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Lockdown Walks

 

The routes below proved useful for anyone in the Macclesfield area taking part in "March the Month" - a challenge to hit 11,000 steps each day in the month of March 2021, to raise funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK.  The 11K number is in respect of the amount of lives lost to prostate cancer annually in the UK.  More information on the link below:

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During the Coronavirus crisis of 2020, the UK Government imposed a period of "Lockdown", effectively preventing driving out to the countryside for the purposes of hiking.  This was later relaxed to permit up to five minutes of driving, and then again to permit a period of driving that was "less than the period of exercise"!  No time limit was ever imposed on the exercise itself.  In one daily press briefing, Michael Gove did suggest a maximum of one hour in answer to a journalist's question, but this never became a legal requirement, and never appeared in the guidance on the Government website.

I decided it was better not to flirt with the various and changing rules on what driving you could do to permit exercise.  Sitting on a summit could not be considered a justifiable part of that exercise anyway, and I could perfectly well walk from my front door into some fabulous countryside.  Some of these circular routes were quite lengthy and could take a few hours, but all parts of each remained within 4 miles of my home address (mostly within 2 miles in fact), no car journeys were involved whatsoever, plus the routes involved very quiet public footpaths on which it was rare to meet a single other person.

"Lockdown 7" was added after an easing of the restrictions that re-enabled car travel to a walk start-point, as were Lockdown walks 10 to 14 and 17 to 20.  The third period of Lockdown that commenced January 2021 brought back the tougher restrictions, and so walking for me returned to being exclusively from my front door. 

Please be considerate of local residents and landowners when using these routes.  Always follow the countryside code, and keep dogs under close control, especially when passing private gardens.

Walk Description Distance Map

Lockdown 1

Weston-Whirley-Over Alderley-Fittontown-Macclesfield RUFC-Upton-Weston

10.9km

OS Map and route

Lockdown 2

Weston-Whirley-Over Alderley-Hare Hill-Prestbury Golf Course-Upton-Weston

17.6km

OS Map and route

Lockdown 3

Weston-Whirley-Over Alderley-Nether Alderley-Monks Heath-Capesthorne-Redesmere-Tidnock-Gawsworth-Weston

29.1km

OS Map and route

Lockdown 4

Weston-Whirley-Rough Heys Farm-Henbury-Henbury Hall-Pexhill-Underbank Farm-New Farm-Weston

13.0km

OS Map and route

Lockdown 5

Weston-Broken Cross-New Farm-Penningtons Lane-Danes Moss-Moss Lane Allotments-Flower Pot Greenway-Chester Road-Weston

8.6km

OS Map and route

Lockdown 6

Weston-Broken Cross-New Farm-Penningtons Lane-Danes Moss-Macclesfield Canal-Danes Moss-Gawsmoor-Gawsworth Road-Weston

12.4km

OS Map and route

Lockdown 7

Goostrey-Goostrey Station-Blackden Manor Farm-Kermincham Hall-Dane Valley Way-Twemlow Viaduct-Goostrey

9.0km

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Lockdown 8 Pack Horse-Whirley-Fittontown-Fallibroome-Prestbury-Tytherington Links-Macclesfield Canal-Higherfence-Tegg's Nose-Hollins-Macclesfield Canal-Lyme Green-Danes Moss-Penningtons Lane-New Farm-Gawsworth Road-Pack Horse 31.6km

OS Map and route

Lockdown 9 Weston (Gawsworth Road)-Dalehouse Farm-Gawsmoor-Warren-Dark Lane-Underbank Farm-New Farm-Gawsworth Road 6.0km

OS Map and route

Lockdown 10 Kettleshulme-Cornfield Farm-Moorside-Dissop Head-Bowstonegate-Sponds Hill-Bakestonedale Road-Charles Head Farm-Near Garr Farm-Kettleshulme 10.1km

OS Map and route

Lockdown 11 Cat & Fiddle-Derbyshire Bridge-Goyt Valley-Errwood Reservoir-Pym Chair-Shining Tor-Peak View-Cat & Fiddle 13.9km

OS Map and route

Lockdown 12 Cat & Fiddle-Danethorn Hollow-Cumberland Brook-Clough House-Shutlingsloe-Macclesfield Forest-Broughsplace-Chest Hollow-Peak View Tea Rooms-Cat & Fiddle 11.6km

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Lockdown 13 Cat & Fiddle-Danethorn Hollow-Cumberland Brook-Clough House-Shutlingsloe-Macclesfield Forest-Forest Chapel-Whitehills-Greenways Farm-Lamaload Reservoir-Shining Tor-Cat & Fiddle 17.1km

