The Bridgewater Way provides a pleasant amble on a sunny day . The towpath has been redeveloped in recent years, and is provides a very accessible path for all abilities of walking. The surface is smooth, and makes a nice alternative to trudging through mud, yet there a plenty of grassy banks for paws to patter along! The reflectons of the surface water on a sunny day. Yesterday, we joined the towpath from Dane Road, parking on Brindle Avenue near The Bridge Inn. From here we strolled down the towpath, passing the Sale Waterside Arts Centre.
Along the towpath, there are occasional information boards detailing some of the industrial history of the canal.
Continuing along the towpath, we saw the private moorings of the Sale Cruising Club on the opposite side (the ‘offside’) of the canal. The canal boats are in varying states of repair, but make a colourful background to the walk. There is a miniature man-powered cable ferry which provides access for members to the off-side: we spotted a dog making a crossing (pictured).
Following the towpath further down past Sale Cemetry, you will arrive at Walton Park. The park has an interesting history: shortly after its opening in 1939, part of the grounds were dug over to make way for vegetable allotments for the “dig for victory” war effort. In a tragic accident on 3 August 1943, at 11:50 pm, a Wellington Bomber on a training exercise crashed into the park, a 2 of its six man crew lost their lives. Its difficult to imagine that the park has such a sad history, as it is now home to verdant lawns and calm flowerbeds.
Walton Park is also home to a small but enchanting model railway, where on a Sunday you will see miniature steam trains doing circuits of the park, which small children can ride on. The steam train is maintained by SAMES, and has been running since 1972 (“Sale Area Model Engineering Society).
After a turn around Walton Park, we followed our tracks back through Sale. At this point you can return to the start, or extend the walk to Crossford Bridge Playing Fields, which although less scenic, provides a good spot for a run around and a game of chase for your canine companion!
Our full route is shown here: