GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Bosley Locks

4 miles (6.8 km)

This waterside walk visits the impressive Bosley Locks on the Macclesfield Canal in Cheshire.
The walk starts in Bosley village and follows a footpaths south west past Chaff Hall before crossing the old disused railway and the River Dane. Here you meet up with the Dane Valley Way and follow the waymarked trail to the canal at the Dane aqueduct. Follow the towpath north along the Cheshire Ring Canal Walk and it will take you the Bosley Locks. Here you'll find a series of 12 pretty locks with fine views of the surrounding countryside. After exploring the lock flight you return to the village on the same paths.

Bosley Locks OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Bosley Locks Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

You can extend the walk by continuing north along the canal into Macclesfield. Heading west will take you towards Congleton.
Just to the east of the canal there's more nice waterside trails around Bosley Reservoir. You could also enjoy a climb to the viewpoint at Bosley Cloud.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cheshire Walks and Peak District Walks pages.


Dane Aqueduct

Photograph of the Dane Aqueduct, carrying the Macclesfield Canal over the River Dane, Bosley

Lock 1, Macclesfield Canal near Bosley - - 440999

Lock 1, Macclesfield Canal near Bosley Another view at the Top Lock of the Bosley Flight with The Cloud in the background.Moor behind the camera to walk to the Transmitter on Sutton Common, if you are fit enough. Choose a clear day to avoid disappointment. OS Explorer map no. 268 is suggested.

Bosley Locks 9 and 10, Macclesfield Canal, Cheshire - - 550317

Bosley Locks 9 and 10, Macclesfield Canal. Lock 9 is seen here across the pound from Lock 10. It is notable that the top gates of all the Bosley flight are paired mitre gates. Although this is commonplace on wide locks and river locks, it is highly unusual on narrow locks.

Bosley Locks - Macclesfield Canal - - 486682

Macclesfield Canal Locks 10 & 11 on the Bosley Flight. Apart from the stop lock at Hall Green all the locks on the Macclesfield Canal are grouped in this flight. Information from Roger Kidd.

The Macclesfield Canal below Bosley locks - - 29770

The Macclesfield Canal below Bosley locks. Looking north-east towards the radio mast on Croker Hill. The canal is on an embankment here; in the middle distance it narrows where an aqueduct carries it over the River Dane.

Bosley Locks, Macclesfield Canal - - 89205

This is Lock No 5 of the flight of twelve taken from the A54 bridge. Lock No 4 also can be seen a short distance ahead.


GPS Files

GPX File

Bosley Locks.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Bosley Locks.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)