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The Irwell

This famous river meanders its way through the city and forming the boundary between Salford and neighbouring Trafford and Manchester city centre.

Over the years, the river has been integral to the development and growth of Salford, with the city largely being built on and around its banks. It has provided locals with a source of transportation, industry, water and leisure. The waterway played a central role in the cotton industry of the 18th century that spear-headed the Industrial Revolution

Rising on the moors at Cliviger it flows south through Bacup, Rawtenstall, Ramsbottom and Bury before merging with the River Roch near Radcliffe. Turning west it is joined by the River Croal near Farnworth and runs south east where it meanders around the centre of Manchester, joining the rivers Irk and Medlock. Again turning west, from Salford until it meets the Mersey south of Irlam, its route was altered in the late 19th century to form part of the course of the Manchester Ship Canal.

Today, there's plenty to do on and around the River Irwell in Salford. Head out on the water, whether it's rowing or on a heritage cruise. Sit on the river's bank at the Mark Addy pub and enjoy the view over a few post-work drinks in the summer. Take a walk along the Irwell Sculpture Trail which takes in the river, along with Clifton Country Park and some unique outdoor art. Hear tall tales and local legends surrounding all the goings-on on the river on a Chapel Street Ale Trail, or simply take a walk on one of the many paths and walkways on the river's bank.

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