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|Sutton Hall and Macclesfield Canal|
|Author: Pub Walker, Published: 26 Nov 2013||Walk Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular pub walk from Sutton Hall in Sutton, near Macclesfield in Cheshire. Sutton Hall is a 480 year old manor house now converted into a proper pub with a friendly and unpretentious atmosphere and a warren of dining areas. The walking route heads out across farmland to reach the nearby Sutton Reservoir before returning along the towpath of the Macclesfield Canal. You’ll be able to enjoy the peace of the rural landscape and the laid back feel of the canal, all with the stunning back drop of the nearby Peak District hills. |
The walk has a few gentle gradients throughout plus one short steeper slope. The outward leg crosses farm pastures which can be very muddy so good boots are a must. The pastures are likely to be holding cattle (and maybe sheep) so take care with dogs. There are 2 stiles, several gates and some flights of steps to negotiate along the route (the stiles do have wire fence surrounds, although there was a gap big enough for our standard poodle to squeeze through). The canal towpath can be narrow in places so take care to keep children away from the water’s edge. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours.
There is more than one place named Sutton in Cheshire, so be sure to make your way to the right one. The Sutton you need is the one about a mile south of Macclesfield. The walk starts and finishes from Sutton Hall which is off Bullocks Lane in Sutton. Approximate post code SK11 0HE. The pub is marked with a brown sign and has its own large car park.
|Start to Hall Lane|
Start point: 53.241 lat, -2.1133 long
From the pub car park, walk back along the access drive to reach the main road. Cross over with care and turn left along the pavement for just a few paces. Cross back over the road to turn left down the tarmac residential lane, passing the property Coney Greave on the right. Continue along this lane, passing the large white Sutton Seate on the right. Just beyond this, turn right over a stile into a field (which is likely to be holding cattle).
|Hall Lane to Leek Old Road|
Start point: 53.2371 lat, -2.1098 long
Cross over with care and turn right along the pavement. Keep ahead on the main village road, crossing over the side roads Church Lane and Brookside Avenue. Just after the lane swings left, turn right along Symondley Road. At the end of the road, pass through the small wooden gate into the field (again likely to be holding cattle) and keep straight ahead following the fence line on the right.
|Leek Old Road to Macclesfield Canal|
Start point: 53.2279 lat, -2.1184 long
Cross over the road with care to take the gate opposite (at about 11 o’clock) and keep straight ahead on the path with a stream to the left and the open water of Sutton Reservoir to the right. Take time to enjoy the water birds that make the reservoir their home.
|Macclesfield Canal to Gaw End Lane Bridge|
Start point: 53.2262 lat, -2.129 long
Turn left along the towpath, passing under the bridge, with the canal running on the right. Follow the towpath for some distance.
|Gaw End Lane Bridge to End|
Start point: 53.2355 lat, -2.135 long
Keep ahead on the towpath and from this point you will have great views of the hills on the edge of the Peak District ahead of you. Ignore the footpath forking off left, simply keep ahead on the canal towpath.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author pubwalker and may not be reproduced without permission.
Lovely walk, I took my 3 year old and she thoroughly enjoyed it.
|By Abbey92 on 27 Aug 2017|
Lovely walk but could be challenging when wet/muddy in one particular section for some people after reaching the end of the reservoir & going down the embankment.
|By mcgoogly on 06 Aug 2017|
Great walk. It's our first proper walk in years, 2 hrs and a drink in Sutton Hall later. Certainly we will do it again.
|By michaeleyres on 14 Aug 2016|
Great walk, 1.5hrs
|By Wayne on 23 Apr 2016|
lovely walk we did it in 2 hours and enjoyed a nice drink at Sutton Hall
|By tommyhighfky on 14 Feb 2016|
Great walk with the dogs, lovely scenery and views, flask of tea half way round at Danes Moss just off the canal and a Hot Chocolate and a pint to finish at Sutton Hall, excellent :).
|By nikhadfield on 21 Sep 2015|
Really enjoyed the walk, could be managed by most and the extra bonus of lunch at lovely Sutton Hall to finish.
|By mich on 05 Nov 2014|
Great walk even on a wet and muddy winters day, we will be back in the summer to do it all again. Thanks.
|By Sinclair on 09 Mar 2014|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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Uploaded: 23 Apr 2016
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