It’s time to ‘dis­cover Manch­ester’ says CRT

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CON­CERNED AT WHAT it sees as an out-of-date neg­a­tive im­age about the area’s wa­ter­ways, the Canal & River Trust is cam­paign­ing to en­cour­age boaters to sam­ple the un­der­used canals of Manch­ester and the sur­round­ing re­gion – in­clud­ing the re­stored trans-Pen­nine Rochdale and Hud­der­s­field routes.

Launch­ing the cam­paign, Wa­ter­way Man­ager David Bal­dacchino looked back to 20 years ago when “even the build­ings used to turn their backs on the city cen­tre canals” and wa­ter­ways guides warned boaters to “be very care­ful where you moor”. He con­trasted this with to­day when “Pic­cadilly Vil­lage, the Bridge­wa­ter Hall, the Rain Bar and Castle­field (pic­tured) pos­i­tively em­brace their lovely water­side set­tings”.

CRT be­lieves neg­a­tive images per­sist within the boat­ing com­mu­nity. But not all boaters feel that way: as Mark Bratt of lo­cal ho­tel boat com­pany Wan­der­ing Duck put it “our guests love the route and we’ve never had any neg­a­tive feed­back”. He added: “There is no longer a need to get up at 5am and travel through east Manch­ester and the city cen­tre in a day.”

As part of the cam­paign, the Trust has pro­duced a guid­ance leaflet (down­load­able from canal­rivertrust.org.uk) with de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on all the best places to moor to get the best from a trip to the city.

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