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Medlock Valley Way

20 km / 12 miles

Gtr Manchester
The Medlock Valley runs along the course of the River Medlock throughout the whole of East Manchester. The river runs from its source in Bishops Park in Oldham through Tameside into East Manchester where it runs through Clayton Vale and Philips Park, before its confluence with the River Irwell. The Medlock Valley Way one of several routes developed along Manchester's rivers, runs from Ducie Street near Piccadilly Station via Clayton Vale, Daisy Nook and Strines Dale to finish at Bishop Park north east of Oldham. The landscape varies from canal stretches through reclaimed areas to clough woodland and open country near the finish.

A series of laminated cards is still available but out-of-date and inaccurate around the football stadium area. North of Ashton under Lyne parts of the Way coincide with the Tameside Trail and Oldham Way.


Path Type
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Easy; Canal; River; Urban; Industrial History
SJ848981 - Ducie St, Manchester, Gtr Manchester
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SD962084 - Bishop Park, Gtr Manchester
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20.7 Km (12.9 miles)
492 m (1,614 ft) ascent
359 m (1,178 ft)  maximum height