Marple Flight, Lower Peak Forest Canal
I did approximately 6-8 miles of canal walking on Upper Peak Forest Canal from Marple to Whaley Bridge. I started at Lock 9, I think, of the Marple flight of locks. Reaching top of 16 locks and Marple junction, I "officially" began walking the lock free Upper Peak Forest Canal to Whaley Bridge via Disley and New Mills. The Peak Forest Canal is one of the most scenic canals I ever walked on with stunning views of the Furniss Vale, the Torrs and in the distance the hills of the Peak District. When I reached Whaley Bridge junction I made a side trip to Bugsworth Basin where I made a comfort stop at its nostalgic Navigation Inn and learnt about the area’s history.
I’m now looking forward to completing the Peak Forest Canal, from Ashton Under Lyne to Marple.