It’s time to ‘discover Manchester’ says CRT
CONCERNED AT WHAT it sees as an out-of-date negative image about the area’s waterways, the Canal & River Trust is campaigning to encourage boaters to sample the underused canals of Manchester and the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.