Heart of the Tame Valley


4 miles long

Peak Forest Canal, Ashton #Tameside

Peak Forest Canal Bridge No 2 cc-by-sa/2.0 - © David Dixon - geograph.org.uk/p/2447092 – cropped from original

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A four-mile walk along tranquil canal and river. This is one of a series of walks designed to show you the world which is to be explored outside Portland Basin.

Half of the route uses the Peak Forest Canal, which runs for 15 miles between Ashton-under-Lyne and Whaley Bridge. It was built in 1794 and links the Ashton Canal with the tramways that brought the limestone from the Peak District quarries.


As the route includes cobbles, stiles and steps, it is not suitable for wheelchair and pushchair-users.

How to get there

Portland Basin Museum is only 0.6 miles / 1 km from Ashton-under-Lyne Metrolink station, and a little further from the train station.

To work out how to get to and from the walk start point, simply click the Google Maps linkon this page. Then click ‘Directions’ and enter your postcode or location in the relevant field. For public transport options, click the train icon.

Alternatively, input the postcode shown on this page into the TfGM journey planner at https://my.tfgm.com/#/planner/

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