A few months ago I tried to cycle the towpath along the Rochdale Canal from Great Ancoats Street to a stretch I had already explored around Hopwood. However, I was diverted off the towpath due to repair work to a breached section of the canal which had occurred at the aquaduct carrying the canal over the river Irk.
I read that this section had been re-opened on saturday after the £1.3m restoration had been completed so went to take a look at what they had done. Photos attached which show the repaired Roman bridge style aquaduct. A local dog walker explained that there had been a previous breach at this point just over 100 years earlier. On the photos you can see mooring points and 15 minutes further towards Manchester I saw a narrow boat heading back towards the aquaduct.
The canal has only been restored to a navigable state in the last 10 years. In Manchester the canal joins into the Castlefield basin and the bar Duke’s 92 takes its name from the 92nd and final lock where the Duke of Bridgewater charged a toll to access his Bridgewater canal.
I left the canal at Hollinwood where a cycle/footpath carries you over the M60 whilst the canal goes under the motorway. I then headed back through Heaton Park where I took a few more snaps.