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The Salford Trail

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                          Salford. Don't Just Talk About It, Walk About It.

For those wishing to use an Ordnance Survey map along with the walk instructions, the Explorer 277 covering Manchester and Salford and Explorer 276 covering Bolton, Warrington and Wigan are the ones to use.                                                                                
The Salford Trail is a continuous walk along permitted footpaths and roads wherever possible, wholly within the city of Salford and the only walk of such length in the whole of Lancashire, being within the boundaries of one city. The paths covered are varied, being through historic heritage areas, along river and canal side, taking in country parks, fields, moss lands, inner city footpaths and former railway tracks known as loop lines.

The aim of the trail is mainly to provide a long distance walk of up to 60 miles as a means of leisurely exercise, which can be completed in short walks or long distances by the energetic. Throughout the walk, one is never more than a half mile or so from a bus route or a main thoroughfare, although at times it may seem as isolated as any countryside area, free from traffic noise with only the wildlife for company. 
Wherever possible designated rights of way as indicated on Ordnance Survey maps are used, but in other cases canal, riverside and loop lines, which are not designated as such on maps, but are permissive paths used in many cases in promotional leaflets by the owners or Salford Council to promote healthy living and educational activities. Every precaution has been taken to be sure that no risks are taken and no unsafe paths have been designated. Good footwear and weather protection is recommended at all times.                                                                   

At certain times of the year, some areas of the Salford Trail are heavily covered in greenery of varying types, this is unavoidable, but may obscure some signs or the objects identified for guidance. Salford is a constantly developing city, so there may be examples of new or demolished buildings in certain areas. Please take care in following the instruction and in the case of any noticeable changes that may have an influence on the enjoyment of the trail please advise such via the e-mail link on this page.                                                                     

The Salford Trail is rich in many points of interest. Most certainly Salford’s Industrial Heritage is second to none, benefiting from being at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. However, all the scars created by the Industrial Revolution have been consigned to the past, while the river and canal side walks have now evolved a rich variety of wildlife.                       

The changes over the past few years have seen Kingfisher, Heron, Swan, Cormorant and many species of Geese and Duck spotted along the way. a sure measure of how the quality of the river has changed. The river Irwell is now a popular fishing haunt all the way through Salford as far as the lower reaches of the river and Salford Quays. Salford Quays itself has its own large lagoons separate from the river and canal, which are stocked with many types of fish in the clean oxygenated waters.                                               

In the area around Salford Quays a local study group have identified over 100 separate bird species.                                                                       

The long term intention is to have the Salford Trail shown on O.S. Maps, but first of all permission must be obtained from landowners to walk over certain paths, all signs to be in place and other criteria met.                                                                     

If you have any comments or suggestions with regard to this website, they can be made by e-mail to Roy Bullock at the following e-mail address:-

Site last updated  10.08.2019