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Our journey is almost at an end - around a curve, through a deep cutting, under a high bridge, and we arrive at Hall Green stop lock.
Hall Green is the junction of the Macclesfield Canal with the
Trent & Mersey Canal, Hall Green Branch. Rivalry between the
companies led to the construction of two stop locks (to prevent
the unnecessary flow of water to the rival) necessitating two lock
keepers and two cottages. Only one lock, numbered '12½'
by a superstitious BW man, is used today and there is no lock keeper
any more. Notice the lattice footbridge, no. 93 (behind the camera),
- another one dating from railway ownership of the canal. The Macclesfield
Canal Society have a leaflet box on the wall by the top gate.
A CRT Watermate key is required to open it (walkers, please ask
any boater to open it for you).
There is excellent mooring space above the lock; just right for
a visit to the welcoming Bleeding Wolf
Inn about 200m up the lane.
Next page - Red Bull.