Marple Locks

Marple Locks

The flight of sixteen 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.


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

Location on map:

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

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Things to Do & Places to Eat

Good for:

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Walking

Boat trips:

Spot a boat:

A good place to see boats in the summer


Picnic spot:

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



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

General Information

Visit time:

2-3 hours

Opening Hours:

All day, everyday


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



There is a good level surface with some ramps


most footwear will do


Parking is available in the town centre


There are public toilets in the town centre


You may see:

  • Swans
  • Ducks
  • Coots/Moorhens

Historic Features

You'll see:

  • Marple aqueduct - Scheduled Ancient Monument
  • Stone bridges

The locks were restored by the volunteers of the Peak Forest Canal Society during the period 1966 to 1974 culminating in the reopening of the locks and Cheshire Ring.

Marple Aqueduct, which lies just beyond Marple Bottom Lock, is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. In a terrific setting, this three-arch structure was built by Benjamin Outram to cross the River Goyt. It is now accompanied by a parallel railway viaduct.