Tracking the course of the Hodder
and Thirlmere Aqueducts by marking the position of
visible access gates and coverpoints. In short a totally unproductive
and meaningless exercise. However it does provide some interesting
cycle & walking routes through beautiful countyside.
The fact that the Thirlmere Aqueduct was completed in 1894 and
still in use today largely unaltered, is a testimony to the foresite
and technical ingenuity of our Victorian ancestors.The pride and
care taken in its construction is evident as one visits the numerous
bridges, viaducts and wells that faciclitate the waters transportation
to Heaton Park reservoir in Manchester.
Gate spotting requires constant awareness as they can pop up in
in unexpected places. Indeed it is possible that a few gates have
been missed, being situated in overgrown hedgerows, or positioned
in fields some distance from a road. Hence a passing surveillance
unit may be pardoned for overlooking the odd one.
There are other reasons not so excusable like loss of concentration,
seeing a pub, seeing a female cyclist, or simply forgetting why
you had set out in the first place .
It has also been noted that certain gates
do not appear in their expected positions, this is a worrying
phenomenon.They have either been moved from their original position,
or placed incorrectly. This has led to some speculation that the
gates have been hijacked for some other purpose unknown to man.Not
until these anomalies are investigated will there be any hope
of a rational explanation. This matter is the subject of future
So if you are sat at home thinking it would be nice to go somewhere
different, but cant think of anywhere to go, then go gate spotting.
Follow in the footsteps of our Victorian ancestors & download
all the gate waypoints, or walk the Thirlmere
Way. You are welcome to check out our findings. If
someone should ask what you are doing it may be best not to tell
them everything as you may be looked upon as an anorak or worse.
We also welcome being advised of new gate spottings
Happy Gate Spotting !
Please note that much of the information about how these aqueducts
came to be constructed comes from books now out of print. You
can see the bibliography link in the left nav bar.
Key facts &
info & History
of water supply to Manchester regarding the Thirlmere
Aqueduct can be viewed in a summarised format by clicking the