Macclesfield Canal

Macclesfield Canal runs from Marple, where it links with the Peak Forest Canal, to Hardings Wood Junction, where it links with the Trent and Mersey Canal, over 26.25 miles (42.2km) and 13 locks.  There are no branches or other navigable connections to the Macclesfield Canal.

The maximum boat size that can navigate the canal is:
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)

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



IWA Branches

Manchester - Marple Junction to top of Bosley Locks
North Staffordshire and South Cheshire - top of Bosley Locks to Hardings Wood Junction

Navigation Authority

Canal & River Trust
Head Office
First Floor North
Station House
500 Elder Gate
Milton Keynes, MK9 1BB

T: 0303 040 4040
Canal & River Trust website