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Macclesfield Canal

Macclesfield Canal runs from Marple to Hardings Wood Junction, linking the Peak Forest Canal with the Trent and Mersey Canal.

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Facts & Stats

26.25 miles


The length of the Macclesfield Canal that is navigable.

13 locks

From Marple to Hardings Wood Junction

There are no branches or other navigable connections to the Macclesfield Canal.

The Macclesfield Canal was built to provide a more direct line with Manchester and the Potteries but suffered from competition from the railways. It is famous for its beautiful turn-over bridges, which were constructed so that there was no need to unhitch the horse when the towing path changed sides across the canal.

Waterway notes

Maximum boat sizes

  • Length: 73′ 11″ (22.54 metres) – Lock 1, Bosley
  • Beam: 7′ 4″ (2.23 metres) – Lock 1, Bosley
  • Height: 7′ 2″ (21.18 metres) – Bridge 18 (Grimshaws), just south of Higher Poynton
  • Draught: 3′ 6″ (1.08 metres) – Bridge 18 (Grimshaws)

Navigation authority

Canal & River Trust


Useful Info

  • Bridge 22 (Turflea Lift Bridge) requires a windlass and handcuff key
  • Bridge 47 (Broadhurst Swing Bridge) requires a Sanitary Station key
  • Bridge 49 (Royal Oak Swing Bridge) requires a Sanitary Station key

Burslem Branch Canal Conservation Area

The Trent & Mersey Canal Conservation Area now includes Burslem Branch Canal.

Crown Wharf

The site on the Trent & Mersey Canal in Stone will have a development good for heritage and the community, thanks to our lobbying.