Our journey will begin at the city’s Gothic Town Hall and will weave past an array of towering statues of celebrated Mancunian figures to reach The Manchester Central Convention Complex. Formally the city’s original railway terminus, this Grade ll listed building provided invaluable links with London and the rest of the UK from the 1880’s until its closure in 1969.
Edging away from the city centre streets, we will enter the walkways of the UK’s first ever canal; Bridgewater. From here, you will have the opportunity to admire the city’s sensational home of the Halle Orchestra, The Bridgewater Hall, before following our running route through the urbanised Deansgate Locks and emerging at the historic site of Castlefield Basin. Here, our run will meander along the serene banks of the canal system to explore what the waterways have to offer. From old industry architecture, an ancient fort to the picture perfect narrow boats, viaducts and listed bridges, Manchester’s waterways really do have it all!
We then head alongside the River Irwell, taking in the incredible sights of Manchester’s urban regeneration region and one of the city’s most vibrant destinations, Spinningfields. What was famously the slums of industry, Leftbank, is now a thriving hub for work, rest and play. Nestled between cutting edge architecture lie an abundance of unmissable cuisines, bars and attractions. A feast for the eyes and the mouth! As we continue to make our way through the bright lights of the city centre, you will experience some of the ‘hidden gems’ which Manchester has to offer.
Our final destination will bring us along the west side of the Rochdale Canal to Manchester’s world famous Canal Street. Canal Street is the UK’s capital for gay pride; a street brimming with a colourful celebration for Manchester’s love of diversity. The final leg on your journey will take you through the spectacular ethnic enclave of Manchester’s Chinatown, an area which is home to a plethora of Asian culinary art, before returning to our journey’s starting point of the Manchester Town Hall.