232 Sutton

Crossing the Macclesfield Canal at Sutton used to be a hazardous affair for the owner of Canalside Cottage, who used a raft of oil drums. Then British Waterways built a bridge. A footbridge open to walkers is good news, but no sooner had the canal been spanned than the bridge was demolished by a passing car! Now repaired with new, metal steps, the bridge links the towpath with Sutton Reservoir where, in winter, the sun sets in a blaze of orange across the water.

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LOCATION: Three miles south of Macclesfield
START: Turn left off A523 at Lyme Green towards Sutton, then turn right down Leek Old Rd, signed Oakgrove. Roadside parking by Sutton Reservoir Grid ref: SJ922701 Postcode: SK110HZ

DISTANCE: 3.5 miles
TIME: 2 hours
MAP: Explorer Wilmslow, Macclesfield & Congleton Landranger 118
EN ROUTE: Sutton Lane Ends

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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