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Macclesfield Cheshire England
The Macclesfield Canal runs 27 miles between Marple and Hall Green, near Kidsgrove, mostly avoiding built-up areas. The route takes the canal through High Lane, Higher Poynton, Wood Lanes, Bollington, Bollington (south end), Hurdsfield, Macclesfield, Gurnett, Sutton, Lyme Green, Bosley, Congleton, Hightown, Kent Green, Scholar Green, Hall Green and Red Bull. | The Macclesfield Canal provides the most elevated and, some would say, most beautiful part of the Cheshire Canal Ring. The canal has just two levels divided by 12 stone locks in 1¼ miles at Bosley as well as the lock at Hall Green. This allows boaters to enjoy several hours of lock-free cruising either side of the flight. The top level is, at 518 feet above sea level, one of the highest navigable levels in the country. The canal also forms part of the Cheshire Ring Canal Walk, a 97-mile walk linking six historic canals, including the Macclesfield, Peak Forest and Trent & Mersey. Cheshire County Council also promote walks around the canal area, taking in Church Lawton, Congleton, Macclesfield, Bollington and Poynton.| Walkers also appreciate the proximity to the Middlewood Way, a trail that runs along the line of the closed Macclesfield, Bollington & Marple Railway, close to the canal. This is excellent for family walking, riding and cycling, with picnic sites along the way. There are several footpath links between the towpath and the Middlewood Way, opening up many possibilities for circular walks. There are 26 miles of fishing, much of it recently improved by recent dredging.
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