Marple Lock Flight

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Marple Lock Flight is a flight of sixteen canal locks, situated on the Peak Forest Canal in Marple, near Stockport.


Whilst the rest of the canal was opened to navigation by 1796, insufficient money was available to complete the necessary flight of locks to connect the two halves, and a temporary tramway was installed until such time as the locks could be completed, which finally happened in 1804.[1]

With the end of commercial carrying the locks became dilapidated and by the early 1960s the flight had become impassible. Pressure in the late 1960s from the Peak Forest Canal Society and the Inland Waterways Association, who wanted to save the Cheshire Ring, resulted in the restoration and re-opening of the flight in 1974.[2]

View down from Marple top lock.

Today, the location of the flight, with easy access to public transport, and its scenic merits so close to a town centre, make it a popular destination with walkers, and during the summer small crowds can often be seen around the locks as boats pass through.[3]


The sixteen locks raise the canal by 209 feet (64 m) over the course of about a mile (1.6 km).[4]

Whilst this is a single flight, it can be divided into three different sections, each with a distinctive environment;

  • The lower section (locks 1-8)
The first part of the flight climbs through 8 locks in a heavily wooded section with little nearby habitation.
  • the middle section (locks 9-12)
The next few locks lie alongside a municipal park, with housing close at hand on the off-side bank
  • the top section (locks 13-16)
Finally, the canal rises steeply through four closely spaced locks, with housing on both sides, and a road accompanying the canal, to arrive at Marple Junction


  1. ^ "History of the Peak Forest Canal". The Marple Website. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Restoration of Marple Locks and Aqueduct". The Marple Website. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Peak Forest Canal". TripAdvisor. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Marple Locks - Virtual Tour Introduction". The Marple Website. Retrieved 5 February 2016.

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