Photography - Photographs from my long walk home

The Journey begins on 'The Mackie'

The cows drink at the edge of the Macclesfield Canal - known to those that frequent the canal on barges as 'The Mackie'
The cows drink at the edge of the Macclesfield Canal - known to those that frequent the canal on barges as 'The Mackie'
Tow path - Pretty swing bridge
Tow path - Pretty swing bridge
Footpath through the woods
Footpath through the woods
Swing bridge leading to a private house and land
Swing bridge leading to a private house and land
First  barge to pass by
First barge to pass by
Flood plain
Flood plain

Midsummer 2010

This was my 22.7 mile walk home last midsummers day. It was a lovely day and I had a lovely walk. Setting off at 9am and arriving home just after 7pm. The pictures are almost in order but not quite. I will work on them as and when I can to get them in the correct order. My hub - The Long Walk home continued will appear soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the photographs.

The journey actually started at Macclesfield bus station, from there I headed to the football ground along Mill street, then Mill Lane, Cross Street and London Road. I met one of my witnesses at the football ground then we headed for the canal. The Macclesfield Canal towpath at the rear of Homebase on the Lyme Green Business Park. We turned right onto the towpath and walked along the canal with another witness and her young dog Lulu.

We walked along the Macclesfield Canal towpath towards an area locally known as Fools Nook. From there we headed to Bosley Locks and on to Bosley Cloud getting off the canal at bridge number 57 (I remember this because it reminded me of Heinz 57 (don't ask??).

Fools Nook

At Oak Grove swing bridge 49 on the Macclesfield Canal. Plenty of casual moorings south of the bridge.

Towards Fools Nook

Barge / Narrowboat
Barge / Narrowboat
Old sign post
Old sign post
Other side of old sign post
Other side of old sign post
Fools Nook  At Oak Grove swing bridge 49 on the Macclesfield Canal. Plenty of casual moorings south of the bridge.
Fools Nook At Oak Grove swing bridge 49 on the Macclesfield Canal. Plenty of casual moorings south of the bridge.
Vintage cars at Fools Nook plus old barges
Vintage cars at Fools Nook plus old barges
Vintage Barge
Vintage Barge

Bosley Locks - Bosley Flight

Bosley Flight - the only flight of locks on the Macclesfield canal, are unusual for a narrow canal in having mitre gates at both ends, rather than the usual arrangement of a single top gate.

Approach to Bosley Locks

Bosley Barge / Narrowboat
Bosley Barge / Narrowboat
Large Farm on way to Bosley Locks - plus lots of moorings with barges
Large Farm on way to Bosley Locks - plus lots of moorings with barges
Hello sheep
Hello sheep
Small Barge passing by
Small Barge passing by
The approach to Bosley Locks
The approach to Bosley Locks
Approaching Bosley Locks
Approaching Bosley Locks
Bosley Locks - start of the 12 locks
Bosley Locks - start of the 12 locks
Lock & facilities
Lock & facilities
The amenities at Bosley Locks
The amenities at Bosley Locks
Bridge at start of Bosley Locks
Bridge at start of Bosley Locks
Going under the bridge at the start of Bosley Locks
Going under the bridge at the start of Bosley Locks
Lock 4 Bosley Flight
Lock 4 Bosley Flight
Lock 6
Lock 6
Lock 6 Bosley Locks with narrowboat coming through
Lock 6 Bosley Locks with narrowboat coming through
Lock 8
Lock 8
Lock 11
Lock 11
Lock 12 Bosley Locks
Lock 12 Bosley Locks
Example of a Roving Bridge - Bridge 29 on The Msckie
Example of a Roving Bridge - Bridge 29 on The Msckie

Some of the Bridges on The Mackie

The Macclesfield Canal is renowned for its elegant roving bridges, locally known as Snake Bridges.

Roving bridges enabled the horse that were pulling the narrowboats to cross the bridge when the tow path changed to the opposite side of the canal.

Typical bridge is opposite - Bridge 29.

