We had a leisurely start to the day, it was 10 am before we got underway. We travelled back passing Gurnett, before arriving in Macclesfield. Our first stop was by the water point, close to the ‘Hovis Mill’. It was built in the 1820s and was the birthplace of the famous flour.
A couple of boats passed by whilst there, but generally the canal is fairly quiet. Leaving Macclesfield behind we were soon into open countryside, and getting ever closer to the boundary of the ‘Peak District National Park’. The scenery is getting better the further north we go. Arriving at Bollington we passed the ‘Adelphi Mill’, formerly a silk mill, now converted to offices, then passed over Bollington Aquaduct, before arriving at our spot in the shadow of the ‘Clarence Mill’.
Clarence Mill was formerly a textile mill, and just one of many that used to operate in the local area. Now converted into small business units, it along with Adelphi Mill were erected by the Swindells family during the middle of the 19th C. Our plan is to stay put a day or so exploring Bollington, and may be visiting ‘White Nancy’ a monument built by the Gaskell family, overlooking the town to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo.
Totals 5 Miles
Running total 282 Miles 178 Locks 13 Tunnels