Medlock Drift 17: Woodhouses to Clayton Mill Bridge and back

The Brookdale golf course dominates this walk – though the path along the top of Bell Clough is lovely and provides good views into the valley. Over the railway and alongside Greenside is a muddy littered track. Arriving at Clayton Mill Bridge, there is a real sense of shift of mood. Here is the border from Tameside into Oldham district but also the start of Clayton Vale. The walk back up Millstream Lane and Green Lane is uninspiring – passing the MDW Industrial Estate and United Utilities owned sewage works. Vale Lane cuts off Medlock road for a more pleasant route back up to Woodhouses.

IMG_2174 IMG_2175Footbridge from golf course up to the track along Bell Clough…

IMG_2178Manchester & Ashton-Under-Lyne Canal (Hollinwood Branch)….

IMG_2179Bridge over canal….

IMG_2181Looking down over the golf course and into the vale….

IMG_2184 IMG_2185 IMG_2186 IMG_2187 IMG_2189 IMG_2190 IMG_2191 IMG_2192 IMG_2193Footpath over railway bridge to Greenside….

IMG_2195 IMG_2196Greenside…..

IMG_2197 IMG_2199 IMG_2200 IMG_2201 IMG_2203 IMG_2204 IMG_2205 IMG_2206 IMG_2207 IMG_2208Coming out at the eastern end of Clayton Vale…..

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Clayton Mill Bridge….(not sure what ‘Walt(s?) ‘ refers to)

IMG_2211 IMG_2213 IMG_2214 IMG_2215Railway viaduct over Millstream Lane…

IMG_2216 IMG_2219 IMG_2221MDW Ind Est….

IMG_2222 IMG_2224 IMG_2225 IMG_2227 IMG_2229 IMG_2230 IMG_2231 IMG_2233 IMG_2234 IMG_2236Car crash site – wall of sewage plant…

IMG_2237 IMG_2238 IMG_2241Vale Lane…..

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  1. Have been enjoying these geographic drifts immensely. Did you get a chance to watch the Grant Gee Sebald film yet? His speculations, suggested by sights, spin off into narratives and anecdotes with a historical and global scale. The journey as channel for storytelling.

    • Thanks Dave – I have walked nearly all of the river Medlock route now. Just one section to complete. Then need to think about phase two!
      Yes, the Sebald film is fantastic. Also watched Chris Petit and Ian Sinclair’s ‘London Orbital’ – very good too. I want to develop my material more in those directions. As you say “The journey as channel for storytelling’. Oh, and I really like the ‘Eye May-Mah’ Stuart Gurden film you put on my HD – Brian Wilson in Iceland – very evocative! Have you seen ‘Sweetgrass’? About Montana sheep herders? That’s worth a watch if you haven’t seen it.

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