Some of the bridges along the way

Bridge 50
Bridge 50
Old rail bridge - iron
Old rail bridge - iron
Bridge 52
Bridge 52
Bridge 53
Bridge 53
Bridge 57
Bridge 57
Bridge 57 plus canal overflow area - snack break
Bridge 57 plus canal overflow area - snack break
The cornfield
The cornfield
Our path through the cornfield
Our path through the cornfield

The Knot Inn, Rushton Spencer

The Knot Inn dates back to the 19th century.  It was previously known as The Station Inn and stands just off the A52 in the village of Rushton Spencer, between Macclesfield and Leek  in close proximity to  a disused branch railway line and station house.

Heading towards The Knot Inn at Rushton

The Cloud at Bosley
The Cloud at Bosley
The road to climb towards The Cloud, Bosley
The road to climb towards The Cloud, Bosley
Goats along the way
Goats along the way
Looking back down the road we just climbed
Looking back down the road we just climbed
The turning towards the farms at the foot of Bosley Cloud
The turning towards the farms at the foot of Bosley Cloud
One of the fields we crossed
One of the fields we crossed
The Staffordshire Way
The Staffordshire Way
Closer - The Staffordshire Way
Closer - The Staffordshire Way
The path to the Gritstone Trail
The path to the Gritstone Trail
The Gritstone Trail
The Gritstone Trail
Which way now...
Which way now...
Direction signs - Left for The Knot Inn
Direction signs - Left for The Knot Inn
The Knot Inn, Rushton, Bosley
The Knot Inn, Rushton, Bosley
Lunch area
Lunch area

Rudyard Lake

This was where we turned left to crossed what was a cornfield. On the other side of the field is a wood treatment plant and the foot of the hill that we had to walk up to reach the lane at the foot of Bosley Cloud. We turn left down the lane, pass a couple of farms and then turn right down another country lane. Eventually we arrive at the sign posts indicating which way to go to reach the Knott Inn. We have lunch at the Knott Inn and one of my witnesses swaps places with his wife who will take me to the end of the trek. My second witness and her dog will continue until Rudyard Railway Station. After lunch we hit the trail again. This time heading for the footpath that skirts Rudyard Lake. It is a beautiful day and the Lake looks fantastic.

This trek continues....

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leni sands 5 years ago from UK Author

K J Setter it was nice of you to join us - better late than never. Will probably doing another walk soon, so my camera will be very ready. These walks are done to raise money for charity.


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K J Setter 5 years ago

Found this long after you posted it.

But thanks - very nice experience - following along with all you viewed on your walk.


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leni sands 5 years ago from UK Author

Thank you for joining me on my walk. I will be walking again on Midsummers day (24th June) - raising money for Oxfam so please keep an eye on my hubs, more photo's to come.


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WalksThroughLife 5 years ago from Utah

What great pictures. Thanks for sharing!


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leni sands 5 years ago from UK Author

Thank you epigramman and Fossillady for your kind words. I have been editing a crime writers book prior to publishing so haven't had much time to do any of my own writing since Christmas - hope to be back in the fold soon. I am a little perturbed at present because I put some questions on last night received two answers and couldn't read them because for some reason hubpages closed them saying they were to promotional. I did put a link in to the Country Music Creetown festival we have here in UK in Scotland to give an example of what I was looking for but I didn't think it was promotional. hey ho!!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Hello leni, I already follow you, but haven't seen anything from you for a while. I get a kick out of Epiman playing the hub match maker. Loved this hub. We don't have anything like these canals that I know of in US. It seems old world. Great Job showing us the countryside!


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well believe me you should take the long walk home more often - lol lol - because these pictures are absolutely amazing - and take me far far away to another time and place! I have a homework assignment for you - my friend's name here at the Hub is the Fossillady - please check out her photography - like yours it's world class all the way - I will send her your way - so that the two of you can meet and perhaps compare notes!

In closing thanks for being in my life here at the HUB and keep thinking good thoughts!~


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leni sands 5 years ago from UK Author

Thank you Jame A Watkins, it was a lovely walk thank you for joining me.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I enjoyed taking this journey with you very much. Thank you for sharing your lovely photographs. Happy trails!


