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News article created on 5 April 2017

Peak Forest Canal opens for business following winter makeover

The Peak Forest Canal in Marple has reopened in time for the main boating season following our £400,000 makeover.

Boat entering lock on Peak Forest Canal with walkers on the towpath Peak Forest Canal

Thanks to the help of its funders and supporters, our skilled workmen have replaced the bottom lock gates at Lock 14 and carried out lock gate and masonry repairs to locks 1, 3, 8, 11, 13, 15 and 16 to enable the local community to continue to enjoy and use the canal in Marple.

David Baldacchino, our local waterway manager, said: "The Marple Lock Flight is one of busiest lock flights across our canal network. We’ve carried out essential maintenance to the 200-year-old canal to ensure boaters can continue to use the popular waterway but importantly, local people can use the canal to walk to school and work or as a place to get away from it all."

The Peak Forest Canal opened in 1805 and runs for 15 miles between Ashton under Lyne and Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire. There are 16 locks at Marple, separating the "Upper" and "Lower" parts of the canal. The Lower Peak Forest Canal forms part of the "Cheshire Ring".