Report - Harrop Brook Culverts - Bollington - Feb 15

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foul-mouthed oaf
28DL Full Member
Mar 8, 2012
Harrop Brook - Bollington

Following on from an earlier dip in the brook, JM Rodwell had rekindled my interest in this
small section of river, and as I was passing by anyway, I thought I may as well wet the
waders, and It was well worth the effort.

Harrop Book is a tributary of the River Dean in Bollington, and this part meanders
downstream from a small weir towards Bollington recreation grounds, passing through a
number of small tunnels and bridges, as well as numerous well kept back gardens and
summer houses along the way.

I took the difficult option and headed up-stream, attempting not to break my ankles or
take my customary dip :rolleyes:


The first culvert known locally as 'the rat tunnel' fairly shallow but with evil craters


Looking back towards Bollington recreation grounds and some rather nice brickwork



Out of the rat tunnel and under the first bridge as it becomes a bit more un-even


moving upstream and passing under another small bridge directly under the main road


I was rather excited to find a fast flowing run-off coming from a large concrete and
steel girder reinforced box section, partially hidden behind a wall of greenery



Nice and shallow, and a great sound as the water rushed downstream towards town


Now this felt more like proper 'drain' territory with some aging looking brickwork



this section reminds me of Hyde Falls, it's full of massive pot-holes just ready to swallow
all your gear, and is a real ankle breaker of a slog




Moving upstream and into the last of the small culverts and towards what sounds like a roar


Which turns out to be this small waterfall from the weir above, and that's as far as I went...

Thanks for looking :thumb
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Huddersfield Tourist Information Board
Regular User
Jun 14, 2011
Is this Bollington near Macclesfield? If so, wish I'd have clocked this before I stayed there at the weekend, would've packed the waders.

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