April 10th 2010
Easter 2010 Part 12
I had hoped that this hastily rearranged trip to Manchester could include a trip into Salford Quays and the River Irwell but alas it was not to be.
Still waters of Salford Quays
Sculling beneath the swing bridge
A call to the Bridgewater Canal Co informed me that access is only permitted during the cruising season, which starts on 1st May. This was a disappointment but not the end of the world as it offers a reason for a return visit - as if I need one.
A vista worthy of Holland
Whilst a floating exploration was not possible, we embarked on a bike trip which was planned to include the Quays and provided some excellent views of this lovely area. The Quays are huge but to my mind they are of a more human scale to their counterparts in London.
We spent a happy couple of hours having a look at the docks, both those with access to the main waterway and those closed off, till sore bottoms drove is back to the towpath of the Bridgewater Canal and the comforts opf Wand'ring Bark.
Modern Sculpture outside the Quays