OS Map and route

Lockdown 14 Whirley Hall-Over Alderley-Fittontown-Whirley Grove-Whirley-Whirley Hall 5.4km OS Map and route
Lockdown 15 Weston-Broken Cross-Henbury-Rough Heys Farm-Whirley Hall-Longmoss-Whirley-Greenside-Weston 7.4km OS Map and route
Lockdown 16 Weston-Greenside-Whirley-Rough Heys Farm-Henbury-Blacksmiths Arms-Henbury Hall-Pexhill-Underbank-New Farm-Penningtons Lane-Danes Moss-Moss Lane Allotments-Flower Pot Greenway-Chester Road-Weston 17.0km OS Map and route
Lockdown 17 Wincle Brewery-Dane Valley Way-Lud's Church-Roach End-Back Forest-Hanging Stone-Danbridge-Wincle Brewery 9.7km OS Map and route
Lockdown 18 Bamford Station-Bamford Mill-Bamford-Mooredge-Bamford Edge-Bole Hill-Upper Hurst Farm-Hurstclough Lane-Sickleholme Golf Club-Bamford Station 9.7km OS Map and route
Lockdown 19 Fools Nook-Macclesfield Canal-Sutton Reservoir-Oakgrove-Hawkshead Quarry-Hanginggate Farm-Croker Hill-Sutton Common-Wincle Minn-Stilesmeadow Farm-Bosley Reservoir-Bosley Village-Bosley Wood Treatment-Macclesfield Canal-Fools Nook 18.2km OS Map and route
Lockdown 20 Dial Lane-Bridestones-The Cloud-Gosberryhole Lane-Dial Lane 4.4km OS Map and route
Lockdown 21 Weston-Bollin Valley-Middlewood Way-Kerridge-White Nancy-Rainow-Tegg's Nose-Blakelow-Macclesfield-Weston 19.7km OS Map and route
Lockdown 22 Weston-Whirley-Fallibroome-Prestbury Golf Club-Prestbury Village-Tytherington Links-Tytherington Wood-Bollin Valley-Cemetery-Cricket Club-Weston 14.5km OS Map and route
Lockdown 23 Weston-Rugby Club-Kings School-Prestbury Golf Club-Prestbury Village-Tytherington Links-Tytherington Wood-Bollin Valley-Cemetery-Cricket Club-Weston 12.6km OS Map and route
Lockdown 24 Weston-Greenside-Athletics Track-Fallibroome Woods-Macclesfield Rugby Club-King's School-Big Wood-Prestbury Golf Club-Upton-Upton Priory-Victoria Road-Weston 9.5km OS Map and route
Lockdown 25 Weston-Greenside-Athletics Track-Fallibroome Woods-Macclesfield Rugby Club-King's School-Big Wood-Prestbury Village-Tytherington Links-Tytherington Wood-Bollin Valley-Cemetery-Cricket Club-Weston 14.1km OS Map and route
Lockdown 26 Higher Hurdsfield (Higher Fold)-Swanscoe Hall-Swanscoe Farm-Jacob's Ladder-Kerridge Hill-Kerridge-end-Calrofold-Cliff Hill-Higher Hurdsfield (Higher Fold) 6.3km OS Map and route
Lockdown 27 Weston-Cricket Club-Cemetery-Bollin Valley-Tytherington Wood-Kerridge-Kerridge Hill-Kerridge-end-Tegg's Nose-Bottoms Reservoir-Teggsnose Reservoir-Langley-The Hollins-Macclesfield-South Park-Flower Pot Greenway-Weston 23.3km OS Map and route
Lockdown 28 Weston-Cricket Club-Cemetery-Bollin Valley-Tytherington Wood-Kerridge-Jacob's Ladder-Kerridge Hill-Kerridge-end-Calrofold-Cliff Hill-Higher Hurdsfield-Higher Fence-Macclesfield Canal-Victoria Park-108 Steps-Macclesfield-Weston 18.9km OS Map and route
Lockdown 29 Weston-Bollin Valley-Tytherington Wood-Kerridge-Rainow-Gritstone Trail-Hordern Farm-Macclesfield Forest-Ridgegate Reservoir-Langleypool-Sutton Hall-Macclesfield Canal-Danes Moss-Penningtons Lane-New Farm-Broken Cross-Weston 27.8km OS Map and route
Lockdown 30 Market Place (Macclesfield)-Station Street-Beech Farm-Bollin Valley-Tytherington Wood-Middlewood Way-Silk Road footbridge-Astra Zeneca/Silk Road-McDonald's-Middlewood Way-Tesco-Waters Green-Step Hill-Market Place 8.2km OS Map and route
Lockdown 31 Weston-Greenside-Whirley-Whirley Hall-Hocker Lane-Alderley Park-Capesthorne Hall-Lingards Farm-Henbury Moss Farm-Bearhurst Farm-Lower Pexhill-Underbank-New Farm-Weston 19.3km OS Map and route
