History and Heritage


2 miles long

Ashton Canal, Portland Basin #Tameside

Ashton Canal, Portland Basin cc-by-sa/2.0 - © David Dixon - geograph.org.uk/p/3260152 – cropped from original

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A 2-mile / 3.2-km walk discovering the industrial past of Ashton under Lyne. This is one of a series of walks designed to show you the world to be explored outside Portland Basin.

Along the way, look out for Ashton Old Baths, which opened in 1870. Initially the pools did not have a water filtration system, but were refilled every Tuesday. The charge for swimming was six pence on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but only two pence from Friday to Monday, when the water was somewhat dirtier!


Although the route is classed as easy, it includes a small number of steps and a some fairly narrow sections of canal towpath. It is therefore not rated as suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

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 link on 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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