Canoe Days Out

Cheshire - Peak Forest Canal - Marple to Bugsworth Basin or return

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How to get there - Marple is about 10 miles south-east of Manchester. From the M60 (Junction 27) take the A626 to Marple via Stockport. A quarter of a mile after Rose Hill Station take the B6101 (Stockport Road)on the right. Just before the canal bridge turn right into Lockside and continue past four locks parking just before the canal bridge.

For those with SatNav the postcode is SK6 6BN.

If you intend to do this as a one way trip you will need to leave a car at Bugsworth basin (see end map). Bugsworth Basin is best reached from the A6, leaving on the junction south of Furness Vale onto New Road. The entrance to Bugsworth Basin is on the right after three-quarters of a mile. The village is known as Buxworth.

For those with SatNav the postcode is SK23 7NE.

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 canal bank.

General Description - This trip is six and a half miles (or thirteen if you want to return to the start) and has a fascinating balance of beautiful countyside and industrial history. There are no locks but you will need to limbo under the lift bridges.

Bugsworth Basin was one of the largest inland canal/tramway junctions and not only has an interesting history but also the Navigation Inn - a convenient place for refreshment. The bar is open all day, everyday.

Comments on this trip

A Church
11 Sep 2016
We did this section of the Peak Forest Canal today, ( 9.11.16. )Nice easy leafy paddle but very little in the way of views. We were in a 2 seater kayak and due to mature trees and high hedgerows lining the route we cushy only occasional, monetary glimpses of the surrounding moorland and hills.


The Peak Forest Canal
Bugsworth Basin
Navigation Inn, Buxworth
Peak Forest Tramway

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