Cheshire - Macclesfield Canal - Marple to Wood Lanes & 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.
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Suggested Launch Site -
Launch over the canal bank.
We set off from Marple Canal Junction, where the Macclesfield Canal and Peak Forest Canal meet. We had a leisurely paddle along the Macclesfield Canal to Poynton, which is approximately 5 miles each way. The weather was great and the canal was busy with boats and the towpath with walkers and cyclists. We stopped for butties by Hagg Footbridge and then made our way back at an even more leisurely pace while I took some photos of our return trip.
If you need a pub there is nothing canalside once you are outside Marple but the Miners Arms is just a short walk west of bridge 18 at Wood Lanes. There is also the Ring o` Bells at bridge 2 near the start.
There are no locks or portages so this is a nice family paddle.