I’m tentatively making plans for a decent boat trip this summer and this has involved a lot of research and exploration. A weekend trip to Macclesfield waterways revealed a wealth of natural treasures and hidden history. Wherever you look, there’s something that invites a photograph.
Ancient bridges were designed to accommodate horse power and heavy loads, above and below. Quaint cobbled ramps belie their industrial purpose. Archways are distorted to give greater headspace on the towpath.
Stone mile markers, unique to this waterway, were buried in wartime as a tactic to thwart potential invaders. In the 1980s, all but three were found and restored. https://a34.milestonesociety.co.uk/cheshire/macclesfield-canal/
Meanwhile, a brood of goslings forage with their parents before the next swimming lesson. Even as canal living goes, Macclesfield waterways are green and lush, and with hardly a soul in sight what could be more perfect?