I have always been drawn to canals and also to railways, but canals have that added attraction of water which most of us fine compelling.
Back then they were not genteel extensions of the rolling countryside but busy places where hard people competed, working long hours in all sorts of weathers carrying everything from coal to fine bone china.
Now I not against the modern transformation of our waterways for without the holiday and pleasure cruises I doubt that the canals would still be with us. All that hard work, dedication and financial sacrifice by the canal enthusiasts who dug out the mud, restored the lock gates and reopened these lost waterways is balanced now by the tourist and boat owner.
They are of that section which connects the Duke’s Canal at Castlefield with the Dale Street Basin.
This was the Manchester terminus for the Rochdale and from there it is possible to head out east of the city on the Ashton Canal.
Here then are a selection of Eileen’s pictures with more to follow and later something of my stories of walking this part of the canal.
Pictures; from the collection of Eileen Blake ©