Cheshire’s impressive flight of 12 locks at Bosley, on the Macclesfield Canal, has been given a £240,000 winter facelift by us, ready for the start of the summer boating season.
We have worked hard through the snow, ice and sleet between January and Easter to carry out essential repairs on eight of the locks. Tasks have included replacing or re-lining worn-out lock gates, installing new paddles, replacing missing stonework and repairing damaged ironwork.
Opened in 1831, the 26 mile Macclesfield Canal connects the Peak Forest Canal with the Trent & Mersey Canal and is part of the popular Cheshire Ring. In 2015, it became the first canal in the country to be awarded Keep Britain Tidy’s coveted Green Flag Award - the mark of a quality green space.
David Baldacchino, our local waterway manager said: "The Macclesfield Canal is a beautiful rural waterway and is very popular with boaters from all over the country. The man-made canal is nearly 200 years old, so it’s a constant endeavour to keep it in good repair.
"The Trust always tries to programme maintenance work in the winter months so we can keep the waterways open for boaters during the main summer cruising season. As the first Green Flag canal in the country we have a reputation to uphold for providing all our visitors with a great experience, so it’s important to keep the lock flight in tip top working order."