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Latchford Locks, Bridgewater Way & Dunham Massey 1 day / 19 miles (30km)

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Date: 19 Sep 2015
Start / Finish: Altrincham.
Maps: Explorer 276 + 277.

Day 1Latchford Locks, Bridgewater Way & Dunham Massey18.5miles (30km)
Lake at Dunham Massey

A single day walk on the west side of Altrincham. The outward line follows the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT) westwards as far as Latchford Locks on the Manchester Ship Canal. The return line follows the Bridgewater Way (BW) canal path through Lymm to Bollington Mill and the National Trust house and park of Dunham Massey.

The TPT follows a former railway bed in a dead straight line for 3.6m (5.8km) from Oldfield Brow to Oughtrington with just a slight kink before another 2m (3.2km) to the M6 and is highly unphotogenic, hence no worthwhile pictures from this section. As we've remarked before, this type of easy level walking, though pleasant enough, is not our usual choice but is fine for distance training and is well used by cyclists and runners too. We also saw a new (to us) phenomenon here: speed roller skating with 2m long poles to aid propulsion.

The BW section is a picturesque walk in the rural Cheshire landscape passing through Lymm, a bustling town today in warm sunshine. As expected Dunham Massey was extremely busy with day trippers enjoying the warm early Autumn conditions, a popular deer park whose various paths form sections of our shorter and more frequent half-day walks from home. The exit gate on the B5160 leads onto the path through Dunham golf course emerging at Highgate Road, a short walk from home.

Day 1 - Latchford Locks, Bridgewater Way & Dunham Massey

Latchford Locks
Latchford Locks (19 Sep 2015__12:59:34)
Latchford Locks
Latchford Locks (19 Sep 2015__13:00:15)
Latchford Locks
Latchford Locks (19 Sep 2015__13:02:53)
East along the Manchester Ship Canal from Latchford Locks
East along the Manchester Ship Canal from Latchford Locks (19 Sep 2015__13:05:06)
Joining the Bridgewater Way canal
Joining the Bridgewater Way canal (19 Sep 2015__13:43:39)
Approaching Lymm
Approaching Lymm (19 Sep 2015__14:30:15)
Canal from the road bridge in Lymm
Canal from the road bridge in Lymm (19 Sep 2015__14:34:20)
Bridge in Lymm
Bridge in Lymm (19 Sep 2015__14:36:25)
Above Lymm Dam
Above Lymm Dam (19 Sep 2015__14:43:28)
River Bollin at Bollington Mill
River Bollin at Bollington Mill (19 Sep 2015__16:01:54)
Buildings at Dunham Massey
Buildings at Dunham Massey (19 Sep 2015__16:11:13)
Lake near Dunham Massey amenities
Lake near Dunham Massey amenities (19 Sep 2015__16:15:56)
Smithy Pool at Dunham Massey
Smithy Pool at Dunham Massey (19 Sep 2015__16:45:01)
Smithy Pool at Dunham Massey
Smithy Pool at Dunham Massey (19 Sep 2015__16:47:17)