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Canals East (to Sportcity)

Next tour: Not sure yet.
Meet: Malmaison Hotel, No. 3 Piccadilly, time tbc.

On the eastern edge of the city centre two canals (the Ashton and Rochdale) and one river (the Medlock) lead through the old industrial heartland.

Here are the parts that gentrification hasn’t reached: tumbledown old mills, rotting factories, derelict landscapes in what was once “the workshop of the world”.

Yet barely two miles east of central Manchester by the thunderous Alan Turing Way, dedicated to the great computing scientist, is the epic Sportcity with its state-of-the-art stadiums.

We take the waterway route for a unique and eye-opening tour from the modern to the old to the ultra-modern.

Sportcity avia Ashton Canal