OS Map 277 - Manchester & Salford (Oldham; Rochdale & Stockport) 1:25000 refers
This linear walk of approximately eleven miles from Bury to Salford follows the Irwell Valley Sculpture Trail. For convenience the author used public transport taking the train from Wigan Wallgete to Manchester Victoria then the Metrolink tram to Bury Interchange, returning to the start point using the regular train service from Salford Crescent. Decent footwear is advisable although the route is generally paved and well maintained long stretches of cobble stones being the main obstacle for walkers. The walk starts from the ELR station in Bolton Street, if you are driving there is ample parking on the Irwell Street Car Park (pay and display by the hour or flat fee of £1 on Sundays). Follow the signs to the station, the car park is close by. On leaving Bury Interchange or the car park head west using the underpasses to reach and join the footpath as it follows the Irwell Valley and the disused railway line to the south. Once on the trail the signage is generally easy to follow but walkers should be aware that there is ample scope for error especially when leaving the Manchester, Bolton and Bury canal towpath just south of Radcliffe to rejoin the disused railway after crossing the Irwell by footbridge. Walkers should also note that the footbridge over the Irwell at Lower Kersal in Salford will be closed between March and December 2015, the author has appended an alternative route to map 3 above avoiding the route closure. My particular walk ends on the A6 at the side of Salford University's Maxwell Building from where it is just a short walk to the right to Salford Crescent station. The Irwell Valley Trail continues for a further short distance into Manchester City Centre or alternatively it is just a short walk to Salford Quays.
|Bolton Street Station||SD 802108|
|Irwell Valley Trail||SD 799108|
|Irwell Crossing||SD 796103|
|Sunny Bank Mill||SD 774067|
|M60 Crossing||SD 791038|
|A6044 Littleton Road||SD 807021|
|Roundabout Cromwell Road||SD 817021|
|Gerald Road F/B||SD 822000|
|Frederick Road, F/B||SD 822998|
|A6 Peel Park||SD 821986|
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