Peak Forest Canal

The Peak Forest Canal runs from Dukinfield Junction on the Ashton Canal to the canal's terminus at Bugsworth Basin.  It is 14.75 miles (23.7km) long and has 16 locks (all in one flight at Marple).  There is one branch, the Whaley Bridge Branch, which is 0.5 miles (0.8Km) long with no locks, and which joins the main line at Bridge 37, just north of Whaley Bridge.  The Macclesfield Canal joins the Peak Forest Canal at Marple Junction.

The maximum boat length that can navigate the Peak Forest Canal is
length: 72' 8" (22.15 metres) - Lock 11
beam: 7' 3" (2.2 metres) - Lock 11
height: 6' 5" (1.95 metres) - Bridge 1b (near Dukinfield)
draught: 4' 5" (1.35 metres) - cill of Lock 11

A handcuff key is required for Bridge 1 (Stanley Lift Bridge)
A handcuff key and a windlass are required for Bridges 22 (Turflea Lift Bridge) and 24 (Wood End Lift Bridge).
A Sanitary Station key is required for Bridge 25 (Higgins Clough Swing Bridge) and Bridge 30 (Carr Swing Bridge)

Mooring is not permitted overnight in the Marple Flight, as water levels can fluctuate considerably when the locks are in use.

Despite initial appearances, there is insufficient room through Hyde Bank Tunnel for two boats to pass. It is essential to check the tunnel is clear before entering.



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