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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Portland Basin

A look at Ashton's hidden gem - Portland Basin on the Ashton Canal. This was once a transport hub for the area, being the junction of the Ashton and Peak Forest Canals. The canal fell into disrepair in the mid-twentieth century but has been revived to become an environmental and leisure resource. As was seen here two weeks ago apartments have been built alongside the canal close to the basin.

Tucked away behind industrial buildings, Portland Basin Museum occupies most of the Ashton Canal Warehouse, which was rebuilt in 1999 after being burned down some years earlier. The rest of the building contains apartments, offices and meeting rooms.

A number of boats are moored up at the wharf outside, including six boats awaiting restoration by the Wooden Canal Boat Society.

See Google Aerial View of this location.
See LiveSearch Birds Eye View of this location.


  1. Very nice colorful shot. Are those houseboats of some kind?

  2. Excellent picture of a very interesting place Martin. Thank you for putting me right on my post today. I will be linking back here from my blog if that is OK.


  3. Portland Basin is a fab place - the museum is educational and I've had a fab trip on one of the boats to Marple and back - excellent photo opportunity!


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