Turn Right At Liverpool And Keep Walking – Day 2 Northern Moor To Ashton On Mersey – 17 September 2015

I’m a bit more prepared today. For one thing I know to bring food and water, the weather is good, and I set off to drive to Northern Moor station and park up nearby. Then rejoin the river where I left off

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The river at this point is prone to flooding and therefore not much is built on it, there are several flood sluices to let the river overflow into the surrounding plains, Chorlton and Sale water parks also serve as overflows for the river. Flooding is not as bad as it once was as the Ship Canal is capable of removing great volumes of water. Flooding is echoed in the names of places along the river such as Sale Ees Flood Gate , Ees being an old English word for flood plain.

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I pass Jacksons Boat- named after a farmer called Jackson who farmed and owned the ferry rights at one point. The bridge was built in 1816 by Samuel Wilton , the ferry rights were still around in 1832 and John Marsland benefitted from tolls (he lived at Highfield Lodge next to Heaton Lodge). The current metal bridge replaced the original wooden one which was washed away in 1881, however a penny toll persisted over the bridge until the 1940s when it was bought by Manchester Corporation. This bridge may be replaced soon as Trafford council have received a grant to upgrade the area.

(https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/historic-jacksons-boat-bridge-could-13828942)

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Whilst I was aware of Sale Water Park, I had never been to it, and had never even heard of Chorlton Water Park. Sale Water Park was a by product of building the motorway in the 1970s – a gravel pit used for construction was flooded. However , nature has taken over and the area looks natural these days. It certainly is a fine place to stroll and take in the views and wildlife, and practise your sailing skills, or fish.

 

 

The locals do seem to enjoy it!

The Mersey is crossed by the Bridgewater canal a little further on

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and a little further on in Ashton On Mersey it seems a good point to stop this stage of the walk. I have done a little better than last week and am no way as knackered as I was after my first walk, I wander out to the roads and look for a bus stop. At this point I learn that bus routes tend to follow the river, and catch a 19A directly back to Northern Moor station.

 

Author: allanprussell

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