Macclesfield Canal Kerridge


 This easy walk is about 4 miles and starts in Kerridge Cheshire at SK10 5AH

After you have parked your car on Clarke Lane Kerridge, begin the walk at the second bridge taking the first straight entrance down to the canal.  Walking North along the tow path in the direction of Kerridge wharf.
Walk for approximately 1/4 of a mile to the next bridge passing the wharf at Kerridge.  This was used for sending the stone quarryed from the ridge above, down and old tramway,which you will see today.
Take the stone steps on the right up from the canal at Beehive Cottage.When you get to the top of the steps take a right turn behind the wall,you are now in Tinkers Clough where when the canal was being built the Navi’s had a small enclave were they camped ,if you look at the wall to your right there are small holes,these where used as small beehives hense the Name of the cottage opposite and a mill that occupied the site before it burnt down.
Return to the bridge crossing over the canal and Walking past Beehive cottage take the track to the right along the farm track for 1/2 a mile until you reach the main road through the village of Kerridge.
Take a right turn here towards the old school house, beware the footpath changes sides. Carry on up the road for 1/4 mile, up to the War Memorial and take a left here up Rally Rd.
You are now walking along the old rail beds from the quarry’s down to the wharf behind you.
On the way up you will notice a large manor to the right this is Endon Hall which gives the name to the largest quarry,and if you look carefully through the trees ,you will see its very own stone circle.
When you reach the tarmac part of the driveway, to your left is Endon House, which has a large clock face on the upper floor wall on the far side.  This is said to have been used to help the workers time keep both in the farms and quarry’s.
Both homes are named after the family which operate the oldest and largest surviving quarry on the ridge.
Continue on up the hill until you reach a T- junction.Turn left down the path to see the clock face, or right and immediately on your left between the first garden and the next house you will see some steep steps leading up to the rd above ,climb these to follow the tramway ,and exit at the top Bridge Quarry entrance,or carry on up the old driveway to some metal gates at the top,from there turn left and follow the road for 1/4 mile till you get to Bridge Quarry.
The rest of the walk is mainly downhill . At this point you can look down on the village through the trees, you may also notice a chimney by the side of the road.  This is Clayton Tower and was thought to be a vent for the coal mines owned by the Clayton family in the valley MACCLESFIELD CANAL AND OLD COAL MINES
It was recently renovated and found to have no use at all so became a folly, which were very popular with the rich gentry in the 1800’s.
Continue on down the road passing the tower for 1/2 a mile.  The road takes a sharp left turn at  Redway cottages, which used to be a very popular pub/nightspot.  However in the early 2000’s the doors were shut, and  converted back into houses.  Follow the road until it joins Oak Lane, with the Bulls Head on the right.  Go left here for approximately 1 mile walking through the village.Carry on past the War Memorial and a sharp right bend onto Clarke Lane,you are now just a short walk from where you started.