021 Poynton

Poynton and coal mining seem unlikely companions, yet once the mines of this desirable commuter village were described as inexhaustible. "Thick veins - of the best quality", wrote J Aikin in his book A Description of the Country from Thirty to Forty Miles Round Manchester. Published in 1795, it tells how, when sinking a well, "before they got to the water the workmen were agreeably surprised with finding one of the finest veins of coal in that county". Nearly two centuries of mining followed, but in 1935 the last pit closed, and now the quiet woods and green fields show little trace of their industrial past. The old colliery inclines have been transformed into pleasant grassy footpaths, and the railway is no more. But the canal is busy again, and barges once black with coal dust, now gleam in brightly painted colours.

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LOCATION: Six miles south-east of Stockport
START: Poynton Coppice car park
Grid ref: SJ943826 Postcode: SK121TF
DISTANCE: 2.5 miles
TIME: 1.5 hours
MAP: Explorer - Wilmslow Macclesfield Landranger 109
EN ROUTE: Macclesfield Canal, Middlewood Way

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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