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.