Plan B – A walk around Macclesfield – 2 May 2016

We were expecting heavy rain by 11am, so we abandoned our planned walk in favour of a walk around Macclesfield, in which we would take in all the parks.

We set off through Riverside Park

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Crossing the river Bollin at the first bridge

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The path led us to the gates of Macclesfield cemetery. A place where many old friends no doubt reside.

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Accompanied by beautiful blossom

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we followed the path flanked by those that had gone before

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This led us into West Park

which was quiet for a bank holiday Monday. Most people being deterred by the impending rain

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passing the almost deserted skate board park and kiddies playground

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and the museum.

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Before we crossed into East Cheshire hospital

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passing the expensive car park (beware of the small print and vigilant clampers, no doubt a warning sign for NHS privatisation!)

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before turning up by the little lake

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Then down Fairfield Road and across Chester Road and along the path

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and up behind All Hallows School.

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Then down Brooklands Road and along Oxford Road before taking the pedestrian and cycle path across the road from the Flower Pot pub.

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We took a left in front of the little pool

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Which brought us out onto an estate where we headed across Wester Drive with its interesting looking bungalows

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We then took a left into South Park

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With the rain still threatening, but not yet arrived. It was here we took our break on tree stumps and benches.

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Afterwards we followed the path down bearing right just by the park lake, heading past the mill.

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and onto the main road in front of the Mill Lane Chippy. A place I can recommend without hesitation!

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We went up back streets, I’d not been before, and found this hidden pool.

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Knights Pool was new to me.

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We headed into Victoria Park

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Passing in front of Kings Girls School, what was more famously known as Macclesfield Girls Grammar School and then briefly Macc High School (where Lee Dixon used to go). I believe it will soon be turned into apartments.

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We passed the band stand

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and a kids football pitch, with a view of St. Michael’s Church in the background.

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We crossed the main road by Tesco’s

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and finally taking the path back towards Riverside Park. We had covered 5 miles and just beat the start of the pouring rain. A nice walk for a change.

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