Bridgewater Way: Altrincham-Manchester Oxford Road day walk

Canal BasinAn easy day walk to aid recovery following a stay in hospital: a few weeks ago my lower left leg swelled up and I suffered stabbing pains on the left of the upper chest when trying to breathe in deeply. My doctor quickly recognized the symptoms, made a few phone calls, wrote a letter for the medics at A&E and told me to go there at once. His suspicions were correct: after some hours and several tests and a cat scan at A&E, they confirmed it was a DVT clot in the leg, part of which had migrated upwards and caused a pulmonary embolism in my left lung. The chief consultant organized a bed immediately, in the transplant unit no less, where I stayed for four days under close observation during treatment with clexane in case part of the clot reached the right lung. On discharge I was prescribed at least six months on Warfarin to help clear the lung damage, hence no mountain backpacks for so long.

This was the second time we have done this walk since discharge and the first time the entire BW towpath has been open all the way to Manchester with no path closures or diversions. Sections of the way have recently been upgraded to high quality grit surfaces. The southern semi-rural section contrasts with the industrial heritage in the urban northern part and there is much of interest to see.

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7 thoughts on “Bridgewater Way: Altrincham-Manchester Oxford Road day walk

  1. Hi Geoff
    I’m really sorry to hear about your health problems, but am very pleased to see that you’re out walking again. Hopefully, you’ll be back in the hills in the not too distant future.
    My daily dog walk includes a section of the Basingstoke Canal towpath, which runs past the end of my garden on the Surrey/Hampshire border, so I really enjoyed the virtual tour of a very different canal system and the myriad industrial architecture along the way.
    All the best

  2. Thanks Jim, I’m recovering very well.
    The canal network is an excellent resource for local interest and regular walking, I hope it is maintained as well in other parts of the country, they did a fine job here.

  3. Hi Geoff, Very sorry to hear about your health problems, glad that you’re on the mend. Best wishes, JohnT.

  4. Thanks John, the signs are very encouraging.
    We just today arrived back from a 2-day trip, the arduous ascents and tight leg muscles were more a result of the long layoff than anything else, I felt fine otherwise.

  5. Hi Geoff,

    Sorry to hear about the DVT. I have now had one in each leg, although luckily the clots didn’t migrate further than there. Now on life long rat poison (Warfarin). Doesn’t stop me doing anything, although I need to be careful when juggling with chain saws. In my case there were no predisposing factors and the second DVT happened about 2 years after I stopped treatment for the first one. Keep an eye out for symptoms and if you suspect you have another clot, just go straight to A&E.


  6. Thanks Ian. I had my follow-up appointment yesterday and the doctor said the lung damage appears to have cleared up completely. Like you I have no related conditions at all, and in such cases where no other suspicious factor is present, he recommended staying on Warfarin indefinitely to prevent more occurences.
    Looking forward to the next backpack.

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