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12 August 15        A walk from Ashton under Lyne to Marple
along the Peak Forest canal.    Hot and sunny.

Portland Basin, Ashton under Lyne.  The Peak Forest
canal goes off left under the footbridge.

Narrowboat on the Peak Forest canal near Hyde.

A roving bridge, constructed to allow a horse towing a boat to cross the
canal without unhitching the tow line when the towpath changes sides.
Also called changeline or turnover bridge.

Another roving bridge.

The Marple Aqueduct.  Designed by Benjamin Outram and opened in 1800.
 It is the highest canal aqueduct in England and the highest
masonry-arch aqueduct in Britain.

The Marple Aqueduct and the river Goyt.

Canal and railway.

One of the flight of sixteen locks at Marple.

Marple Locks.

Marple Locks.

Wooden rope roller on Brabyns Bridge, to prevent
the tow ropes eroding grooves into the stonework.

Samuel Oldknow's Warehouse (c.1801) near Lock 10, Marple.
Samuel Oldknow was a local textile manufacturer and industrialist.

Horse tunnel alongside Possett Bridge, Marple.  The oval shape of the
tunnel is the ensure that the swingletree of the horse's harness could
pass through without snagging.

Junction of the Peak Forest and Macclesfield canals at Marple.

The Peak Forest Canal at Marple.

Junction of the Peak Forest and Macclesfield canals at Marple.
The Macclesfield Canal goes off left under the bridge.

My original plan was to get the train back from Marple but it was still
a bit early so I carried on along the Macclesfield canal for a while.

Yet another roving bridge, this time on the Macclesfield canal.

Last look at the Macclesfield canal.

Middlewood railway station and my transport arrives.
There is no vehicular access to Middlewood station, access is only by woodland
paths.  It serves the Middlewood Way, a 10 mile footpath and cycle way on the
route of the former Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple railway.  It is also, by
a hairsbreadth, just within Greater Manchester, so I get free travel home..!

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