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Bury to Little Lever canal heritage walk

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  • / Elton Sailing Club
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  • / Spillway
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  • / Bridge 18
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  • / Railway bridge abutments
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  • / Chimney
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  • / Bridge 17,Cams Lane
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  • / Housing at Sunny Bank Mill
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  • / Cobbled towpath
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  • / View of footbridge over the River Irwell
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  • / Bridge 16
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  • / Peaceful scene at Dingle Reservoir
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  • / Mount Sion Crane
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  • / Bridge 15 , Ladyshore road bridge
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  • / Mytham Road bridge
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  • / Site of the canal bank collapse
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  • / Meccano bridge and remains of Prestolee locks
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  • / Canal basin at foot of Prestolee Locks
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  • / Aqueduct
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  • / Gate for path to Nob End footbridge
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  • / Cottages on the Bolton Branch
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  • / Basin on the Bolton branch of the canal
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  • / Truncated end of the Bolton branch
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A linear walk following the upper end of the disused Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal. With cobbled towpath,old canal workers cottages and bridges, the walk is evocative of the bygone canal age.
leicht
Strecke 10,4 km
2:34 h
32 hm
46 hm

The walk starts at Bury Interchange and within 500 Mts. the disused Bury arm of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal is joined.

The canal was opened in 1796 from Bolton and Bury and linked to the River Irwell in 1808. it was built mainly to carry coal, other cargoes were limestone manure,stone ,sand and slate. Passengers were carried before the railways were constructed.

The route follows the towpath alongside the canal ,at the beginning of the walk it is filled in ,but is in water from near Elton reservoir. The canal from here on is in a pleasant rural setting with many waterfowl to be seen. The canal has silted up in places and reeds and bulrushes have taken over the water course. Swans and other birds have taken advantage and made it their home.

The route follows on through the centre of Radcliffe ,with a chimney reminding its industrial past.further on the towpath renters a more rural setting. Following bridge 17 a particularly pleasant stretch is followed over cobbles alongside a row of terraced cottages and with views over the River Irwell below. A reservoir is passed shortly after with its resident swans, then on past a solitary crane which is used as an icon by the MANCHESTER ,BOLTON AND BURY SOCIETY. The crane was built in 1884 and used to lift containers of coal from boats for the Mount Sion Works below the towpath.

Shortly after, the canal has been dammed to retain water following a breach caused by a collapse of the canal embankment in 1936.The site of the breach is bypassed to continue on the towpath to the site of the Prestolee flight of locks.
A novel "Meccano" bridge is crossed ,this was built to replace one that fell into disrepair.the route descends alongside the flight of locks to view the basin at its foot and inspect the aqueduct and old pack horse bridge over the River Irwell .

Returning to the Meccano bridge ,a double back is made to follow the arm of th Bury Branch at Prestolee. The scene here is very evocotive of when the canal was in working order, as it looks intact, in water with cobbled towpath ,lockeepers cottages and just needs a barge to complete the scene.

The route follows the canal with more swans and wildfowl to its truncated end at Moses Gate Country Park.
From here a bus may be caught to return to Bury or Bolton for connections home.

NOTE : The views shown in way points were taken in 2015.
Schwierigkeit
leicht
Technik
Kondition
Höchster Punkt
98 m
Tiefster Punkt
52 m

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Koordinaten:
DD
53.591113, -2.296988
GMS
53°35'28.0"N 2°17'49.2"W
UTM
30U 546532 5938260
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Koordinaten

DD
53.591113, -2.296988
GMS
53°35'28.0"N 2°17'49.2"W
UTM
30U 546532 5938260
w3w 
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Schwierigkeit
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Strecke
10,4 km
Dauer
2:34 h
Aufstieg
32 hm
Abstieg
46 hm
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