Peak Forest and Macclesfield Canals


From Date: 01/08/2019 18:00

To Date: 07/08/2019 16:26 inclusive

Type: Navigation Closure

Reason: Water resources

Is the towpath closed? Yes


Closest waterway: Peak Forest Canal

Starts at: Bridge 26, Dryhurst Bridge

Ends at: Transhipment Warehouse Whaley Bridge


07/08/2019 16:26

It was announced that the residents of Whaley Bridge could return home. The water level in the reservoir has now been lowered by over ten metres, and there is no longer a risk to the town. Our teams are now on-site removing the remaining stop planks from the bridges along the Peak Forest canal. The canal and towpath are now back open We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding while we worked to make the reservoir safe.

02/08/2019 13:20

The Marple flight on the Peak Forest canal and the Bosley flight on the Macclesfield canal have now re-opened. However, the Upper Peak Forest canal will remain closed from Bridge 26  to Whaley Bridge. Our staff and volunteers are on both lock flights which can provide some support and assistance travelling through the locks.

Please ensure you stay up to date with the latest information and immediately contact the police if you’re in any doubt about your safety.

We will be able to provide further updates as soon as we can for more information, visit our Toddbrook Reservoir news page


Following the heavy rainfall which has caused widespread problems across the North West, we’re currently working with local agencies to manage the potential risks arising from damage to the spillway at Toddbrook Reservoir which feeds the Peak Forest Canal. Our engineers are on site assessing the scale of the damage and over the next few hours we will be doing all we can to draw down water from the reservoir in a controlled way to reduce the risk to surrounding communities

In the meantime we have taken the decision to close the Marple flight on the Peak Forest canal and the Bosley flight on the Macclesfield canal whilst we manage the potential risks.  The emergency services are taking every precaution including evacuating local properties and closing local roads to maintain public safety. If you are boating in this area please take every precaution.

We will provide a further update tomorrow morning.