2017 indoor meetings
All meetings are held on the second Thursdays in their respective months.
Inside meetings (September to May) are held at the Silk
Trader Inn, Brook Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7AD unless
otherwise stated, starting at 7.45pm. Everyone is welcome at all
meetings, entry is free, including non-members.
CRT Speaker Ecology on the canal: A CRT Perspective
Paul Hindle Canal du Midi
June - August
No meetings. But please see HALOUS below.
HALOUS - Have A Lock On US!
Every Late Summer Bank Holiday finds us manning the locks at Bosley! This is our main fund raiser each year when we man as many locks as we can - it all depends on how many volunteers turn up each day - and assist boats through the flight as efficiently as we can.
In 2017 HALOUS will be held on Saturday, Sunday 26th
- 27th August.
Event HQ is at lock 5, next to the A54 Buxton/Congleton road at its junction
with Station Road.
Was held on Thursday 16th February 2017 at the Railway Inn, Congleton.
Cheshire Towpath Taskforce
C&RT Cheshire Towpath Taskforce are holding regular working parties
on the Macclesfield Canal generally on the Third
Thursday of odd numbered months,
approx 10am - 4pm. The work is being managed
by the local CRT ‘Towpath Taskforce’ Volunteer Bob Luscombe.
Exact locations and tasks are advertised on the
Cheshire Towpath Taskforce web page.
Stout shoes and - if you have
them - work gloves, are recommended (some gloves are available for loan)
and bringing a snack and a thermos of hot drinks would be a good idea
The Macclesfield Adoption Group has been established in May 2016 and will
meet on the first Wednesday of each month.
We urge all members to support these work parties, and tell your friends
too! Support can obviously be by turning up on the day, but also by suggesting
things that need doing that are within the capacity of volunteers.
To join in the work parties, please email
the workparty organiser.
Other Towpath Groups
The society actively supports several other groups who freely give of their
time to maintaining the towpaths in their areas, including:
- Bramhall Rotary Club, looking after the towpath between
bridges 14 and 16; (sorry, no contact provided);
- Friends of Bollington Towpath, have adopted the length
between bridges 26 and 29 on 2nd Sundays (Ian & Mandi, 01625-260159, 07710
- Hurdsfield towpath adoption group, maintaining the area
around bridge 34;
1st Saturday in the month (Kevin Norgrove, 07530 905824);
- Lyme Green & Sutton Footpath Group, working on
the length from Gurnett to Oakgrove between bridges 43 and 49; on Thursdays
and evenings (Mark Atkins, 01260-252474, 07768 078373);
- Bosley adoption group, bridges 53 to 57, which includes
the lock flight; 2nd Wednesday in the month (Alan Hurst, 01625-531091 /
- Macclesfield Victoria Angling Club, have adopted the
paths around Sutton reservoir; (sorry, no contact provided);
- Congleton Sustainability Group, looking after the length
from bridge 67 to 77; last Friday in the month (Bob Luscombe, 07710
To join in any of these work parties, please phone the relevant organiser
These walks are generally of a more substantial nature, requiring appropriate
clothing and footwear. They are normally held on the second Sunday after
the second Thursday of the months September to April inclusive. We generally
meet at 10:00 for a prompt start and end in mid afternoon. Where possible
a lunch stop is made at a suitable hostelry but this is not always practical.
Just occasionally weekend walks are arranged with an overnight stop at a
Details of each walk will be announced at the preceding monthly meeting,
or email or
call Cliff Miller, 01625-439230.