Cheshire Ring Canal Walk
- Trent and Mersey Canal - Kidsgrove to Preston Brook
- Bridgewater Canal - Preston Brook to Castlefield
- Rochdale Canal - Castlefield to Ducie Street
- Ashton Canal - Ducie Street to Portland Basin
- Peak Forest Canal - Portland Basin to Marple
- Macclesfield Canal - Marple to Kidsgrove
The videos below show the sections along the Rochdale Canal in Manchester and along the Peak Forest Canal at Marple.
Cheshire Ring Canal Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Cheshire Ring Canal Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Cheshire Ring Canal Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Cheshire Ring Canal Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Macclesfield Canal Pubs:
The Ring O' Bells is a good choice for some refreshments on the Macclesfield Canal. Located in Marple the 200 year old pub boasts a large award winning beer terrace/garden overlooking the canal. It's a great place to relax and enjoy a drink in the summer when there are weekly brass band concerts. The friendly pub is located right next to the canal at 130 Church Lane with a postcode of SK6 7AY.
At Gurnett Ye Olde Kings Head is worthy of some investigation. The historic pub dates from 1695 and used to be a Smithy. It's conveniently located right next to the canal on Byrons Lane at postcode SK11 0HD.
The Puss in Boots is also right on the canal in Macclesfield itself. There's tables right next to the water and a good menu. It's at postcode SK10 1NF.
The Miner's Arms is located a couple of minutes walk from the Adlington Basin and attractive Lyme View Marina. As such it makes for a good pit stop on the route. The classic old country pub does good food and has a nice large beer garden to sit out and relax in on warmer days. There's a cosy fire indoors, a good sized car park and it's also dog friendly. You can find the pub on Wood Lane North, just south east of Poynton at a postcode of SK10 4PF for your sat navs.
At Portland Basin there's an excellent museum with an adjacent cafe. There's a good menu and outdoor seating where you can sit and watch the boats go by on finer days. You can even take a boat trip from here and experience the canal from a different perspective. The Portland Basin Museum is also well worth exploring if you have time. It's housed within the restored nineteenth century Ashton Canal Warehouse and combines a lively modern interior with a peaceful canal side setting. Inside you can see a series of interesting exhibitions detailing the history of Tameside's industrial heritage.
One of the highlights of the Trent and Mersey Canal is the splendid Anderton Boat Lift near Northwich. The device lifts boats 50 feet from the River Weaver Navigation to the canal. This 'Cathedral of the Canals' has been listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the British Waterways and won experience of the year 2019. Here you can enjoy a boat trip along the river which uses the lift on the way. There's also a visitor centre and cafe where you can enjoy refreshments with fine views of the lift.