Walk­ers fol­low in Old­know’s foot­steps

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EAST Cheshire Ram­blers re­cently en­joyed a walk in the foot­steps of Sa­muel Old­know, a key fig­ure in the In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion in Marple and Mel­lor.

The walk be­gan at Marple Ridge, cross­ing the Peak For­est Canal and River Goyt and con­tin­ued along­side the Ro­man Lakes in Marple.

The group stopped to look at the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tions tak­ing place on the site of Mel­lor Mill. Built by Old­know in 1790-1792, it was the largest cotton spin­ning mill of its time in the world.

The walk con­tin­ued up to Mel­lor church­yard for a cof­fee stop and an op­por­tu­nity to take in the mag­nif­i­cent views.

Fol­low­ing the Cown Edge Way, the group took a loop­ing route to cross the Glos­sop Road and into Etherow Coun­try Park.

Fol­low­ing lunch, they fol­lowed the Etherow Goyt Val­ley Way to the Peak For­est Canal and Marple Aqueduct. Opened in 1800, the aqueduct is 100 feet above the River Goyt and is Eng­land’s tallest aqueduct with a ma­sonry arch.

Fol­low­ing the canal, the group walked past the flight of 16 locks, largely funded by Old­know, into the cen­tre of Marple, pass­ing Old­know’s ware­house and paus­ing in the Me­mo­rial Park to look at the head­stone of Old­know’s mill.

The route con­tin­ued un­der Pos­set Bridge – named af­ter Ale Pos­set – a drink given by Old­know to his work­ers to im­prove their workrate! At Top Lock, the group took time to look at the lime kilns; the last piece of the Old­know jig­saw.

Fol­low­ing the Peak For­est Canal, the group walked back to the car park at Marple Ridge.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to ram­blerseast cheshire.org.uk

East Cheshire Ram­blers pause to look at the ex­ca­va­tion of the for­mer Mel­lor Mill

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