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Peak District Towns and Villages: Macclesfield
Villages around Macclesfield
|To the north of Macclesfield, nestling just below the National Park boundary lies the town of Bollington. The name suggests that this is a town on the River Bollin, which flows from this area down across the Cheshire plain, but actually Bollington lies 2 miles from the Bollin and is on the River Deane, a tributary.|
Like Macclesfield, Bollington was also a mill town but produced principally cotton rather than silk. It has a number of former mills - though here they are often built of stone rather than brick. Here too spinning has long since ceased and has been replaced by other industries.
Bollington is also well known as a stopping point along the Macclesfield canal - part of the Cheshire Ring - and the canal crosses the valley of the river Dean on a tall aqueduct. The canal is the top section of the Macclesfield canal and is 518ft above sea level.
There is the very interesting Bollington Discovery Centre and a nice cafe in the Clarence Mill beside the canal which is open to the public at the weekends and on Wednesday afternoons.
Bollington is a good centre for exploring the north-west corner of the Peak and is overlooked by Kerridge Hill, which is topped by an unusual white cone called 'White Nancy', and offers a magnificent view of the area.
Bollington Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge- Click Here for a slide show
|Langley is a pretty suburb of Macclesfield with several small reservoirs and woodland above the village to the east. The old packhorse road east out of Macclesfield led this way up to Macclesfield Forest, and can still be followed. There is a forest park in the woods above Langley and this is a good point from which to make an ascent of Shuttlingsloe - the 'Matterhorn' of Cheshire - and to access Tegg's Nose Country Park.|
|Pott Shrigley lies on the very edge of the National Park, with its centre at only 185 metres above sea level, though the road westwards into the Peak climbs quickly up to 354 metres near Brink Farm, from where there are fine views towards Kinder Scout.|
The main part of the village clusters around the church, which dates from the 15th century. The chief local mansion, Pott Hall, is now a nursing home. Up the road towards Kettleshulme and Whaley Bridge there is a small industrial estate in the buildings of a former brickworks. This was powered by locally mined low-grade coal, of which there is an abundance in thin seams on these hill-tops.
Pott Shrigley Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge- Click Here for a slide show
|Straddling the National Park boundary, Rainow was once a silk and cotton weavers' village, but these days have long passed and the cottages of the village are now occupied mostly by commuters to Macclesfield and south Manchester. Gritstone quarrying is another industry which once flourished around the village but which has now passed by.|
The site of the village has been occupied since at least Roman times and in medieval times it was a staging post on one of the 'salt routes' along which packhorses carried salt eastwards from the mines of Cheshire. This particular route went from Macclesfield via Rainow to Saltersford and thence over the ridge to the Goyt valley and Buxton.
The village is nicely placed for walks on nearby Kerridge Hill, a part of the Gritstone Trail. This gives fine views over Bollington and the Cheshire Plain.
Rainow Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge- Click Here for a slide show
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