Bury to Walkden and back via Bolton.

September 2006

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21miles.

Route Description = Starting at Bolton Road Methodist Church on the A58 we briefly got on to the Bury to Bolton railway line via Kingston Close, until we came across the national cycling route 6 which took us down past the sailing club at Elton reservoir and onto the Manchester, Bury, Bolton canal following the canal. The first obstacle is Water Street where the canal has been culverted. Back on to the canal on the other side of the road its was easy to follow the canal.

Next we reached where the canal splits at Prestolee and we took the left fork towards Manchester where we went pass the 2 sets of staircase locks (For more info and pictures on the Bury arm of the canal click here). We left the canal at Prestolee to join Church Road then right on to Stoneclough Road up to Bolton Road. We cross Bolton Road to go up Pilkington Road then right on to Springfield Road and then Left on to Lyon Road which turns into Moss lane and on to Hill Top Road. When we reach the next Bolton Road (Walkden) we turn left down towards Walkden and across the A6 onto Hodge Road and onto Walkden Road. This is where we pick up the old railway from Walkden low level station up to Bolton this line is easy to follow up to the M61 (For more info and pictures on the Bolton (Great Moor Street) to Eccles line click here) . When we got to the the playing fields before the M61 we turn left onto Anchor Lane to cross the M61. After crossing the M61 we turned right down behind the housing estate to pick up the railway line again at around mile maker 11 on the map. The railway is easy to follow again until level street where we went throw park and right onto Bridgeman Street then left onto Rothwell Street left onto Shaw Street then right onto Houghton Street left onto Fletcher Steet and right onto Edgar street.

At the end of Edgar street we joined Trinity Street and head back towards Bury, after crossing over the A666 (St Peters Way) we turned right down Bromwich Street until turning Left onto Wheatfield Street and then right onto Radcliffe Road at the bottom of the hill we turn right onto Woodside place to pick up the old Bury to Bolton Railway line. The line is easy to follow until you get to the housing estate at Bradley Fold where we came off the rail line and turned right onto Boundary Drive ten left onto Bradley land and then Right back onto the old railway where the Bradley Fold railway Station was. The line is again easy to follow until we got to Chatsworth Road then left onto Moss Shaw Way and left again onto Salisbury Road. At the end of Salisbury Road turn right on to Ainsworth Road and then Right back onto the old rialway line at Greenbank Road and back down to the canal and back to the start at Bolton Road Methodist Church.

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