GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Peak Forest Canal

15 miles (24 km)

Travel from Derbyshire into Greater Manchester on this waterside walk along the Peak Forest Canal. The route runs from Buxworth in Derbyshire to Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester. On the way you'll pass a series of pretty locks with nice views of the surrounding countryside. It's about a 15 mile walk from end to end.
You start off in the village of Buxworth and head north towards Bridgemont and New Mills with views of the River Goyt. Around New Mills you can visit the splendid Torrs Riverside Park and Millennium Way. Here you will find a beautiful river gorge with a fabulous 160 metre long walkwayelevated over the water.
Soon after New Mills you come to Disley where you can take a small detour and visit the wonderful Lyme Park. The expansive deer park has great views of the surrounding Peak District Hills.
The canal continues north through Marple where you will come to the impressive Marple Aqueduct and a flight of sixteen locks. It's one of the highlights on the walk and a nice spot to stop for some refreshments.
The next stage runs through Romiley and Hyde before finishing at Ashton-under-Lyne where it links with the Ashton Canal.
The canal also links with other long distance trails. You can pick up the Goyt Way at New Mills and enjoy another waterside walk along the riverside path.
There's also the Cheshire Ring Canal Walk which visits five other canals and the lovely Tame Valley Way.

Peak Forest Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Peak Forest Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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