Newton Hall Bridge
Some of the canal bridges were built to carry 'Rights Of Ways' or 'Ancient Footpath'. Such rights of way have existed for many centuries and they were once considered to be the only safe way to travel, since they avoided bogs and other obstacles. Now these old pathways are getting forgotten and some lost for ever.
As you head away from Ashton Under Lyne this is bridge No. 4 on the Peak Forest canal.
Newton Hall Bridge carries an ancient right of way between Mottram In Longdendale and Dukinfield over the canal. This ancient right of way crosses this bridge, and the path then leads past the farm towards a bridge that crosses the river Tame.
The pathway turns just before this bridge and follows the river for around 3/4 mile.. It then turns upwards again and leads you through Jet Amber fields towards bridge No.3 'Dukinfield Hall or Dukinfield Well Bridge' above, which in turn leads the walker onto Wellbridge Road, past Globe Square and onto Astley Street. This small walk is now one that I take now and then, it gives me exercise, fresh air and a sense of 'belonging' to the area. History is all around us and sometimes we can become apart of it by walking and keeping these pathways open.
Have a great weekend