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Medlock merges into the Irwell

January 6th. This section is from Dawson Street Bridge and Regent Bridge down to where the Medlock flows into the River Irwell. The Irwell itself flows into the Manchester shipping canal. It is only a brief stretch from Dawson St Bridge to the outlet into the Irwell, but there is no public access to the Medlock at this point. So my walk took me back up Water street (where there is a parking space), onto Regent Road, across Regent Bridge and down onto the footpath on the Salford side of the Irwell. From that side it is possible to see where the Medlock pours out. Further up the Irwell/Ship Canal is a lovely old iron bridge which crosses back into Cornbrook and the multi-bricked arches of the railway viaduct. Actually this bridge marks the meeting points of the boundaries of Salford, Trafford and Manchester. The area has a strong sense of industrial history: Britannia Mills, Timber Wharf, The Box Works, Hulme Junction. A clear frosty day.

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View from Regent Bridge down Irwell to Ship Canal

View from Regent Bridge down Irwell to Ship Canal

Regent Bridge

Regent Bridge

Regent Bridge

Regent Bridge

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Regent Bridge

Regent Bridge

Regent Bridge

Regent Bridge

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Medlock entering Irwell

Medlock entering Irwell

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Manchester Ship Canal

Manchester Ship Canal

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Manchester Ship Canal

Irwell/Manchester Ship Canal. Medlock River enters just beyond trees on right.

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Hulme junction

Hulme junction

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