Canal Trips

Macclesfield Canal


The Macclesfield Canal, designed by Thomas Telford, opened in 1831, is 26.1 miles long starting from the Peak Forest Canal at Marple, running south through Macclesfield and Congleton to the Hall Green Branch of the Trent and Mersey Canal. There are only 12 Locks at Bosley.

Our journey starts at Nelson’s Pit Visitor Centre at Higher Poynton (pay and display car park, coins, no change given, toilets available). We can have a return paddle either north east to Marple where we can alight and admire the flight of 13 locks down to Romily Bridge. Or, we can paddle south towards Macclesfield.

Distance: Nelson’s Pit north east to Marple, 4 ½ miles, total paddle is 9 miles.

Distance: Nelson’s Pit south to Macclesfield, 7 ½ miles, total paddle is 15 miles.


Who: Up to four persons, 9 years-old +

When: usually April to October, though out-of-season trips can be made dependant upon weather.

Cost: ½ day £75, full day £125.

What’s provided: Kayak, paddle, buoyancy aid, various sizes of paddling cagoule, spraydeck (for experienced paddlers)

What you should bring: Several layers of clothing, wet shoes or old trainers (not wellies or boots), sun hat and sun block. Check the weather! A towel and change of clothes (just in case it rains hard, there are no drainage holes in the kayaks).

Optional extras: We’ll stop for a hot drink coffee/tea/hot chocolate and biscuits.

Please let me know about any allergies or special / medical requirements.

Got your own kayak? You’re welcome to use your own kayak but please note that my kayaks are 12’ touring kayaks (with storage), are easy to paddle and cruise at 5kph. While we travel at the pace of the slowest person, please note that shorter kayaks take more effort to paddle.