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leni sands 6 years ago from UK Author

You are very well, Zsuzsy Bee. I will of course have many more walks to share - particularly over the next few months because they are reopening the steam railway near us - 75 years after it closed. My camera cannot wait! Hope to see you again soon.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

What a beautiful country side. Thanks for taking me along. Loved every minute of it.

Kindest regards Zsuzsy


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leni sands 6 years ago from UK Author

Thank you Shirley.


Shirley 6 years ago

Really lovely walk


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leni sands 6 years ago from UK Author

and then Rushton, Rudyard, Denford...Literature Fairy - and you'd love every minute of it. Thanks for joining me on my long walk home.


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Literature Fairy 6 years ago from England, UK.

So beautiful! Makes me want to jump in a car and head to Macclesfield right now! :)


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leni sands 6 years ago from UK Author

Thank you, vocalcoach, for tagging along, the journey is not yet over, please drop in again to finish the walk with me - you could give me some singing lessons along the way.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Stunning pictures! Thank you for taking me on this amazing tip. Enjoyed it so very much.


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leni sands 6 years ago from UK Author

You are most welcome SentMe. Thank you for your comment.


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SentMe 6 years ago from A galaxy far, far away...

Thank you for bringing a piece of your journey to my eyes. :) Very beautiful!


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leni sands 6 years ago from UK Author

I apologise for breaking your heart, sorry to hear that ill health ended your dream. I have friends that live on a narrowboat and another friend who owns a small 40 foot barge. I love going out on the boats on the canal and taking long walks with my camera - check out my hubs on the Cauldon Canal. Thanks for your comment, John Holden, keep checking back for the rest of the journey. Take care, Leni.


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John Holden 6 years ago

Leni, I intended to retire onto a narrow boat. Ill health put paid to that idea. Your hubs are breaking my heart! Keep it up :-)


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leni sands 6 years ago from UK Author

Thank you, Marlin 55 and welcome to my hubs


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Marlin 55 6 years ago from USA

Great photos Leni. Absolutely beautiful.


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leni sands 6 years ago from UK Author

It is the most beautiful walk I have done so far. Some people call them barges others call them narrowboats. Glad you like them. I will be adding the rest of the walk very soon...


ladyt11 6 years ago

What a scenic route to walk! Absolutely gorgeous and I love the barges! Thanks for sharing!!!


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leni sands 6 years ago from UK Author

Hi dahoglund - closer up views - I just discovered the zoom in my digital camera, it's a real learning curve. Some of them were actually because I was actually closer. I am trying to research some of the areas in the photographs to add some factual information as well so it might take a while to complete this hub. Thanks for dropping by.


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Very nice pictures.I especially like the ones with closer up views.


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leni sands 6 years ago from UK Author

MartieCoester, lovely to see you here again. Please pop in again to see the rest of the walk.


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leni sands 6 years ago from UK Author

France Travel Inf - it was a wonderful walk. Your daughter lives in a lovely part of the UK as well - This Green and pleasant land. Please drop in again to see the rest of the walk. I will try to add a few more photographs every day until the finish. I thought the walk took a while but the documentation of it is taking far longer...


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Thanks for a lovely walk! Beautiful pictures!


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France Travel Inf 6 years ago

This was a wonderful journey. My daughter lives in Leamington Spa and this just makes me miss being there with her so much. Thank you for sharing!

Debbie - Admin for www.france-travel-info.com


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leni sands 6 years ago from UK Author

Thanks saleheensblog, I will be adding the info as you suggest. I'm still trying to work out which bit of the walk each photograph belongs to. I think I'm about two thirds of the way through the walk and still have some photographs to add both at the end and within the photographs already posted. I decided to publish it even though it wasn't finished because I think people will enjoy the pictures anyway. I haven't been using my camera for that long and I am quite proud of my results. I have split it into area titles to try to help me get them into some order. Keep checking back to see if I have managed to sort it all out. Thanks for your comments.

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