By river and towpath, along the Rivers Croal and Irwell, and the Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal

Walk Length: approximately 5 ½ miles or 2 ½ miles**

Grade: mostly easy on towpath and tracks; may be muddy. Not suitable for mobility-impaired.

Start: Moses Gate Country Park, Hall Lane, Farnworth, Bolton, BL4 7QN (free car parking).

Grid Reference: 3 degrees 33' 25" N , 2 degrees 23' 22" W; SD 742 991 Postcode: BL4 7QN

Public transport: Bus: 524 (Bolton to Bury via Radcliffe).

Railway Station: Moses Gate (Manchester to Bolton).


This walk follows the Rivers Croal and Irwell and the Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal through attractive countryside that was once a thriving industrial area. We see the surviving remains of transport from these busy days, including a number of canal milestones, a flight of six locks, an iconic steam crane, two impressive packhorse bridges and an aqueduct.


CLICK HERE to download a PDF to print out this walk