Saturday 4 June 2011

Ashton Canal - Sportcity to New Islington Wharf

It is not often you find a piece of cycleway with no "Cyclists Dismount" signs, massive barriers or other idiotic rubbish, but that is just what I found out on an afternoon walk.

The section of canal side path from the Alan Turing Way to the canal works at New Islington Wharf is mostly well surfaced, quite wide and there is a reasonable amount of space under the bridges. It might even be wide enough for the Brox.

This is a really nice quiet path for pottering along on a bike and enjoying the afternoon sun.

Alongside Sportcity.

The steep slopes alongside the locks may be a bit of a challenge for some cycles.

But they are in good condition.

Most of the route has a good wide surface

and good clearance under most of the bridges.

Past MERCi...

and the last section up to the canal works which block the route.

Manchester City Centre to Sports City and Medlock Valley (council map) 1.48 MB PDF

And the work going on here makes me think there will be further improvements.

View route 86 in a larger map

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