an hour with Alan and Sheila. A good workout!
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