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Lockdown 27

 

Route description & photos

Start anywhere on Merebrook Road.  Walk to the top of Merebrook Road and out onto Chester Road via Colville Road.  Turn right towards Macclesfield.  Look out for an opening in the wall on your left.  Turn into a path, and then immediately right to walk on a good path more or less parallel to the road.  This returns you back onto Chester Road down a few steps.  Turn left into the Villas Estate and then right into The Uplands.  Look for an open gate on your left leading into the cricket ground.

 

Merebrook Road at dawn        Entrance to Macclesfield Cricket Club

 

Walk along the path and then car park of the cricket club and exit the main entrance onto Victoria Road.  Walk straight over into The Whitfields and head through the residential estate.  Turn right into Bittern Grove "The Peanut" and out through an alleyway near its opposite end.  Shortly after you emerge from the alleyway, turn right into Wren Close, and then quickly right again into another alleyway.  This leads out onto Prestbury Road.  Turn right, and then left into Bollinbrook Road.  Walk about three-quarters down the length of this road, then turn right through a gateway into the cemetery.  Walk across the cemetery to its entrance onto Westminster Road, opposite the Pack Horse Bowling Club.

 

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!)

 

Pass to the left of the Pack Horse Bowling Club along Abbey Road before bearing right to walk down a ramp path into the Bollin Valley.  Cross the footbridge and turn right onto the Riverside Park footpath.  After passing under the railway viaduct, turn immediately left up a flight of steps to the back corner of Beech Hall independent school.  Continue on the footpath high on the right-hand bank of the Bollin Valley.  Ignore all the gates on your right until the one that is obviously the "end" - when the path turns sharply left and downhill.  Pass through the gate and then continue in a similar direction until the path swings sharp right into Tytherington Wood.

 

Bollin Valley from the upper path Back under the railway into the Bollin Valley Tytherington Wood

 

Very shortly, turn left down some steps to cross a wooden footbridge, then climb up the other side of the wood.  Turn right onto a good path and follow alongside the wood out onto Dorchester Way.  Continue ahead onto another path.  There is soon a sharp right, then continue to follow the meandering path.  After a wooden footbridge is crossed, turn immediately right over a second footbridge.  Then follow the obvious path through the woods, avoiding the occasional temptation to veer right onto a residential road.

 

Tytherington Wood        Heading out of Tytherington Wood towards Manchester Road

 

At the end of the path, it swings sharp left to cross a third wooden footbridge, then climbs a ramp road past some green silos, and up to the main Manchester Road.

 

Footbridge near Manchester Road        Footpath from Manchester Road through behind Marlborough School

 

Cross over Manchester Road and straight down a public footpath, marked with a "No motor vehicles" roadsign.

 

Don't take this muddy path; you need the one veering off to the left!        This one!

 

After the track swings around to the left, the path splits into two.  Ignore the obvious (and muddy) path that is signed "Public footpath only", but instead veer left to follow a smaller path through the woods on the left-hand side of the stream.

 

An intriguing path from Machester Road to the Silk Road        Pass through to join the Middlewood Way

 

After crossing a small wooden footbridge, this eventually leads out onto Tytherington Drive.  Cross directly over this road into Salisbury Place, which has a small cluster of trees and a brook in its centre.  Continue to the other side of Salisbury Place and enter into the fields (original site of Macclesfield Rugby Union Football Club), turning right onto the Middlewood Way path.

 

Footbridge over the Silk Road Crossing the canal Track to Kerridge

 

Walk along the Middlewood Way path and over the Silk Road footbridge.  On the other side of the footbridge, bear right off the Middlewood Way to reach the canal at a stone bridge, very close by.  Pass over the bridge then continue straight ahead on the track towards Kerridge.

 

Public mudbath in Kerridge!        Continuing the footpath across farmland in Kerridge

 

After about a quarter of a mile, public footpaths lead off on both sides of the track at a crossroads.  Turn left to follow the footpath north towards Kerridge.  These fields can get very muddy!

 

Good advice!        More mud...

 

The footpath continues through six fields, and crosses a road and a track as it does so.  When there is a fork in the path, bear right to head up towards Dawson Farm.  Turn left onto Oak Lane.

 

Farmland footpaths in Kerridge        A welcome dry firm track!

 

On Oak Lane, there may be an "honesty box" stall, with local apple juice, flapjack, chocolate brownies, jams and preserves.  Very close by there is a public footpath that climbs diagonally across the slope, aided by some  paving slabs.  This is the next section of the route.

 

Oak Lane Honesty Box - flapjacks, brownies, jams, chutneys and apple juice!        Public footpath entrance on Oak Lane

 

Climb up the obvious path, marked by the paving slabs, and cross a stone stile to continue diagonally upwards. 

 

This part is not too bad thanks to frequent paving slabs        Footpath emerges between a house and a driveway

 

At a T-junction, bear right to follow a paved and fairly level path beside a hedge.

