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Lockdown 25

 

Route description & photos

Start anywhere on Merebrook Road.  Limited on-street parking available.  Walk to the top end of Merebrook Road and over onto Colville Road.  Cross Chester Road onto Maxfield Close and walk to the end (behind St Luke's Church).

Merebrook Road at dawn        Ginnel from Maxfield Close to Dalesford Crescent

Turn left into a long narrow ginnel, following this out onto Dalesford Crescent.  Bear right to walk towards Fallibroome Road, then right again, and left into Fallibroome Close.  Enter another ginnel to walk through to Camborne Avenue on the Greenside Estate. 

Ginnel from Fallibroome Close to Greenside estate (Camborne Avenue)        New residential road to take off Birtles Road

Turn right out of the ginnel and walk to the end of the road.  Turn left into St Austell Avenue, then right into Redruth Avenue.  At the end, turn left into Birtles Road.  Walk up the road, looking out for a new housing development on your right (photo,above right).  Walk to the end of the cul-de-sac and into the footpath that cuts through to Drummond Way.

Cut-through to Drummond Way Muddy path to look out for off Hamble Way Path behind Macclesfield Leisure Centre and Fallibroome School

Walk down Drummond Way, then turn left into Hamble Way.  This starts to double-back on itself, but look out on the right for a muddy path leading out from a residential parking area.

Athletics track behind Macclesfield Leisure Centre        Top football pitch at Fallibroome

This is a very muddy path, not designated as a public right of way, but in customary use.  This leads initially to the grounds behind Macclesfield Leisure Centre, overlooking the 400m athletics track. 

Not the athletics season!        Liam

Continue ahead, atop the embankment, and into another wooded area behind Fallibroome School.  This is private land, but walkers are allowed here when the school is not in session.

Swamp in the woods behind Fallibroome School        A rather novel footbridge over a brook!

The footpath stays to the right of a fence boundary, turning corners with it.  It emerges into the grounds of Macclesfield Rugby Union Football Club.  Head towards the main clubhouse / grandstand, then bear left along an embankment behind the rugby posts.  Continue until the path drops steeply to the main road.  Take care here as it can be very muddy and slippery.

Macclesfield RUFC        King's School

Turn left and cross the road to walk alongside the new King's School campus.  Turn into the school grounds at the public footpath sign. 

Orienteering post on the paths behind Fallibroome School PROW into Kings School campus Footpath between buildings on the King's campus

Continue to follow the footpath signs, leading onto a well-engineered path under a footbridge between the main school building and the sports centre.

newly rerouted PROW through the King's School campus        New public footpath through the King's School campus

The path turns sharp left to continue behind the school.  After a kissing gate, the engineered path ends and suddenly the terrain can be very muddy.  The path goes into Big Wood, rejoining the original route of the right of way before it was necessarily diverted due to the King's School development.

Entrance into Big Wood        Footbridge in Big Wood

Drop into the bottom of Big Wood to cross a wooden footbridge.  Another muddy path the leads between the trees out onto Chelford Road, Prestbury.  Turn right to head towards the village.

From Chelford Road near Prestbury        Footpath from Collar House Drive to the western part of Prestbury

Walk a short distance down Chelford Road, taking care as there are no pavements.  Turn left into Collar House Drive, and soon right down a ginnel marked as a public footpath.

Collar House Drive  Ginnel path from Collar House Drive  Continuing down the ginnel

After the ginnel crosses a stream at a dog-leg, look for another ginnel leading off to the right.  Follow this out onto Birchway, in a residential area of Prestbury.  Turn right onto Castlegate and follow the road out onto the main A538 Prestbury to Wilmslow road - Castle Hill.  Turn right and walk into the village.

Prestbury Village        Henry's Cafe, Prestbury

Henry's Cafe is highly recommended for takeaway hot sandwiches, coffees and homemade cakes.  Alternatively, there is a Co-op just as you enter the village.

Bridge End Lane        Crossing over the railway near Prestbury Station

Walk through the village past the church, and turn right into Bridge End Lane.  This is a cul-de-sac driveway leading over the mainline railway, just south of Prestbury Station.

Bridge End Lane  Ginnel path from Bridge End Lane to Heybridge Lane  Approaching Heybridge Lane

The path continues down another long ginnel, emerging onto Heybridge Lane.  Turn right and walk along the road for about 1km. 

Ignore this path!        This is the one to take

Ignore the first public footpath on your right, but take the second one down a vehicle track.

Footpath towards Tytherington Links        Tytherington Links

Follow the path between the fences until it arrives onto Tytherington Links golf course.  The footpath heads back towards Prestbury village here, but look out for a sign pointing left.  This is the path to follow through the middle of the course.

