SJ8762 : Steps up from the Macclesfield Canal to the Queens Head, Congleton

taken 5 years ago, near to Hightown, Cheshire, Great Britain

Steps up from the Macclesfield Canal to the Queens Head, Congleton
Steps up from the Macclesfield Canal to the Queens Head, Congleton
Cheshire Ring Canal Walk

A 98 mile long route following the towpaths along six historic canals of various ages and character. The canals are, anticlockwise from Macclesfield, Macclesfield Canal to Marple; Peak Forest, Ashton and Rochdale Canals into Manchester to join the Bridgewater Canal at Castlefield to follow it to Preston Brook; Trent & Mersey Canal to Hardings Wood Junction near Kidsgrove; Macclesfield Canal back to the start.

The Macclesfield Canal

One of the last narrow canals to be built the canal was approved by Act of Parliament in April 1826. Thomas Telford surveyed the canal and construction was engineered by William Crosley. The completed canal was opened on 9th November 1831 at a cost of 320,000.00. The canal was bought out by the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincoln Railway in 1847. With nationalisation in 1947 it passed to the Docks & Inland Waterways Board with commercial carrying finishing only in the 1960's shortly before British Waterways was formed. The canal runs from Marple Junction with the Peak Forest Canal in the north 26 miles to the stop lock at Hall Green near Kidsgrove. The canal is noted for its six fine change or snake bridges where the tow-path changes sides of the canal. These bridges were designed to allow the horse to move over without having to untie it from the boat. Thanks to Telford's design for commercial traffic the Macclesfield Canal has a very shallow and tapered bottom. The deep channel is just wide enough for two boats to pass in the centre making mooring other than at wharves 'challenging'.

The Macclesfield Canal

The Macclesfield Canal is just over 27 miles in length, and has thirteen locks, including the stop lock at Hall Green and the other twelve at Bosley. The canal was surveyed by Thomas Telford in 1825, then engineered by William Crosley, and opened on 9 November 1831 at a cost of 320,000. It joins the Trent and Mersey Canal at Hall Green to the Peak Forest Canal at Marple.

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Saturday, 18 March, 2017   (more nearby)
Friday, 31 March, 2017
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Macclesfield Canal 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8712 6226 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:9.4387N 2:11.6444W
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