Manchester by the Sea – a walk around Salford Quays

Salford, Trafford

1.5 - 2 miles long

MediaCity #Salford

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This is a short walk in the Royal Geographical Society’s “Discovering Britain” series. It explores the regenerated Manchester Docks, now known as Salford Quays.

Tens of thousands of people now live or work at Salford Quays. This gleaming complex in Greater Manchester includes homes, museums, galleries, and most famously, television and radio studios. Yet at the turn of the millennium this was an empty brownfield site, rescued from the remains of derelict docks built nearly 40 miles inland.

From ghost trains and banana boats to race horses and wild deer, this walk explore the stories behind the headlines of this modern media landmark.

Follow the trail by using the map or downloadable guide provided on the Discovering Britain web page.

Accessibility and facilities

Because this walk is totally within an urban area and uses modern, well-surfaced pathways, we are rating it as suitable for wheelchair-users and families with pushchairs. Note, however, that we have not checked conditions on the ground.

Public toilets are available within the Lowry shopping mall, the Lowry arts complex and the Imperial War Museum North. There are also several cafes, restaurants and pubs along the route.

How to get there

The walk starts from the piazza next to the MediaCity Metrolink station, making it ideal for access by public transport. The stated end point is on the Centenary Walkway next to the shopping mall. It is only a short walk from here back to the start point.

To work out how to get to and from the walk start, simply click the Google Maps link shown 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(s) shown on this page into the TfGM journey planner at https://my.tfgm.com/#/planner/

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