Fairfield Top Lock, which used to be paired, with Fairfield Junction immediately beyond. The main line turns sharp right above the lock, while the Hollinwood Canal continues ahead, with a gentle curve to the left.
Looking back to Fairfield Junction from the Hollinwood Canal. Fairfield Top Lock is a little right of centre with the Ashton Canal continuing through eighteen locks to Ducie Street Junction and the centre of Manchester. To the left the Ashton Canal continues to Dukinfield Junction.
Th hump in the road marks the bridge where the Hollinwood Canal passes under Greenside Lane. Walkers can peer over the bridge but must continue along the road for a little longer before joining the towpath.
The original route of the Hollinwood Canal comes towards us through the bungalow then crosses Medlock Street towards the camera. Behind the camera the route is walkable without walking around on the roads.
After crossing Medlock Street the route of the Hollinwood Canal is recognisable and restoration doesn’t look too difficult. The route can be walked for 3.8km (2.4 miles) to Waterhouses Junction, and a little beyond.