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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Bollington Cheshire

A short drive from Macclesfield and its silk museums is the former mill town of Bollington.

Bollington was a centre of cotton production with the Swindells family building the Clarence and Adelphi mills in the town.

Stone Railway Viaduct, Bollington Cheshire

The Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway was opened in 1869 as an alternative route from Manchester to Macclesfield until its closure in 1970. The former track is now a linear park popular with hikers, walkers, joggers and cyclists. An impressive 23-arch stone viaduct over the River Dean was saved from demolition by a local campaign and forms part of the Middlewood Way of Route 55 of the National Cycle Network.

Bollington, Cheshire

The Macclesfield Canal connects Bollington and Macclesfield running over the impressive Bollington Aqueduct and past the Clarence and Adelphi mills.

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