The Ashton Canal runs from Ducie Street Junction in Manchester to meet the Huddersfield Narrow Canal to the east of Dukinfield Junction.
Map showing the route of the Ashton Canal.
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Ducie Street Junction, where the Ashton Canal meets the Rochdale Canal.
Looking along the Rochdale Canal at Ducie Street Junction, with the Pennines behind the camera and the Rochdale Nine Locks leading to Castlefield Junction heading to the upper right of the photo.
The Ashton Canal starts at Ducie Street Junction and passes under the bridge and buildings to the left of the photo.
Waterway Kilometerage ROCHD 01.965.01 OS Grid Reference SJ 84823 98212 Date and Time 091015 142818 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Ducie Street Junction.
The Ashton Canal, at the lower left of the photo, meets the Rochdale Canal, running across the width of photo, at Ducie Street Junction.
Waterway Kilometerage ASHTON 00.010.01 OS Grid Reference SJ 84815 98168 Date and Time 160201 100219 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Ducie Street Junction is through the building.
Looking backwards along our boat when we after emerging from under the building after leaving Ducie Street Junction and heading up the Ashton Canal.
Waterway Kilometerage ASHTON 00.090.01 OS Grid Reference SJ 54868 98116 Date and Time 070803 121001 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Beswick Top Lock 7 on the Ashton Canal.
The Ashton Canal climbs through 18 locks between Ducie Street Junction and Fairfield Junction on its way out of Manchester. This is Lock 7, the top of four locks in the Beswick Flight.
Waterway Kilometerage ASHTON 02.540.01 OS Grid Reference SJ 86998 98818 Date and Time 070803 135111 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Clayton Junction where the abandoned Stockport Canal once met the Ashton Canal.
Looking along the Ashton Canal towards Manchester to Clayton Junction where the abandoned Stockport Canal once passed under the towpath bridge on its way to Stockport.
Waterway Kilometerage ASHTON 04.035.01 OS Grid Reference SJ 88336 98189 Date and Time 160128 091245 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Clayton Locks 12 and 13 on the Ashton Canal.
Looking up the Clayton Flight of locks on the Ashton Canal leaving Manchester.
Waterway Kilometerage ASHTON 04.100.01 OS Grid Reference SJ 88395 98185 Date and Time 100118-100147 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Yew Tree Swing Bridge 14, which was normally closed in 2010.
Yew Tree Swing Bridge 14 which was normally closed in 2010 when the photo was taken and had to be opened by boaters to let their boat through. By 2018 this had changed so the swing bridge was normally open.
Waterway Kilometerage ASHTON 05.100.01 OS Grid Reference SJ 89323 97854 Date and Time 100118 100604 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Fairfield Top Lock 18
Fairfield Top Lock 18, the last of the eighteen locks on the Ashton Canal as it climbs out of Manchester. Fairfield Junction with the abandoned Hollinwood Canal is immediately above the locks.
Waterway Kilometerage ASHTON 05.920.01 OS Grid Reference SJ 90073 97880 Date and Time 100118 100907 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Fairfield Junction where the abandoned Hollinwood Canal once met the Ashton Canal.
Fairfield Junction sits immediately above Fairfield Top Lock 16. The Hollinwood Canal once ran straight ahead where the short remaining arm is now used for a marina.
The Ashton Canal climbs out of Manchester (behind the camera) and turns sharp right immediately above the lock on its way to meet the Peak Forest Canal at Dukinfield Junction and the Huddersfield Narrow Canal just beyond.
Waterway Kilometerage ASHTON 05.920.05 OS Grid Reference SJ 90071 97897 Date and Time 160215 092009 Copyright © Paul Balmer