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Macclesfield Canal

The Macclesfield Canal is a 27 mile stretch of water which forms part of the Cheshire Ring, running through Cheshire's Peak District and beautiful Cheshire towns like Higher Poynton, Bollington, Macclesfield and Congleton

The imposing mills, thundering waterwheels and working locks of the Industrial Revolution now sit quietly alongside rare birds, pretty wildflowers and wild animals that have made their home in the Cheshire landscape. Along your trip you'll be rewarded with delightful scenery and welcoming canal side pubs, perfect for relaxing with family and friends.

A gentle wander along the Macclesfield Canal towpath is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon, whilst history buffs will delight in discovering the remnants of Bollington's industrial history with one of several circular walks in the area.

Explore some of the rural towns and villages situated along the canal, visit attractions and find places to eat along your journey.

Download the Cheshire Ring Map here.

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  1. Add Bollin Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Bollin Valley Way

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    Walking Route

    Add Bollin Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    The Bollin Valley Way is a 25 mile (40 km) recreational path shadowing the course of the River Bollin. The route starts at Macclesfield Riverside Park and finishes in Partington giving walkers a feel of the valley's variety.

  2. Mow Cop

    Congleton

    This prominent hill-top has been of spiritual and practical significance to man for thousands of years.

  3. Add Congleton Park to your Itinerary

    Congleton Park

    Congleton

    This magnificent Victorian park is now fully restored and open to the public.

  4. Add Gawsworth Hall Circular Walk to your Itinerary

    Gawsworth Hall Circular Walk

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    Walking Route

    Add Gawsworth Hall Circular Walk to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    Enjoy a pleasant ramble in the rolling Cheshire countryside, through arable farmland and pastures, along the Macclesfield Canal and across the Danes Moss Reserve.

  5. Add Ye Olde White Lion to your Itinerary

    Ye Olde White Lion

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    Pubs & Bars

    Add Ye Olde White Lion to your Itinerary

    Congleton

    Pub Food

  6. Add Wharf Inn to your Itinerary

    Wharf Inn

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    Pub/Inn

    Add Wharf Inn to your Itinerary

    Congleton

    Pub Food

  7. Add Bollin Valley Cycle Trail to your Itinerary

    Bollin Valley Cycle Trail

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    Cycle Route

    Add Bollin Valley Cycle Trail to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    This long distance cycle route was launched to celebrate National Bike Week in 2012. The 37 km / 24 mile trail follows the course of River Bollin from its source in Macclesfield Forest to where it joins the Manchester Ship Canal near Partington.

  8. Add The Railway Inn to your Itinerary

    The Railway Inn

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    Pub/Inn

    Add The Railway Inn to your Itinerary

    Congleton

    Children are welcome if dining under responsible adult supervision.

  9. Add Nelson Pit Walk 7 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 7

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    Walking Route

    Add Nelson Pit Walk 7 to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    The route climbs over 1300 feet from Nelson Pit to Bowstones, and is partly strenuous. However, the views from the highest points on a good day are spectacular. This walk should be avoided on a misty day.

  10. Add Bollington Discovery Centre to your Itinerary

    Bollington Discovery Centre

    Macclesfield

    Bollington Discovery Centre brings together the history of this and other great mills of Bollington, the Macclesfield Canal and shows their place and importance to the town.

  11. Add Little Moreton Hall Circular Walk  to your Itinerary

    Little Moreton Hall Circular Walk

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    Walking Route

    Add Little Moreton Hall Circular Walk  to your Itinerary

    Congleton

    Linking up with the Macclesfield Canal allows you to enjoy a gentle stroll along this picturesque waterway, before returning once again to cross the fields back to the unique half-timbered Little Moreton Hall.

  12. Add Cycle the Middlewood Way to your Itinerary

    Cycle the Middlewood Way

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    Cycle Route

    Add Cycle the Middlewood Way to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    The Middlewood Way, part of NCN 55 offers a 10-mile (16-km) traffic-free route ideal for cyclists. It follows the line of the former Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway through picturesque Cheshire countryside.

  13. Add Ride the Middlewood Way  to your Itinerary

    Ride the Middlewood Way

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    Riding/Trekking Centre

    Add Ride the Middlewood Way  to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    The Middlewood Way offers a 10-mile (16-km) traffic-free route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It follows the line of the former Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway through picturesque Cheshire countryside and between historic mill to

  14. Add Walk the Biddulph Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Walk the Biddulph Valley Way

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    Walking Route

    Add Walk the Biddulph Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Congleton

    The route is part of NCN 55 Telford to Preston and has a firm, level surface of crushed stone.

  15. Add The Ship Inn to your Itinerary

    The Ship Inn

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    Pub/Inn

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    Congleton

    The Ship Inn is a quintessential unspoilt country pub.

  16. The Church House

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    Pub/Inn

    Congleton

    Food is served between 12:00-14:00, and between 18:00-21:00 Monday to Thursday, and 12:00-21:00 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

  17. Add Heritage Narrowboats to your Itinerary

    Heritage Narrowboats

    Congleton

    Why not hire a dayboat for the day to meander the local canals?

  18. Add Nelson Pit Walk 9 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 9

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    Walking Route

    Add Nelson Pit Walk 9 to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    The first part of two walks making the Middlewood Challenge, a 20-mile walk in the figure of eight. The second section of the Challenge is Walk 10 which is about 12 miles long and takes around 5 hours to walk.

  19. Add Macclesfield Riverside Park to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield Riverside Park

    Macclesfield

    Macclesfield Riverside has a variety of habitats and is a great place to watch wildlife. You may see the herd of Longhorn cattle, an ancient and docile breed, which grazes the meadows to help preserve plant species diversity.

  20. Add Ride the Biddulph Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Ride the Biddulph Valley Way

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    Riding/Trekking Centre

    Add Ride the Biddulph Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Congleton

    For over 100 years trains travelled along the Biddulph Valley Way carrying coal from the Potteries to Congleton. Today walkers, cyclists and horse riders enjoy this tranquil route away from the roads.

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