This walk takes you from the horseshoe bridge in kerridge and down the Macclesfield canal for a mile , over the fields in Hurdsfield towards Kerridge ridge ,where you will find the old Clayton Coal Mines ,then back through the picturesque valley .
The starting point of this walk is from Clark Lane Kerridge SK10 5AH.
Once you have parked up on Clarke Lane go to the horseshoe bridge which is the second on the road. Take the second path which winds down under the bridge until you are on the Canal towpath going south.Continue walking for 1/2 a mile until you reach the next bridge
Warning these fields can get boggy in the winter or after heavy rain.
Having crossed the stream, follow the path over the field towards the trees ahead of you.You are now at the mine workings where there is a fenced off pond (see top picture).What you are looking at is a flooded Bell pit which is basically a big hole (open cast pit)where coal was extracted at the surface. These eventually filled with water that couldn’t be drained easily so were abandoned. There are many of these little ponds in the valley, most would have been an open cast coal working at one time.walk around the pond to the right until you get to a farm track. Keeping left following the path keeping the old barn to your right. Approximately 100yrds further you will see a group of trees surrounded by a low wall, this is one of the old deep pit heads and the barn you past is said to have been the engine shed which housed the pullies and pumps to take down the miners and bring the coal up to be used in the mills and houses throughout the town and villages.