362 Holmes Chapel

Bullet holes in the church tower mark the Civil War at Holmes Chapel, but the village is lucky to be here at all. Situated on a knoll above the River Dane the little community nearly disappeared a century later, when a fire swept through destroying all but the Red Lion, the church and two cottages. Home today to commuters, how many of them know that their predecessors smuggled salt across the river in coffins!

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LOCATION: Cheshire, by M6 Junction 18
START: Holmes Chapel, car park by shops
Grid ref: SJ762672 Postcode: CW4 7AG
DISTANCE: 5.5 miles
GRADE: Easy, but can be muddy
TIME: 2.5 hours
MAP: Explorer - Wilmslow & Macclesfield
REFRESHMENTS: Old Vicarage & Holmes Chapel
EN ROUTE: Dane Valley Way, Twemlow

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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