Cheshire - Macclesfield Canal - Poynton to Adelphi Mill & return
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How to get there -
Poynton is about 15 miles south-east of Manchester. From the M60 Junction 1 head towards Stockport and at the A6 turn right to Hazel Grove (3 miles). turn right onto the A523 for two miles to poynton and then turn left onto Park Lane. After half a mile fork left onto Middlewood Road and then take 1st right into Anson Road. Continue ahead into Lyme Road where there is a car park on the left just before the canal bridge.
For those with SatNav the postcode is SK12 1TH.
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Suggested Launch Site -
Access onto the canal here is moderately difficult requiring a lift over a swinging gate or a narrow cycle gate. If you have a transport trolley the alternative option to avoid these lifts is to park in the Nelson Pit car park and then wheel the canoe further up Lyme Road, as parking and turning is prohibited beyond this point.
This was a really enjoyable section of the Macclesfield Canal. It was wider than the section from Marple to Poynton and generally quieter. The weather was really hot so it was nice to run in and out of shade provided by woodlands along the canal banks.
There were a lot of kayaks at the Adelphi Mill end of the trip and we discovered that Macclesfield Canoe Club were holding races and training for youngsters. Several club members chatted to us while we stopped to eat our lunch and they were very friendly and informative.
This trip is 9.5 miles without locks or portages.