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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 Nelson Pit Walk 5 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 5

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    Walking Route

    Add Nelson Pit Walk 5 to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    One of a series of walks from the Nelson Pit Visitor Centre. The route through Poynton Coppice is pretty at any time of the year. The majority of The Coppice is owned by Cheshire East Council and is subject to a ten-year management plan.

  2. Add Walks for All - Biddulph Valley Way  to your Itinerary

    Walks for All - Biddulph Valley Way

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    Walking Route

    Add Walks for All - Biddulph Valley Way  to your Itinerary

    Congleton

    The Biddulph Valley Way follows the route of a disused railway which carried coal between the Potteries and Congleton for over 100 years. Today, this is a tranquil route that allows visitors to enjoy the delightful Cheshire East countryside

  3. Add Heritage Narrowboats to your Itinerary

    Heritage Narrowboats

    Congleton

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

  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 The Windmill Inn to your Itinerary

    The Windmill Inn

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    Pub/Inn

    Add The Windmill Inn to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    Traditional, yet modern British pub restaurant, offering a full range of home-cooked food.

  6. Add Bollin Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Bollin Valley Way

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    Walking Route

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    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.

  7. Add Bollin Valley Cycle Trail to your Itinerary

    Bollin Valley Cycle Trail

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    Cycle Route

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    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 Cycle the Biddulph Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Cycle the Biddulph Valley Way

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    Cycle Route

    Add Cycle 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.

  9. Add Nelson Pit Walk 4 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 4

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    Walking Route

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    Macclesfield

    This is one of a series of walks from the Nelson Pit Visitor Centre. This is a flat walk along the Macclesfield Canal towpath and Middlewood Way.

  10. Add Nelson Pit Walk 6 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 6

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    Walking Route

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    Macclesfield

    The route follows the Macclesfield Canal north and then along wide country tracks before an uphill stretch into Lyme Park. The views from the highest point near Lyme Park on a good day are spectacular.

  11. Add The Lime Tree Restaurant & Wine Bar to your Itinerary

    The Lime Tree Restaurant & Wine Bar

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    Restaurant

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    Macclesfield

    The Lime Tree is an independent family run restaurant and bar situated in two converted Victorian shops in the heart of Bollington conservation area overlooking the green.

  12. Add Nelson Pit Walk 10 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 10

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    Walking Route

    Add Nelson Pit Walk 10 to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    The second part of two walks making the Middlewood Challenge, a 20-mile walk in the figure of eight. The first section of the Challenge is Walk 9 which is about 8 miles long and takes around 3½ hours to walk. Total walking time for both parts is arou

  13. Add Nelson Pit Visitor Centre to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Visitor Centre

    Cheshire

    Nelson Pit Visitor Centre is one of Poynton's hidden gems and is perfectly situated near to Poynton Marina for a relaxing afternoon with the family.

  14. Add Nelson Pit Walk 8  to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 8

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    Walking Route

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    Macclesfield

    A pleasant ramble on the Middlewood Way, across fields and along the towpath of the Macclesfield Canal. Part of the walk, crossing from the Middlewood Way to the Canal can be muddy.

  15. Add DV8 Bar to your Itinerary

    DV8 Bar

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    Bar

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    Congleton

    DV8 is a hidden gem tucked away from the bustle of Congleton town centre.

  16. Add The Railway Inn to your Itinerary

    The Railway Inn

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    Pub/Inn

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    Congleton

    Children are welcome if dining under responsible adult supervision.

  17. Add Congleton Park to your Itinerary

    Congleton Park

    Congleton

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

  18. Add Cycle the Middlewood Way to your Itinerary

    Cycle the Middlewood Way

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    Cycle Route

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    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.

  19. 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.

  20. Add The Vale Inn to your Itinerary

    The Vale Inn

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    Pubs & Bars

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    Macclesfield

    The Vale Inn has established itself as a real ale and fresh food community pub. Situated close to the recreation ground, Middlewood Way and the Macclesfield Canal, there are two beer gardens and a large car park.

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