Lockdown 32 Weston-Cricket ground-Cemetery-Bollin Valley-Middlewood Way-Kerridge-Jacob's Ladder-Kerridge Hill-Rainow-Gritstone Trail-Hordern Farm-Buxton Road-Cliff Lane-Higher Hurdsfield-Macclesfield (Market Place)-Chestergate-Chester Road-Weston 16.7km OS Map and route
Lockdown 33 Lyme Green-Gaw End Lane-Moss Head Farm-Macclesfield Canal-Sutton Reservoir-Oakgrove-Danes Moss-Macclesfield Canal-Lyme Green 8.6km OS Map and route
Lockdown 34 Lyme Green-Macclesfield Canal-Danes Moss Playing Fields-Congleton Road-Danes Moss Farm-Danes Moss Nature Reserve-Macclesfield Canal-Gaw End Lane-Lyme Green 6.6km OS Map and route
Lockdown 35 Lyme Green-Macc Canal-Gaw End Lane-Macc Canal-Danes Moss-Woodhouse Green-Sutton Reservoir-Sutton-Sutton Hall-Macc Canal-Lyme Green 8.7km OS Map and route
Lockdown 36 Westwood-North Staffordshire Railway-Churnet Valley-Staffordshire Way-Ladderedge Country Park-Barnfields-Leek-Westwood 8.1km OS Map and route
Lockdown 37 Ivy-New Farm-Underbank Farm-Warren-Tarmac-Gawsworth Hall-Danes Moss Nature Reserve-Macclesfield Canal-Turf Lane-Moss Lane Allotments-Flower Pot Greenway-Ivy 13.6km OS Map and route
Lockdown 38 Higher Fold-Swanscoe-Kerridge-Ingersley Vale-Waulkmill-Rainow-Hordern Farm-Cliff Lane-Higher Fold 9.6km OS Map and route
Lockdown 39 Redesmere-Capesthorne Hall-Astle Farm-Brook House Farm-Whisterfield-Moss Farm-Siddington-Redesmere 10.5km OS Map and route
Lockdown 40 Weston-Greenside-Whirley-Nether Alderley-Sandle Heath-Chelford-Egerton Arms-Chelford Heath-Astle Farm-Capesthorne-Redesmere-Pexhill-Underbank-New Farm-Weston 30.0km OS Map and route
Lockdown 41 Westwood-North Staffordshire Railway-Rudyard Lake-Canal feeder-North Staffordshire Railway-Westwood 5.5km OS Map and route
Lockdown 42 Tegg's Nose Country Park-Brink Farm-Walker Barn-Lamaload-Shining Tor-Peak View-Bottom of the Oven-Forest Chapel-Macclesfield Forest-Tegg's Nose Country Park 16.2km OS Map and route
Lockdown 43 Westwood-North Staffordshire Railway-Rudyard Lake-Canal feeder-Barnfields-Leek-North Staffordshire Railway-Westwood 10.6km OS Map and route
Lockdown 44 Chelford Station-Chelford Village-Chelford Heath-Astle Park-Chelford Station 2.3km OS Map and route
Lockdown 45 Chelford Village-Chelford Heath-Astle Park-Chelford Corner Shoppe-St John's Church-Astle Farm West-Stubby Lane-George's Wood-Buzzy Bees Woodland Walk-Carter Lane-Oak Road-Chelford Village 7.5km OS Map and route
Lockdown 46 Weston-Greenside-Whirley-Henbury-Lingards Farm-Capesthorne Hall-Blake House Farm-Siddington-Redesmere-Bearhurst Farm-Underbank-New Farm-Weston 20.2km OS Map and route
Lockdown 47 Chinley-Cracken Edge-Peep-O-Day-Mount Famine-South Head-Hollow Shaw-Chinley 9.4km

OS Map and route

Lockdown 48 Peep-O-Day-Kinderlow End-Kinder Low-Edale Rocks-Brown Knoll-South Head-Peep-O-Day 10.9km

OS Map and route

Lockdown 49 TBC ?km

OS Map and route

Lockdown 50 Weston-Bollin Valley-Hurdsfield-Cliffe Farm-Brink Farm-Lamaload-Shining Tor-Cat & Fiddle-Danebower Hollow-Three Shires Head-Gradbach-Lud's Church-Buxton Brow-Turner's Pool-Gun-Shaw-Rushton Spencer-North Staffordshire Railway-Gritstone Trail-The Cloud-Wood Treatment-North Staffordshire Railway-Bosley Locks-Macclesfield Canal-Danes Moss-Moss Lane Allotments-Flower Pot Greenway-Weston 55.2km

OS Map and route

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