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HOT NEWS!!!! The Medlock Valley Project won Area Based Regeneration Award at the BURA Waterways Renaissance Awards 2009 on Tuesday 31st March 2009. This is through the dedication of all the partners involved including Groundwork, New East Manchester, Manchester Leisure, Friends of Clayton Vale and Friends of Philips Park. More information to follow... Medlock Valley runs through the heart of East Manchester, running east to west through Clayton Vale, Philips Park, SportsCity, Holt Town, Medlock Outlook, Lower Medlock through the City Centre to join the Irwell at Castlefield.

The river  begins upstream at Strinesdale Reservoir to the north east of Oldham, flowing through East Manchester to join the Irwell/Manchester Ship Canal at Castlefield.

The Industrial Revolution exacted a heavy toll on the river, with factories and waste tips lining its banks. Recent restoration of the river and its landscape has seen an improvement in water quality and the return of fish and other wildlife.
Valley in east Manchester

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This website contains information about the natural environment, history and recreation along the Valley. Explore the links on the left to find out more.