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Exploring the Manchester Canals (East to SportCity)

Start:
24/08/2014 11:00 am
End:
24/08/2014 1:30 pm
Cost:
£7 (£6)
Venue:
Malmaison Hotel
Address:
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3 Piccadilly, Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester is a city built by the water and made by the water; and right by the city centre the waters fork as the canals head to the old industrial heartland, the disused coal mines and the state-of-the-art sports facilities of Eastlands.

ashtonCanal

We leave the city centre and head along the Rochdale Canal and Ashton Canal until we get to SportCity and Philips Park. It’s a long but remarkable walk through parts of Manchester where few venture and where there’s an unexpected story and sight around every vista.

After all, who would believe now that these canals watered a prolific and lucrative coal mine, washed a major power station once targeted by the IRA (picture, left) and lapped the most intensely industrial zone in Britain.

 

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