after a tip off from our friend Doris, i explored the possibility of running down the Peak Forest Canal from Romiley to New Mills as an alternative run home this evening.
it turns out the route is no shorter, but it does have the added bonus of being almost completely off road, and takes in some lovely views, particularly passing through Chadkirk and through to Marple Aqueduct, running along the canal parallel to the railway viaduct over a wide gorge.
however running along a canal for 9.1 miles does have its limits in terms of keeping you occupied, so much so that i found myself stopping after 8 miles to see if i had inadvertently gone off route and ended up in completely the wrong place - the going got a bit boring this first time round.
however i persevered along the towpath and soon found my nostrils full of the sweet smell of the Swizzels Matlow factory at the top of town, where i left the canal and finished my journey along the main road.
not a bad run home and surprisingly taxing, it's good to have the option of going off road to get home. apart from a bit of ascent around Marple locks, the route is pretty much flat so good for days when i just want a gentle trot.