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Monday, 28 December 2015

Castlefield, Manchester




Whilst visiting Mum in Manchester this week I took her for a walk along the towpaths in Caslefield. Castlefield in Manchester was designated a conservation area in 1980 and the first UK Urban heritage park. It  was here the site of a Roman fort was discovered known as Mancunium which gave Manchester its name.

Bridgewater Canal, the world's first industrial canal, terminated here with the oldest canal warehouse opening in 1779. There is no doubting the industrial heritage as you walk along the towpaths. In parts it still had the old cobbled roads which made pushing the wheelchair not only difficult but uncomfortable for Mum so the newish towpaths seemed a much better option.





All the warehouses have now been converted into apartments.











All along here was flooded on Boxing Day. Fortunately the water had all receded by today.






















Lock 92 where the Rochdale canal joins the Bridgewater Canal.
Lockkeeper's house.



Flooding on Boxing Day
Castlefield, Manchester

Castlefield, Manchester Credit: Anthony Gee




The Rochdale canal entering the Castlefield basin
Mum and I finished our walk with lunch in this beautiful pub, The Wharf.


29 comments:

  1. Hello, The towpath is a nice spot for a walk. I am so glad the flood waters have receded. Great collection of bridges over the canal. The pub looks nice too. Great post. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week! I wish you all the best in 2016, Happy New Year!

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  2. From what I saw Manchester was under water, looks like the part you visited was not. Interesting walk

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  3. Wonderful captures for the day and what a great visit you must have had!! Thank you so much for sharing!! I hope you have a very Happy New Year!! Enjoy!!

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  4. Beautiful bridges. Too bad about the flooding. Thanks for sharing your walk with us!

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  5. I knew I recognised the thumbnail on OWT - there is still a lot going on there around Deansgate Station/Metrolink and it was sad to hear of the Mark Addy pub by the Irwell being destroyed by the floods.

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  6. I think you managed to miss the worst of the floods. Glad you enjoyed your visit back to Manchester.

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  7. I think you managed to miss the worst of the floods. Glad you enjoyed your visit back to Manchester.

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  8. The pub looks to me like the best part of the walk! :-)

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  9. Our hysterical media was wrong then and not everyone in Manchester and York has drowned. Tow paths are great places to walk. Cobbled walk ways are easy to avoid in Australia but I certainly noticed that they are unavoidable in some German cities. I felt sorry for cyclists never mind mothers with prams or someone in a wheel chair. Walking on cobble stones is supposed to be good for your feet, that is until you trip over and smash your knee.

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  10. Thank you for your visit. Happy NewYear

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  11. Thank you for your visit. Happy NewYear

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  12. This looks like a good walk and a great finish.

    Diana

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  13. What a delightful walk and grand place to eat at the end ~ Wonderful photography ~ thanks for sharing the walk with 'Mum" ~ xox

    Wishing you a Happy New Year,
    artmusedog and carol

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  14. Wonderful scenic walk! Sorry to see the flooding that occurred on boxing day! The pub looked cozy and warm and the perfect spot for lunch.

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  15. What a great scenic walk. Hoe the floods did not do too much damage. The water level still seems vey high. Lovely shots of the bellies of the bridges.
    A very Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  16. Nice looking places - I wonder if they are still more or less dry? Much of 'the north' has vey wet feet.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  17. I have been to Manchester only once several years ago. And I can remember the youth hostel (where we were staying) was quite close to one or other of the canals. I loved looking at the narrow boats.

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  18. I've never been to Manchester. I imagine the canals to have a certain urban beauty, especially now that it's all been gentrified. Your lovely photos would support that belief.

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  19. I enjoyed the walk. I use to take my Mom on walks in her chair. The memory is now special to me. Thanks for the tour.

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  20. Glad you were there for your Mum and I thank her for being patient enough to allow you to take these great pictures . (My mom would not have been at that stage of her life). Enjoyed the virtual walk and learning the history of the area.... You're a great guide. Hope the flood waters don't return.

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  21. Such a perfect way to spend time with your Mum!! Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy New Year! And may the Fun continue. :))

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  22. interesting place. I like the lock and the different kinds of bridges. They look great all of them. :)

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  23. What a lovely area to take a walk and I'm sure your Mum enjoyed it, You are fortunate to have tow-paths where you can safely walk while enjoying the scenery

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  24. What a great area - I love that old bridge in the second-to-last photo. Have a wonderful 2016!

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  25. Dearest Fun60; Wonderful to see all these beautiful scene you enjoyed with your mother♪ Beautiful bridges, well my favorite picture is the pub you enjoyed lunch with your mother. Wish mine is still with me :-)  I'm glad to read the flood waters have receded, we also had had rainy days.
    Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*
    Wishing you will have a wonderful and happy coming Year 2016, Dear friend☆☆☆

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  26. I have never been to Manchester but really must go. It is so sad with all the flooding that is happening right now. All those Christmases spoilt, my heart goes out to everyone. Have a wonderful 2016 xx

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  27. I have never been to Manchester either, must be a nice town. I saw about the flooding on TV ! Terrible ! Fortunately it is not too cold !

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  28. It's nice you were able to take your mum out for a winter walk with a pub lunch at the end. Although the cobbled paths are picturesque, I guess we are fortunate to have smoother ones these day.

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