Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
Work for us
We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Planning your visit
History & Heritage
Things to do or see
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
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Marple Locks, Church St, Marple, Stockport, Cheshire, SK6 6BN
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Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
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 Britiain. 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 facinating 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.
Help us fly our Green Flags
Find out more about the prestigious Green Flag Awards we've won
The Oldknow project
The Canal & River Trust and Mellor Archaeological Trust have joined forces to secure £2.3 million of investment to reveal Oldknow’s Legacy
Take to the towpath:
Cafes, pubs and restuarants:
There is a picnic table at lock 7 and benches at lock 16
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
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Nine regions to choose from - over 120 fantastic places to visit