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Marple Aqueduct courtesy Getty Images

Marple Locks

This 16-lock flight at Marple is a spectacular sight, and one of the steepest flights in Britain. Visit beautiful countryside and nearby Marple Aqueduct for a family day out.

It's an absolutely fascinating part of our industrial heritage. Not only does Marple boast Benjamin Outram's splendid stone Marple Aqueduct, together with its slightly higher railway viaduct neighbour running parallel. But you're sure to bump into Oldknow - the man who made Marple.

Visit our welcome station for more information, located at the top of Marple's famous lock flight, near to the junction with the Macclesfield Canal.

Things to see and do

Planning your visit

  • Address

    Marple Locks, Church St, Marple, Stockport, Cheshire, SK6 6BN

  • Opening times

    The towpath is always open.

  • Prices

    Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing.

  • Toilets

    There are public toilets in the town centre.

Getting here

  • By car

    Parking is available in the town centre

  • By rail

    Marple Station is a 5-minute walk to the towpath itself, and 15 minutes to the bottom lock.

photo of a location on the canals
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