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Marple Locks

The flight of 16 locks at Marple is a spectacular sight, one of the steepest flights in Britiain. Plus the beautiful countryside and nearby Marple Aqueduct makes it a wonderful place for a family day out.

General information

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

Visit time: 2-3 hours

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

Parking: Parking is available in the town centre

Toilets: There are public toilets in the town centre

Free visitor guide

Great for

Since 2015, this part of the Peak Forest Canal has been a Green Flag Award winner, the Marple Aqueduct itself winning a Heritage Green Award in 2017.

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Walking


Marple marina, Marple Aqueduct, lock flight, cinema in town centre

Spot a boat

A good place to see boats in the summer


Boat trips

  • The Bell

    Boat trips - public, Boat trips - charter, Boat trips - education / community, Boat trips - restaurant

Picnic spot

There is a picnic table at lock 7 and benches at lock 16


  • Walks & trails

    There are a number of walks and trails in the area

  • Oldknows

    trails, walks, and history - follow the story of Old Know along the Marple stretch of the canal


You may see:

  • Swans
  • Ducks
  • Coots/Moorhens