The club Boathouse is located on Bridge Water Canal in Sale, 6 miles South-West of the Main University Campus. The Boathouse can be found on Google Maps as “University of Manchester Boat Club”.
The Boathouse features two bays : One is dedicated to small boats while the other houses our various 8+’s, 4+’s and 4x’s. With steel shutters and strengthened doors, the boathouse is secure for students to store their boats inside. The Boathouse also offers changing rooms, showers, WCs and interior bike storage.
The canal is almost always rowable in both directions as we have no current or tidal issues and is shared with Trafford RC. Bridge Water Canal features a 1km straight which is ideal for summer sprint training. The entire length of the canal is lined with a continuous cycle path which enables efficient coaching.
Throughout the year, rowers will enjoy the feeling of escaping the hectic city at the sight of Sale’s tranquility and vegetation.
The map below gives cycling directions between Owens Park Halls of residence and the boathouse. Cycling is by far the easiest way to get to the boathouse.
It is possible to travel by public transport, and there are several options, shown in the map below. The most common option is using the 41 bus towards sale, getting off at Sale, School Road/Sale Tram (Stop G). From the bus stops, there is a 10min walk along the canal heading away from the Tram Station, past the King’s Ransom pub on the other side of the canal. You will get to another bridge and just past this is the boathouse. This bus route is not included in the unirider many students have. Consider buying a day ticket as this may be the cheaper than 2 single trips.
It is also possible to get to the boathouse via the Metrolink tram system using the Bury-Altrincham or Piccadilly-Altrincham line from Piccadilly Gardens and getting off at Dane Road. It is then a minute long walk to the boat house.
Finally, it is of course possible to drive to the boathouse and several members choose to do so. Don’t hesitate to ask if anyone is driving through the appropriate Facebook group. There is Parking space at the Boathouse.