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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 Ye Olde Kings Arms to your Itinerary

    Ye Olde Kings Arms

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    Pubs & Bars

    Add Ye Olde Kings Arms to your Itinerary

    Congleton

    Pub Food

  2. Add Nelson Pit Walk 1 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 1

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    Walking Route

    Add Nelson Pit Walk 1 to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    This short walk follows the canal towpath and The Middlewood Way, giving an insight into the industrial history of the area.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Add The Waggon & Horses to your Itinerary

    The Waggon & Horses

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    Pub/Inn

    Add The Waggon & Horses to your Itinerary

    Congleton

    In the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside close to the tiny village of Eaton lies the picture-postcard Waggon and Horses public house, ready to refresh the weary traveller with good food and ale.

  6. 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

  7. Add White Nancy to your Itinerary

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    White Nancy

    Cheshire

    The White Nancy overlooks the village of Kerridge and town of Bollington.

  8. Add Middlewood Way to your Itinerary

    Middlewood Way

    Macclesfield

    The Middlewood Way is a 16km (10 mile) linear country park following the former Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway through picturesque Cheshire East countryside. It provides a relatively level route for all users along its wildlife corridor

  9. Add Little Moreton Hall Circular Walk  to your Itinerary

    Little Moreton Hall Circular Walk

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    Walking Route

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    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.

  10. Add Walk the Biddulph Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Walk the Biddulph Valley Way

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    Walking Route

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    Congleton

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

  11. Add Congleton Park to your Itinerary

    Congleton Park

    Congleton

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

  12. Add Cycle the Biddulph Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Cycle the Biddulph Valley Way

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    Cycle Route

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    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.

  13. Add Nelson Pit Walk 2 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 2

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    Walking Route

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    Macclesfield

    This walk visits the estate of Lyme Park where red deer may be spotted alongside the moorland paths.

  14. Add Nelson Pit Walk 9 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 9

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    Walking Route

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    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.

  15. Add Heritage Narrowboats to your Itinerary

    Heritage Narrowboats

    Congleton

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Add Walks for All - Middlewood Way  to your Itinerary

    Walks for All - Middlewood Way

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    Walking Route

    Add Walks for All - Middlewood Way  to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    The Middlewood Way is a 16km (10 mile) linear route following the former Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway through picturesque Cheshire East countryside.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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