The Macclesfield Canal in east Cheshire runs from Marple, where it links with the Peak Forest Canal, to Hardings Wood Junction, where it links with the Trent and Mersey Canal.
Its total length is 42.2 km (26.25 mi) and there are 13 locks. It forms part of the Cheshire Ring and is home to Britain’s oldest canal cruising club, the North Cheshire Cruising Club.
Much of the route is through rural landscapes and the towpath is tree-lined, providing great opportunities for pleasant walking and cycling.
There are many old Victorian buildings en route, reminders of the area’s cotton trade history, and a considerable number of structures making up the canal itself, from bridges to locks to fence posts, are Grade II listed.