Marple Junction - Etruria
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15th April - 18th April 2019 (3 nights)
From: Marple Junction
(Peak Forest canal)
(Trent & Mersey)
Via: Macclesfield canal
HIGHLIGHTS: Marple Junction
High Lane Aquaduct
Once we've caught our breath from our short trip to Bugsworth Basin and back, we'll turn at Marple Junction and be on the Macclesfield Canal now, travelling through green and hilly countryside and isolated stretches (typical of this canal).
Not long after leaving Marple, we'll pass through Goyt Mill (now restored) and soon find ourselves in 'High Lane' on a massive embankment. This is followed by a tall aqueduct (over a railway) and shortly afterwards and over a couple of smaller aqueducts (and the Hovis Mill) . The canal is currently over 500ft above sea-level.
Approaching the outskirts of Bollington, we'll pass the huge Clarence Mill – Once a textile Mill, it's now converted into manufacturing units. A 60ft high embankment and a couple more aqueducts lead us through Bollington.
Also in the Bollington area, we have the Adelphi Mill Mill (once a silk Mill now offices) and the White Nancy monument -(west of Greens Bridge). It was erected by the Gaskill family in the 19th century to commemorate the battle of Waterloo and used as a summer house.
As our journey continues, we’ll pass the Hovis Mill (1820) and the traverse the outskirts of Macclesfield through some lovely rural landscapes – the foothills of the Pennines. Bosley Locks are next to be negotiated before we arrive in Buglawton (a suburb of Congleton).
Leaving Buglawton, keep a look out for some beautiful elegant bridges (known locally as Snake Bridges) as we chug on through more rural landscapes, passing over pool aqueduct at Harding wood junction which crosses over the Trent and Mersey Canal which we’ll shortly be on.
Harecastle Tunnel beckons Once through the tunnel (2926 yards) we’ll chug on to Etruria visitor moorings to end our cruise and our final night’s stay on board. After breakfast our guests can catch a train home from Stoke-on-Trent station or continue their travels.