Other places along the canal:


High Lane

Higher Poynton






Scholar Green

Kent Green

Hall Green

Red Bull

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Bosley to Buglawton (3½ miles)

Bosley bottomThere are extensive and popular moorings at the bottom of Bosley locks. Half a mile from the nearest road, deep in the Dane valley, this is an extraordinarily tranquil place. The silence is interrupted for a few seconds every now and then by electric trains passing over the massive brick viaduct further down the valley. They look just like Dad's favourite toys! The River Dane is crossed by an elegant but none the less substantial stone aqueduct; just one arch. Notice the modern (1997) footbridge across the spillway just before Old Driving Lane Bridge, no. 57.

The canal proceeds through a long and delightful rural section, having very little contact with the rest of the world. This is the one length where Crosley accepted the need to give in to the landscape and follow round the hills and valleys*. As a result the canal makes a big loop out to Buglawton then back up to Dane-in-Shaw and around Congleton Hightown before resuming its southerly course. For the first part of this The Cloud (the hill) lies brooding to the east. Just beyond the railway viaduct we pass Crossley Hall, a fine Tudor farm house. Old Driving Lane Bridge, no. 57 and Congleton Bridge, no. 61, both provide good access to The Cloud for those with the puff to climb those craggy heights.

From beyond Stannier’s 1st Bridge, no. 62 until Stanley’s Bridge, no. 65, the canal assumes that primordial feel, especially in the right weather conditions - it is heavily tree lined, offering drips after rain and shade on sunny days. This all changes once the turn is taken at Buglawton and the straight mile stretches out before us with its seven bridges in view.

Next: Congleton Hightown

* This comment relates to the fact that Thomas Telford originally designed the route of the Macclesfield Canal to be more of a contour canal. When William Crosley came to build it he made significant changes to the route and cut almost two miles off Telford's route by building bigger embankments and deeper cuttings. He also eliminated two tunnels - one at Richmond Hill in Macclesfield which he openned out, and the other at Ramsdell Hall where he avoided a shallow tunnel behind the house probably by convincing the owner that building an open canal in front of the house would enhance the beauty of his garden and its outlook.