Marple Locks

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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

Stourport Basins explorers days out

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.

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.

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.

Things to do and see

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Picnic spot:

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


Wildlife spotting:

Download our free nature spotters guide and go on your own nature trail.

Getting here

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

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