A walk around Manchester, UK, with a camera #1

Another day, another city, but also, another archive. Not a weekend this time – rather a 20,000 plus steps walk in a single day. Another apology too. For a number of reasons, I’ve still only been out with my camera once this year, so no fresh photos.

To make matters worse, on Friday I was put under doctor’s orders not to drive for a week at least, until I’ve been to a TIA clinic. It appears that I may have had a Transient Ischaemic Accident – a minor stroke – not definitely, but a possibility that needs to be investigated. So, no driving and no new places to show you.

However, this archive isn’t as old as the London trip – just last October. You haven’t seen these photos before because, at the time, I was relating the story of the ‘New Tangled Tango’. Most of you, I guess, will remember that, just before I started telling that tale, I took you on a different Manchester tour – on that occasion looking at the city’s skyline from the rooftops of car parks.

On the visit that I begin to reveal today, I left the car behind and caught a train to Manchester – about twenty five miles from my home. From Piccadilly station, I walked Northwards to reach Great Ancoats Street. Ancoats is a district that has had a makeover in recent times. Though the former factories remain, their buildings are a backdrop to a renovation that has divided opinions. Some longer-rooted residents of the area are said to resent the trendy incomers – the bars, the cafes, the aspiring young residents, and the rising costs of housing in the newly-popular gentrified sections.

It’s in one of those sections that we start today – New Islington Basin.

The marina comprises two basins which connect into the Rochdale and Ashton Canals respectively, in a stretch that is dotted with moored canal boats and gently paddling swans, as well as being spanned by bridges: not Manchester’s answer to Venice exactly, but decidedly pleasant anyway.

I don’t pretend to know this area at all. It was my first visit, so I’m really just going to let my photographs tell the story of the area.

I did like the shadows and reflections of the former mill and bridge underside in this link of the Rochdale Canal to the Basin.

Some moored canal boats and a young woman enjoying a morning coffee.

Some nice reflections, converging lines and more moored boats.

Canal boats and bicycles – just how trendy can you get? I loved those ropes and reflections.

I took the image above while I was walking along Redhill Street on my way to the Basin.

In tomorrow’s post I have some more photos of this district for you. This area was a revelation to me, and I’m sure that, for many of you too, the images above will be many miles from how you have imagined Manchester.

The image that I’ve used as today’s Featured Photo is typical of the restful scenes I saw on that Autumn walk. Tomorrow, I continue my ramble around the Basin.

EXIF Data were: I used my Fujifilm X-T4, 26 MP, cropped-sensor, mirrorless camera paired with a Fujinon XF 16-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens,. Shutter speed was 1/280 secs @ f/4 and 22 mm. ISO was 160.

Author: writingandphotography0531

I am a retired local government officer. At that time, I was an IT manager and had associated responsibilities for training. I have previously been involved, in various organisations, with aspects of industrial training and management development. My hobby is photography and, until recently, hillwalking in Snowdonia. I have just written my first novel, Persephone and the Photographer, published as a Kindle eBook.

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