Photo of Abbey Hey Lane Bridge by David Dixon
The Stockport branch of the Ashton Canal is 5 miles (7.87 km) long, leaving the main line at Stockport Junction (otherwise Clayton Junction) between locks 10 and 11 at Clayton and running to a terminus at Stockport Basin. There are no locks. The remains of the canal are in various ownerships.
The area to the east of Manchester stretching across the Pennines has greatly benefited from canal restoration over the years – first the much celebrated reopening of the Peak Forest and Ashton Canals (and with it the invention of the Cheshire Ring), and more recently the completion of the Huddersfield Narrow and Rochdale Canals. Now, attention is being given to the last two remaining unrestored significant waterways in the area, both substantial branches of the short 6¾-mile Ashton Canal, one of which is the Stockport Branch.