Ashton's Field

Region: North West

Here the meandering pathways provide a scenic green corridor for walkers and cyclists and the rich grassland is a great place for children to play, whilst an area of heathland provides a haven for wildlife – in particular, birds.

This charming space is a vital green haven within a predominantly built up urban area. Unusually the site has four blue canal locks but no canal! Or that’s to say no visible canal. The ornamental locks are a tribute to the Underground Duke of Bridgewater canal which runs underneath the site.

Created in the 18th century the Duke of Bridgewater canal was considered groundbreaking, as it was amongst the first in the country built for transporting coal directly from the underground seam to Manchester via the Bridgewater canal. Even by today’s standards it is an impressive feat of engineering.

Location

Cleggs Lane, Walkden, Salford, Greater Manchester, M38 9PU

Site size: 8 hectares

Visitor Information

Opening Hours

Open access.

Car Parking

Limited parking for three cars

Toilets

No
(click here to find the nearest public toilets)

Café

No

Entrance cost

Free

Accessibility

Surfaced paths and gates allow disabled access.

Footpaths

Yes

Dogs

Well controlled dogs are welcome.

Things to do

Walking, cycling and grassland provide plenty.

Conservation, Wildlife, Flora, Fauna

Heathland at the west end of the space is a great place to spot wildlife, particularly birds.


Ashton's Field Contact


The site contact for our Ashton's Field space is Duncan McNaughton Tel: 07769 516461

This space is managed in partnership with Forestry Commission

History

Ashton’s Field is a former colliery established in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Production of coal ceased in the 1960s, at which time the shafts were capped, the offices demolished and the stocking ground and railway sidings decommissioned. The site was transferred to English Partnerships upon the privatisation of British Coal in 1995 and then transferred to the North West Development Agency who oversaw the remediation of the site funded by the National Coalfields Programme.

The 8-hectare site was transferred to the Land Trust in November 2007 along with an endowment which enables the Land Trust and its managing agent to maintain the site in perpetuity as well as managing the environmental liabilities and providing the added value activities for the community.

Development

The site was restored by the Northwest Regional Development Agency using funding from the Homes and Communities Agency’s National Coalfields Programme. The endowment provided by the Coalfields Programme enables the Land Trust and its managing agent to maintain the site in perpetuity as well as managing the environmental liabilities and providing the added value activities for the community.

Land Trust Contact

To contact the Land Trust about this site or how we could help manage your space please email our Estates Manager Sarah Palgrave-Neath or call 07795 126687

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