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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. Mow Cop

    Congleton

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

  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 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. The Bleeding Wolf

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    Pub/Inn

    Congleton

    A thatched pub with a fine reputation, offering traditional food, Robinson's Ale and a very warm welcome.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Add DV8 Bar to your Itinerary

    DV8 Bar

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    Bar

    Add DV8 Bar to your Itinerary

    Congleton

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

  10. 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.

  11. Add Crossroads around Congleton to your Itinerary

    Crossroads around Congleton

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    Cycle Route

    Add Crossroads around Congleton to your Itinerary

    Congleton

    From Congleton you quickly reach tree lined lanes below Congleton Edge. Gritstone rocks nearby give the landscape a very different feel to the Cheshire Plain.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Add Nelson Pit Walk 3 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 3

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    Walking Route

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    Macclesfield

    One of a series of walks from the Nelson Pit Visitor Centre. One of the main features of this walk is Poynton Coppice.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. Add Wharf Inn to your Itinerary

    Wharf Inn

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    Pub/Inn

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    Congleton

    Pub Food

  18. Add NCN Route 73 to your Itinerary

    NCN Route 73

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    Cycle Route

    Add NCN Route 73 to your Itinerary

    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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

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