The Ashton Canal runs for about 7 miles between Manchester and Ashton under Lyne, England.
It is open for navigation throughout its length and forms part of the Cheshire Ring, linking the "Rochdale Nine" locks in Manchester with the Peak Forest Canal. Since the re-opening of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal in 2001, linking the Ashton Canal with the Huddersfield Broad Canal, the Ashton Canal now forms part of the South Pennine Ring, which also includes the Rochdale Canal.
The "cruise" or virtual tour runs from west to east, but includes views of the canal looking in either direction.
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If you enjoy the "cruise" you can continue your virtual cruise along the Peak Forest Canal from Ashton, or continue along the Huddersfield Canal and back along the Rochdale Canal to complete a virtual South Pennine Ring.
Click here to begin the virtual tour.