Maria woke at 5am and wouldn’t go back to sleep. The silver lining was that I left the house a little earlier than usual and had time to take the scenic route to work, or should I say more scenic as I was still travelling through Salford.
I avoided the busier Prestwich roads and took Clifton Road down to the track through Drinkwater park. At the bottom of Rainsough Brow I passed the Cussons factory on road but then turned right to follow a track by the side of the Irwell past the Arena sculpture which is part of the Irwell Sculpture Trail. I crossed the river at a footbridge and noted that the local vandals had still not quite managed to remove the anti motorbike metalwork though as you can see they have tried quite hard.
I rejoined my usual route from Gerard Road through to Adelphi Street but turned left just before the A6 to avoid the busy crossing onto Oldfield Road. The first pleasant surprise of the morning was that the bicycle contraflow crossing at St Georges Street is almost complete (library picture from a couple of months ago is posted). National Cycle Network Route 6 will be re-routed to cross the A6 at this point in the future but only when all the development work around Middlewood Locks has been completed.
After skirting around the Middlewood locks worksite I took a chance and tried the path on the south side of the ship canal. Normally this path is closed from 8pm to 8am but today it was open and furthermore the weeds, rubbish and overhanging brambles have all been removed. Are there plans to reclaim this area from the vandals and criminals? I’ll ask at the next Salford Cycle forum but with all the new residential developments on either side of the canal it would make sense to restore the lighting along this path and keep it safe and tidy for local residents.
Oh and the scaffolding has finally gone – roll on phase 2 of the back garden re-design!