GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Cheshire Ring Canal Walk

98 miles (158 km)

This nice easy walk follows six historic canals through Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Staffordshire.
The canal towpaths you will follow include:

  • 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 route passes through some lovely, peaceful countryside but also has some urban sections, making for a varied and interesting walk. The route is well waymarked with a blue and white disc.
The videos below show the sections along the Rochdale canal in Manchester and along the Peak Forest Canal at Marple.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


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Cheshire Ring start of the Macclesfield Canal at Marple

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Looking across the Macclesfield Canal, over the village of Sutton

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Trent and Mersey Canal at Kidsgrove

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Trent and Mersey Canal near Sandbach

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Anderton Marina

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Trent & Mersey Canal overlooking Dutton Locks

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Lymm Bridgewater Canal

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Rochdale Canal - Manchester

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GPS Files

GPX File

Cheshire Ring Canal Walk.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Cheshire Ring Canal Walk.mmo (right click - 'Save As')