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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 Cycle the Biddulph Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Cycle the Biddulph Valley Way

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    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.

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

    Walks for All - Biddulph Valley Way

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    Walking Route

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    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 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.

  4. Add Walks for All - Macclesfield Riverside to your Itinerary

    Walks for All - Macclesfield Riverside

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    Walking Route

    Add Walks for All - Macclesfield Riverside to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    Situated in the delightful Bollin Valley, the Macclesfield Riverside Park provides a recreational park close to the heart of the town. The park has a variety of habitats and is a great place to watch wildlife.

  5. Add Ye Olde Kings Arms to your Itinerary

    Ye Olde Kings Arms

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    Pubs & Bars

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    Congleton

    Pub Food

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

    Walks for All - Middlewood Way

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    Walking Route

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    Macclesfield

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Add NCN Route 73 to your Itinerary

    NCN Route 73

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    Cycle Route

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    Congleton

    Route 73 takes in the Cheshire section of the route from Congleton to Davenham. It provides a link between two National Routes - 55 to the east and 5, which runs through the centre of the county and on to Wales.

  10. Add Congleton Museum to your Itinerary

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    Congleton Museum

    Congleton

    Touch screens and talking heads help to tell the story of Congleton from prehistoric times, through the English civil War and the heyday of the textile industry to the Second World War. Admission is FREE.

  11. Add Ride the Middlewood Way  to your Itinerary

    Ride the Middlewood Way

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    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

  12. 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.

  13. Add Wharf Inn to your Itinerary

    Wharf Inn

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    Pub/Inn

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    Congleton

    Pub Food

  14. Add Nelson Pit Walk 7 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 7

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    Walking Route

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    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.

  15. Add Mow Cop Loop to your Itinerary

    Mow Cop Loop

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    Walking Route

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    Congleton

    An energetic short loop climbing onto the ridge leading to Mow Cop. The path leads through beautiful woodlands and there are fabulous views from the ridge. Interesting industrial history – coal mining and Primitive Methodism.

  16. 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.

  17. Add The Egerton Arms to your Itinerary

    The Egerton Arms

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    Pub/Inn

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    Congleton

    Freshly prepared food is served every day including vegetarian dishes

  18. Add Nelson Pit Walk 1 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 1

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    Walking Route

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    Macclesfield

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

  19. Add DV8 Bar to your Itinerary

    DV8 Bar

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    Congleton

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

  20. 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.

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