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Top 5 waterway activities

Discover the best of Manchester's waterways with our Top 5 selection.


Bridgewater Canal

Easily Salford’s most historic and famous waterway, this unique stretch of water flows peacefully through the picturesque Worsley village with its half-timber buildings and village green.


Hollingworth Lake

Spanning 118 acres with the dramatic backdrop of Blackstone Edge, the lake is one of the most popular days out in the area. With boating, a nature reserve, trails, events, guided walks, Visitor Centre, community arts, environmental exhibitions, play and picnic areas it is a waterside day out for all the family


Manchester Ship Canal Cruises

Enjoy a fascinating journey along the 35-mile stretch of Manchester Ship Canal Cruise, with lively commentary that reveals the facts, history and dramas of one of Britain's major waterways.


Pennington Flash

Teeming with bird life including Canada geese. Pennington Flash Country Park is a nature reserve centred on a huge lake, this watery wonderland is abundant with butterflies and dragonflies. More info.


Dove Stone Reservoir

Nestling on the border of Oldham and the Peak District National Park, Dove Stone Reservoir is a beautiful spot to visit. It has its own sailing club; a permanent orienteering course; an extensive network of footpaths and good links to areas of open access moorland.