332 Rushton Spencer

Thousands of gallons of water are needed every time a boat passes through a canal lock, but where does it all come from? Well at Rushton Spencer the answer is out of the River Dane. Here a feeder winds its way across the wooded hillside to Rudyard Lake and the Caldon Canal. It's a quiet spot where deer come down to drink at the water's edge and only an occasional walker tramps paths once traversed by pack ponies.

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LOCATION: Eight miles south of Macclesfield
START: Rushton Spencer. Turn right off A523 down Station Lane to Staffordshire Way car park Grid ref: SJ935624 Postcode: SK110QU

DISTANCE: 6 miles
GRADE: Moderate. Canal path can be muddy
TIME: 3 hours
MAP: Outdoor Leisure - White Peak Landranger 118
EN ROUTE: Gritstone Trail, Dane Feeder, Heaton, Churnet Valley Railway, Barleigh Ford

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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