Canoe Days Out

Cheshire - Macclesfield Canal - Scholar Green to Congleton or Bosley locks (and return)

How to get there - From Junction 16 on the M6 head east on the A800.After 4 miles turn left onto the A34 and follow this for three and a half miles to Scholar Green. After passing the Co-operative store on the right turn right into Cinder Hill Lane for about half a mile, passing Drenfell Road on the left. Shortly There will be a track over a bridge on the right and in a further 30 yards an entrance to the canal through the hedge. Park roadside where convenient.

For those with SatNav a nearby postcode is ST73HR

If you want to make this a one-way trip of about seven miles you can leave a car at the junction of Peover lane and Buxton Road (A54) just south of Bosley Locks. (see end map)

Get a map with driving directions to start or end (enter the postcode of your starting point at A)

Suggested Launch Site - Launch Over the bank.

General Description - Paddle north (left) through this rural area of Cheshire. There are no locks for 8 miles until you reach the Bosley Locks. There are no suitable get outs at the Bosley end so it's best to plan this as a return trip.

The town of Congleton is about half way (four miles) and if you are looking for a canalside pub I suggest you aim for the Queens Head on the A 527 which, for many, will be a convenient turn round point.

This canal was one of the last to be built and sits atop embankments for much of its route as it passes over roads giving fine views.

Comments on this trip

20 Aug 2021
I would politely request that parking roadside "where convenient" shows appropriate consideration to residents. People have been leaving their cars outside properties for days. Alternative parking (that does not block in or inconvenience residents) is available near the bridge/the entrance of Drenfell Road.

Kevin Chambers
27 Sep 2020
Dont you mean the A 500 ,


Macclesfield Canal
Queens Head

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The last trip loaded was Great Haywood to Great Haywood (Circular Route) on the River Trent / Trent & Mersey Canal by Peter Robinson