Planning your visit
Address: Marple Locks, Church St, Marple, Stockport, Cheshire, SK6 6BN View on Google map
Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
Toilets: There are public toilets in the town centre
The flight of 16 locks at Marple is a spectacular sight, one of the steepest flights in Britain. With the beautiful countryside around Marple Aqueduct a 20 minute walk up the towpath to the top of the flight, it makes a wonderful place for a family day out.
It's an absolutely fascinating part of our industrial heritage. Not only does Marple boast Benjamin Outram's splendid stone Marple Aqueduct together with its slightly higher railway viaduct neighbour running parallel. But you're sure to bump into Oldknow - the man who made Marple.
Visit our new Welcome Station for more information. The mini visitor information centre has been created from a refurbished old stone canal toll house, at the top of Marple’s famous lock flight, near to the junction with the Macclesfield Canal.
Places to eat:
There is a picnic table at lock 7 and benches at lock 16
- Guide and map to Marple & Mellor
- History & trail guide
- Explore Samuel Oldknow’s two-hundred year legacy
Download our free nature spotters guide and go on your own nature trail.
By car - parking is available in the town centre
By rail - Marple Station is a 5 minute walk to the towpath itself and 15 mintures to the bottom lock
By bus - bus routes 383 and 384 go to Marple