History of the Area

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Underground Ancoats circular walk

This walk will take you on a circuit around Ancoats and New Islington. So much has changed in this area in the past few years, and new buildings are springing up around you. But all kinds of things lie beneath your feet that you’ll never see, from a river that powered the industrial revolution in Manchester to an underground pub. Take a little time to enjoy the canals that have shaped Ancoats and find out about underground Ancoats and the traces of the many generations who walked here before you.

This walk was produced by Waterways Explorer, a project concerned with the heritage of European Waterways.

In 2017 Ancoats Canal Project worked with researchers on the project and enjoyed providing input in to the Ancoats walk, which can be accessed here.