Stoke Newcastle Ramblers

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4th June: Sunny Sunday walking via 2 canals

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Photo by Anne Clamp


24 happy ramblers left the roadside parking near to Snape's Aqueduct (old A50 Church Lawton) and walked through fields and woods to Scholar Green down to the Macclesfield canal. Waterproofs on/off, on/off, on and finally off as we sat next to Hall Green lock for a coffee and sandwich. Brief rain to cool down both the day and ramblers. At Hall Green, a lock was built to separate the Macclesfield canal from the Trent and Mersey canal because the water coming down the Macclesfield canal, all the way from Bosley Reservoir via the Bosley locks is from over 15km away, and it is precious. So because the Trent and Mersey would not pay for the water the excess goes to a stream, all for a difference in height of 12 inches!! From the lock we continued to the junction with the Trent and Mersey as the Macclesfield passes over it. We descended via steps to the Trent and Mersey and followed it west back to Snape's Aqueduct via 9 sets of double locks and a 30 metre drop in height. It must have been a real trial for the original boats waiting for locks to fill and empty and there was the Harecastle tunnel also on the Trent and Mersey. There was a disappointment at the end, we had to climb a stile, the rest of the walk being all gated. 24 still happy ramblers finished the walk and then most rejoined to The Lawton Arms for a rest.

Tony Adair

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018