Marple, Stockport

Marple, Stockport

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

The Peak Forest Canal opened in 1800 to transport limestone from Derbyshire to the rest of the country and is the perfect location to study the history and geography of the local area.

Marple Locks

Investigate the history of the Peak Forest Canal on this guided trail. Look for clues from the past to help you work out what used to happen here. Learn how we use locks to move boats up and downhill and how to be safe around them during a lock demonstration. 

Marple Lime Kilns

Samuel Oldknow built his Gothic inspired Lime Kilns between 1797 and 1802 to burn limestone quarried in the Peak Forest. These Lime Kilns are now a Scheduled Ancient Monument that give us a fascinating insight into our industrial past. Explore the lime kilns from above and below on a guided tour.

Workshops – delivered in your classroom

Build a Canal

This workshop helps children to understand how and why the Peak Forest Canal was built and what Samuel Oldknow had to do with it. Children become navvies and engineers as they build their own version of the canal with the workshop leader.

Water Safety

Learn how to spot the hazards of being near water, how to help in an emergency and our SAFE message (Stay Away From the Edge).

Learning Resources

Our visits support the Samuel Oldknow 6 week scheme of work:

Samuel Oldknow KS1

Samuel Oldknow KS2

Discover more about Marple.


We offer free preliminary visits and our website features downloadable trails/activities suitable for pre-visit planning or follow up work.


Trips to Marple Locks and Lime Kilns are FREE.