 

Continuing diagonally up the hill Out-of-date signpost (the Redway closed down years ago!) Paved footpath on the slopes in Kerridge

 

This emerges onto a rising driveway.  Bear left to head up some steps.  This section of the route frequently appears that it is going to be a dead end at someone's private property, but the public right of way does continue, against all the odds!  It continues through a curious "tunnel" before splitting into steep steps on the left, or a ramp path on the right.

 

Climbing up to the top lane at Kerridge Interesting PROW in Kerridge Unusual "tunnel" on the public footpath in Kerridge

 

Bear right to take the ramp path up to the road - Windmill Lane.  Turn right and cross the bridge beneath which the Jacob's Ladder path drops steeply back down to Kerridge.  Bear left into a track marked as a public footpath.  This passes some buildings then turns sharp left and heads up more stairs to the ridge.  Turn right onto the ridge path and follow all the way up to the trig point at the summit. 

 

Climbing up to Lidgetts Lane More steps as the Kerridge Hill ridge is approached Climbing the narrow ridge on Kerridge Hill

 

Just ahead of the summit, you will enjoy a surprisingly narrow (about 2 to 3 metres, so not too scary for those without a head for heights) section of ridge.  Who'd have imagined that in Cheshire?  Make sure you stay on the ridgeline and avoid the numerous other public footpaths veering off in various directions.  Continue past the summit and follow the path down to Kerridge-end, just spouth of Rainow village.

 

Summit of Kerridge Hill        Liam & Tom at Tegg's Nose

 

Turn right at the main road, walk for a few yards then left at the public footpath.  Climb up the field to Bull Hill Lane, onto which you turn right and walk up to Buxton New Road A537.  Cross over the main road and join the Gritstone Trail to walk over the hill to Teggs Nose.  Enjoy a coffee and cake here if desired. 

 

Tegg's Nose Country Park        Steps in Teggs Nose

 

Take the main path into Tegg's Nose Country Park, and follow the high path up to the summit and viewpoint. 

 

View of Warrilow Hill from Teggs Nose summit        Tom at Teggs Nose summit

 

After dropping on the other side of the summit, look for the Griststone Trail route path (clearly marked) to drop down to Langley.

 

View over the Cheshire Plain from Teggs Nose summit        View of Shutlingsloe from Teggs Nose summit

 

Enjoy the magnificent views over the Macclesfield Forest and Shutlingsloe as you walk down the hill to Langley.

 

View over Macclesfield Forest from Teggs Nose        Descending from Teggs Nose towards Langley

 

At the bottom, you will walk along two dams, the first alongside Teggsnose Reservoir, and the second by Bottoms Reservoir.

 

Teggsnose Reservoir Tegg's Nose standing above the reservoir

 

After Bottoms, turn right to head into Langley village.  Look for a ginnel on your right leading down to the recreation ground.

 

Bottoms Reservoir  Ginnel down to the recreation ground  Langley Recreation Ground

 

Bear left to walk through the recreation ground, and look for Barlow's Crossing over the recently-born River Bollin at the other end.  This crossing is far from trivial after a spell of wet weather, and it may be prudent to retrace ones steps and walk along the road through the village instead!

 

Barlow's Crossing  Barlow's Crossing  Public footpath sign on the Hollins

 

After a rather grand hall residence on the right, look for a public footpath on the right.  This leads down to a footbridge, then up a hill onto The Hollins.  Bear left to walk along the clear public footpath over The Hollins and through Macclesfield Golf Club.  When the footpath ends on the golf club access road, look for a path dropping down on the other side, leading into a narrow ginnel between two tall stone walls.  This swings right onto a wider track, which then becomes Richmond Hill, a cobbled cul-de-sac down to Windmill Street recreation ground.  Cross the park to pick up Windmill Street down to the bottom.

 

Dropping down from the Hollins towards the canal Another ginnel Richmond Hill

 

Cross over the main A523 road and directly into Chapel Street opposite.  Continue straight along this street, ignoring the several other streets that cross it at right-angles.  At the T-junction, turn left into Hobson Street, and walk up that until an entrance into South Park on your right.

 

A nightime vista of Macclesfield from the Hollins          Entering South Park from Hobson Street

 

Enter South Park and follow the direction of the initial path, over grass, and onto another path later.  This leads out through a ginnel beside Christ The King Primary School.  Turn right into Ridge View.  Look for a gently rising path just past a street sign and before some houses, and turn left to follow this. This turns right to join the path through Moss Lane Allotments, before emerging to then join the Flower Pot Greenway.  Bear right to follow the Greenway to the Park Lane / Congleton Road / Oxford Road / Ivy Lane junction beside the Flower Pot pub.

 

Ridge View - footpath climbs the small hill from just to the right of the sign Ginnel through Moss Lane Allotments Ginnel behind All Hallows School

 

Continue almost straight on down Oxford Road before turning left to walk up Brooklands Avenue.  Follow the footpath to the left of the entrance to All Hallows School, which leads all the way through to Chester Road.  Turn left and return to the Weston.

 

Ginnel down to Western Avenue          Home at last!