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The Journey begins on 'The Mackie'
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??).
At Oak Grove swing bridge 49 on the Macclesfield Canal. Plenty of casual moorings south of the bridge.
Towards Fools Nook
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
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
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
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.
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