Tameside Walk

Tameside Walk – Portland Basin, Peak Forest Canal, River Tame Circular

ThisTameside walk is a flat one from the Portland Basin in Ashton-under-Lyne to Haughton Dale in Denton. It then goes along both the Peak Forest Canal and the River Tame back to the Portland Basin..

This is an image of the Portland Basin and Museum in this Tameside walk..Start at the free car park at the Portland Basin Museum, which incidentally is well worth a visit, time permitting.  Go over the iron bridge at the canal basin and turn right going over the stone bridge. At the bottom of the bridge turn 180° right and then right again going under the bridge to follow the Peak Forest Canal towpath.

Most of the canalside in this Tameside walk is lined by industrial buildings. However, it eventually reaches countryside before the turn off for the Haughton Dale Nature Reserve. The turn off is just after a footbridge over the canal after a couple of signs for the Nature Reserve are passed. The cobbled path leads down to Gibraltar Bridge over the River Tame by a weir.

At 86 acres Haughton Dale Nature Reserve is the largest in Tameside. Cross the bridge and head right up wooden steps following the river down below to the right. Keep on the main path ignoring any turn offs and cross the road at Mill Lane. The path again follows the river to the right then veers away. Keep to the main path ignoring any turn offs until a large field is reached where half way along a right turn is necessary.

Go through 4 springed metal gates and follow the wide unmade road past Broomstair Nurseries on the right until it meets the A57 Manchester Road at Broomstair. Turn right and carry on to the Broomstair Bridge over the River Tame. Cross the busy road at the bridge and take the path at the end of the bridge which carries on under the motorway and follows the river.

Follow the path by the river until a sign for the Peak Forest Canal and take that direction right uphill on an enclosed path to the canal at the top. Turn left here and head back to the starting point at the Portland Basin Museum.


Tameside Walk — 5 Comments

  1. Hi Bill,
    I tried to read your most recent post, but couldn’t open the full post to read no matter how much clicking I did. Then I tried to leave a comment on that post, but couldn’t open that either. I’m sure it is operator error.

    Neat, that the family has my same last name, Lees. I don’t think we are related though. I’ve said it before, this is a great website you have. Thanks for all the interesting information. ~Victoria Marie Lees

    • Hi Victoria Marie, thanks for bringing that problem to my attention. No it’s not operator error, it’s a technical fault probably caused by one of the plugins I have installed. They do cause problems now and again but finding the solution is not easy.

      I have deactivated a plugin ‘Post Teaser’ so that all the post is now showing but I still cannot figure out why comments on just that one post are not working. That’s the beauty of third party hosting such as blogger and wordpress.com, all the techie stuff and backup is done for you, plus they offer a free hosting and domain name service. With self hosting you have to find the solutions yourself.

      I very much doubt that the Lees family in the post are long distant relatives of yours, Lees is quite a common name in England. Bill

  2. Thanks so much, Bill, for this detailed trek across a varied and diversified landscape. It’s a shame I don’t live over in your neck of the woods. Thanks for the map, though. I’ll keep it in mind if we ever venture over there.

    • If you do ever visit the UK Victoria Marie, then the place for walking is the English Lake District. Although we do have some fine country walking in Tameside it doesn’t compare to the scenery in the Lakes. Thanks for the visit. Bill