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Route description & photos


on Robin Lane, Lyme Green.  There is plenty of on-street parking along here and adjacent side roads.


Junction of Robin Lane and Lyme View        Robin Lane, Lyme Green


Walk south-west along Robin Lane towards the main A523 Macclesfield to Leek road.  Cross over and continue into Gaw End Lane.


Crossing over the A523 into Gaw End Lane        Moss Head Farm


Walk down the lane and bear left onto the public footpath signed through the industrial area. 


Track to Moss Head Boarding Kennels        Continue ahead towards the canal


Go down the track, pass the kennels, through an iron gate and cross the swing bridge over the canal.


Swing bridge        Macclesfield Canal


Turn left onto the canal towpath, and walk to the footbridge. 


Footbridge        Entrance to Sutton Reservoir


Cross over footbridge, and then the A523 main road, and enter the area for Sutton Reservoir.  The mapped public right of way follows an initially banked path towards the right (south) of the reservoir.  Ignore this, and take the wider path heading up on the left.


Sutton Reservoir        Good gravel path around Sutton Reservoir


From the top of the dam, continue around the north side of the reservoir as it becomes a good gravel path designed for anglers.  You may also see some open water swimming enthusiasts around here!


Path continues around the eastern end of Sutton Reservoir        Sutton Reservoir at dusk


At the eastern end of the reservoir, there is a gate onto Leek Old Road.  Ignore this, and bend around to the right, continuing to follow the footpath between the road wall and the reservoir. 


Hawkshead Quarry        Fools Nook


Exit onto Leek Old Road and continue south.  Follow the sharp bend to the right at Hwakshead Quarry and head down to Fools Nook. 


Fools Nook        Back onto the canal


Cross the main road at Fools Nook, and turn right onto the canal towpath.  Look for a public footpath on the left that starts by dropping down a few steps.


Macclesfield Canal        Steps down from the canal


Walk down the steps then cross the small footbridge into Woodhouse Green Farm.  Head up the grassy slope and follow the footpath route around the left of the farm buildings.


Footpath into Woodhouse Green Farm        Woodhouse Green Farm


Turn right out of the farm into Woodhouse End Road.  Continue over the railway bridge.


Woodhouse End Road        West Coast Mainline


Follow the road around as it bends to the right. 


Woodhouse End Road        Footpath to Danes Moss


As it then bends to the left, take a public footpath on the right to head towards Danes Moss.


Sign for the nature reserve        Footpath on Danes Moss


At a crossroads of paths, turn left to follow the Danes Moss Nature Reserve signpost.  The path is now very distinct between two grass banks and fences.


Entering the main part of the nature reserve        Footbridge in the nature reserve


At the start of the main part of the nature reserve, a couple of information boards are passed.  The path now follows an old tramway line across Danes Moss and in places, some of the old sleepers can still be seen.


Danes Moss Nature Reserve, approaching the railway fotbridge        Train approaching Macclesfield


As the railway is approached again, a footbridge can be made out through the trees.  After crossing the footbridge, you are very nearly on the Macclesfield Canal for a second time.


Footbridge        West Coast Mainline towards Macclesfield


Turn left onto the towpath and follow the canal back towards Lyme Green.  Pass underneath the bridge carrying Gaw End Lane.


Back onto the canal again        Gaw End Lane bridge


Exit the canal at the next bridge and turn right onto the A523.  Cross the road to make use of the footbridge.


A523 bridge at Lyme Green        Footbridge parallel to the road canal bridge


Turn left into Lindrum Avenue, then right into Robin Lane.  The route is complete.


Lindrum Avenue        Lyme View, off Robin Lane