It's fascinating, the things you discover from a casual conversation. At the top of Bosley Locks a B.W. worker was telling a fellow boater that at the bottom of the locks there were the remains of a narrow gauge railway that was used to bring stone down from the quarries on The Cloud to the canal.
Following it further we came to some old industrial buildings.
Back tracking through the woods we went into botany mode:
Meanwhile back at the bottom of the locks it became obvious that there had once been a wharf
So there you have it, a 2'6" gauge tramway, .75 miles long, opened in 1887 and closed about 1925. Interesting? I suppose it depends on you point of view.
Tomorrow we're off under Harecastle Hill, an encounter with the boggart?
Watch this space............