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The Ashton Canal.

Throughout it's five miles the Aston canal goes through a densely built up area often fairly run down. It's clear water, excellent towpath and the numerous ancient canal structures make it a welcome refuge, allowing people to step out from city life into the atmosphere of the 18th century.

You join it at the top of the Rochdale nine through a sharp junction and straight away start up the eighteen narrow locks which are well spread out throughout the first half of the canal. Extensive new development is transforming this area.

Half way up the locks you pass by the Stadium put up for the Commonwealth games a few years ago.

The last couple of miles are lock free though still built up. The canal finally finishes at Portland basin. The direct line continues on as the Huddersfield narrow canal while the Peak Forest canal turns off sharply to the south at Dunkinfield junction.


Unfortunately we will not be on this canal in 2012 during our cruises.

However we are cruising on many other canals and rivers in 2012, details of these cruises can be found at

routes for 2012.


Some pictures of this canal?

Pictures of the Aston canal.


More information from Reed Boats about this canal.

A history of this canal.

Find our information about other canals on the canal index page.


Unfortunately we will not be on this canal in 2008 during our cruises.


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