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Date(s) - 26th October 2017
10:25 am - 4:35 pm
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Macclesfield Bus Station


The walk (a joint NW & WM Group event) will start at the site of the NSR station at Rushton Spencer and finish at the site of Leek station. A major feature of the day will be Rudyard Lake and its history as both a source of water for the Trent & Mersey Canal and its promotion as a holiday destination by the North Staffordshire Railway. The route of the walk will be mainly the track bed of the railway but short diversions will be made to water supply, both to the lake and to the canal.
Walk notes, with illustrations and maps, are available using the link:  Walk Notes for 26th Oct 2017
A pub lunch will available at the Rudyard Hotel. We have made reservations for 12:45pm. There is a Carvery (£6.50) and a Bar Menu. Meal choices will be requested at Macclesfield Bus Station and at Rushton where the walk starts.

Rudyard Lake Golf Links

Boating in Rudyard Lake

Rowing on the Reservoir Feeder


Rudyard Lake Station

Rudyard Reservoir Dam

Rushton Station (early BR days)

Meet at Macclesfield Bus Station at 10:25 to catch bus service 109 departure at 10:30. Macclesfield Bus Station is a 5-10 minute walk from the railway station – leave station car park and walk up the square facing the car park: bus station is to the left. Alternatively, meet in Station Lane, Rushton Spencer at 10:50 (click for local map) following the arrival of the bus from Macclesfield. Return to Macclesfield (or Rushton Spencer) will be by bus, arriving back in Macclesfield at 16:35. Alternatively, there are frequent buses from Leek to Stoke Railway Station. There is an early exit option.
 The recommended trains are the 09:35 departure from Piccadilly arriving Macclesfield railway station at 09:55, the 08:57 departure from Birmingham New Street arriving Macclesfield at 10:01, or the 8:42 departure from Derby which connects with the train from Birmingham at Stoke . The bus station is a short walk from the railway station. For other travel advice contact Roger Brice (re travel from the north west & the location of Macclesfield bus station) 01625 533959; 07702 303242; roger.brice1945@gmail.com or Ted Cheers (for travel from the west midlands) 01902 782641; rchswestmidlands@aol.com).