Lower Peak Forest Canal

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Lower Peak Forest Canal Marple Reviews

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Lower Peak Forest Canal Apr 16, 2017
The Peak Forest Canal is one of the most scenic canals I ever walked on. The 14.8 mile canal starts from Ashton Under Lyne and finishes in Whaley Bridge and Bugsworth Basin.

The canal has two pound levels, separated by the Marple flight of 16 locks, which rises the canal by 64m (209 feet) over one mile. The Peak Forest Canal is known as both the Upper Peak Forest Canal and the Lower Peak Forest Canal. The canal is linked to the network and is part of the 'Cheshire Ring'.

The Lower Peak Forest Canal links to Marple, after the 16 lock flight and Marple Junction, and goes via the Upper Peak Forest Canal to Whaley Bridge and Bugsworth Basin, originally known as Buxworth. The canal is initially urban/industrial with residential and business properties and gradually becomes scenic with both the Tame Valley Way and the Goyt Way.

We started at Dukinfield Junction in Ashton and crossed the Tame Aqueduct through Newton, Hyde, Woodley (known for its tunnel), Bredbury, Romiley and crossing the River Goyt on Marple Aqueduct which is situated alongside a railway viaduct. Short walk is Marple flight of 16 locks and we finished our walk at Lock 8 - a short walk to the railway station.

After completing the Lower Peak Forest Canal I have now walked the whole of the canal, in two sketches, from Ashton to Bugsworth Basin/Whaley Bridge.
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