I pride myself on being a competent navigator, so it was a little disconcerting today to set off on a canal ride and then fail to gain the towpath.
Setting off down the Old Knutsford Road I came across this access point but decided it looked too much like hard work to get my bike over the stile and up the steps.
There’ll be a way on from the main road was my wishful thought as I looped around, only to find that I was about four metres from the canal but with no way down except to jump:
Heading back through the houses of Church Lawton I knew there was an access point because I’ve come off the canal there before now. Should have paid more attention. I have a reasonable sense of direction and it told me the canal should be reachable down this road:
No joy there, and as I wandered about in frustration I had a sudden though slight sinking feeling as my rear tyre gently exhaled all its air.
So I walked home having failed to get onto the canal. My route produced this squiggle when plotted on Map My Ride:
It turns out I was within metres of my goal which I eventually found with the help of Google Streetview:
The path to the canal goes off just before the school… the only consolation I had was in walking home and noticing how Church Lawton School (I think that’s what it was) is getting refurbished. This rather lovely Victorian building is no doubt becoming a house; I’m glad to see it being saved but can’t help being sad that another piece of public infrastructure is going private.
Iwould never have noticed this if I hadn’t missed my canal path and got a puncture!