Left turn to head across the golf course Path across the course is well waymarked Small footbridge on the golf course

After the left turning, the route across the course is then fairly well signposted.  It can be damp across the course after a period of wet weather.  Eventually the path emerges onto Dorchester Way (North).  Turn left for a few yards, then cross the road into a footpath entering into the residential estate.

 

Tytherington Golf Club        Footpath through the residential estate at Tytherington

 

Stay on the footpath until it reaches a kind of T-junction.  Turn right here.

 

Bear right to follow this path        Path crosses a stream before emerging onto another residential road

 

The path follows a brook and emerges onto another residential road.  Another path goes off to the right, which we follow down to Dorchester Way (South).

 

Path towards Dorchester Way (south end)        Path on the right (North) side of Tytherington Wood

 

Cross over Dorchester Way and take the very substantial path along the right-hand side of Tytherington Wood.

 

Tytherington Wood        crossing the footbridge in Tytherington Wood

 

The path continues in a consistent direction between the rear boundaries of residential properties on the right, and the widening, deepening Tytherington Wood to your left.

 

Walking away fromm Tytherington Wood towards the Bollin Valley  Path crossing from the North to the South side of Tytherington Wood

 

As the railway line comes into view through the trees ahead, take the left turning down to the footbridge at the bottom of the wood.  Cross this then climb up the steps on the other side.  Turn right to head towards the Bollin Valley.

 

Bottom of Tytherington Wood  Emerging from Tytherington Wood onto a path high over the Bollin Valley       

 

This leads out onto a scenic path high above the Bollin Valley, and heads in a direction towards Macclesfield.  You will see lots of lower paths down to your right, and options to join them, but it is recommended to stay on the top path for the best views.  The lower path only leads to a bit of a "dead end" anyway, and you'd have to climb back up to the top path.

 

Train heaing into Macclesfield        Steps down to the Bollin Valley, near Beech Hall       

 

As you head back into the woods, look for a stairway heading down beside a metal green fence.  Head down to the Bollin Valley Way and turn right under the railway viaduct.

 

Back under the railway into the Bollin Valley        Footbridge over the River Bollin   

 

Walk a short distance back towards Prestbury on the Bollin Valley Way, but then turn right to cross the large wooden footbridge.  Beside this footbridge is a pipe.  this used to be the crossing method before the bridge was built at the end of the 1980s!  In the mid 1980s, this used to be my route to school, and I would carry my pushbike over this pipe every morning.  The metal spikes weren't there then of course!

 

Pipe and footbridge over the River Bollin     Back in the mid 1980s, there was no footbridge, and this pipe was the only way across the river!  I used to carry my bike across here on my way to school!  (The metal spikes weren't there then!)

 

After the footbridge, keep left and walk up the ramp towards Abbey Road.  Continue to the end of Abbey Road and straight over into the cemetery if it is open.  (If it is not open, then turn right and walk up Westminster Road, and then sharp left as it continues into Bollinbrook Road).

 

Macclesfield Cemetery        Chapel in Macclesfield Cemetery

 

Walk along the cemetery roads, staying fairly close to the Westminster Road boundary.  At the far end, there is a gate exit onto Bollinbrook Road.  Turn left and continue up to the T-junction with Prestbury Road.

 

Cut-through from Prestbury Road to Wren Close        Ginnel from Wren Close to Bittern Grove ("The Peanut")       

 

Turn right into Prestbury Road and walk a few yards until a path an cut-through appears on your left.  This takes you through to Wren Close.  Turn left again into another ginnel that goes through to the peanut-shaped Bittern Grove!  Walk out of Bittern Grove and bear left onto The Whitfield, leading out onto Victoria Road.

 

Entrance to Macclesfield Cricket Club        Macclesfield Cricket Club       

 

If possible, cross straight over Victoria Road and into Macclesfield Cricket Club.  Turn sharp right to follow the vehicle road around the cricket pitch towards the scoreboard.  Just after the scoreboard, turn left onto another paths that follows beside a fence.  Towards the end of this path, look to cut across to your right to get through an open gate onto The Uplands.  This gate seems to be always open at the time of writing, but this is not a guarantee that it will be so.  If locked, the alternative is back up Victoria Road, left onto Pavilion Way and then left again onto a cyclepath that cuts through to Chester Road.

 

Gateway to The Uplands        Merebrook Close

Exit the Uplands onto Chester Road, then cross straight over the roundabout onto Ivy Road.  After a few yards, turn right into Merebrook Close.  Turn left at the top of Merebrook Close to follow the ginnel through to Merebrook Road, at which point the circular route is complete.

Ginnel between Merebrook Close and Merebrook Road        Merebrook Road