Length 3.7 km (2.3 miles), terrain: flat
Manchester running routes:
City center route
Salford Quays route
Rochdale Canal route
For more running routes, see Route List.
Here's a short but fun run in Manchester, UK. The city is making a big comeback after most of the old factories closed their doors in the postwar years. Manchester radiates vitality and creativity, with neighborhood after neighborhood rising from the dead.
|Chill-out area at MediaCity in Salford Quays|
The running route begins at the Salford Quays tram stop, serviced by the Eccles and MediaCity lines. You can get there quickly from the city center.
|Start of the run at St. Peter Basin: head to the left!|
Facing the water, turn to the left and now follow the water's edge, running eastwards through Merchant's Quay. This is one of the first parts of Salford Quays to be redeveloped, with nice brick rowhouses along the quiet little basins, named after saints.
|Homes along Merchants Quay|
Now turn right and head northwards, following the waterside as it then turns right again. The next building ahead is the Holiday Inn Express hotel.
|Cross this drawbridge and then head under the blue bridge behind it!|
Cross the draw bridge, then continue running northwards, under the blue bridge, along Mariner's Canal, lined with nice flats.
|Along Mariners Quay|
You'll circle the east end of the basin and then start heading west again along its northern shore.
|Along Erie basin|
|The Lowry, with IWM in background|
Now cross back again over that bridge, the Millennium Bridge, to the other side of the Lowry and its accompanying shopping center.
Re-cross the drawbridge at the mouth of the basin, but this time keep to the left, along the north side of the Holiday Inn.
Run through the parking area and cross the footbridge back to the homes in Merchants Quay. Now turn left and run back the last few hundred meters to the Salford Quays tram stop.