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Macclesfield and Peak Forest Canals Closure

Date of closure:  Friday 24th June 2022 until further notice
Type: Navigation Restriction
Reason: Water resources

The Canal & River Trust have announced that the Macclesfield Canal and the Peak Forest Canal will be closed from Friday 24th June due to water shortages. It is anticipated that these canals will remain closed for several weeks; the Canal & River Trust cannot confirm re-open dates yet.

The sections that will be closed are between Lock 1 and Lock 12 on the Macclesfield Canal and Lock 1 and Lock 16 on the Peak Forest Canal.

This means that it will not be possible to cruise the Cheshire Ring during this time, or go to Whaley Bridge.

If you have a holiday booked from our Acton Bridge base in Cheshire or our Stoke on Trent base in Staffordshire and had planned on cruising the Cheshire Ring, please take a look at our other routes available or give our team a call on (0044) 1527 575115 for route advice.

See all our routes from Acton Bridge in Cheshire here.

See all our routes from Stoke on Trent in Staffordshire here. 

You can view this notice and more information about the water shortages here:

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/21825/lock-flight-operating-times-macclesfield-and-peak-forest-canals

You can find all notices at the url below:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices

Lock restrictions on the Macclesfield and Peak Forest Canals, 2022

Monday 4 April 2022 08:30 until further notice
Type: Navigation Restriction
Reason: Water resources

Intersection of: Lock 1 to Lock 12 on Macclesfield Canal and Lock 1 to Lock 16 on Peak Forest Canal

Following essential maintenance works at Bosley Reservoir over the winter, requiring the reservoir to be drawn down; coupled with the on-going repair works at Toddbrook Reservoir, the main boating season is starting with much less water than normal. Unfortunately, this means that there will be limited supply of water to support navigation in the northwest this spring and summer.

To make sure that the limited water that is available lasts for as long as possible, the use of locks will be restricted from Monday 4 April 2022.

The Canal and River Trust is providing additional resources to this area to support our water management activities and will have teams of volunteer lock keepers helping to conserve as much water as possible.

From Monday 4 April until Sunday 24 April 2022, the following operating times will apply:

Bosley Lock Flight (south of Macclesfield) – open Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
Open from 8:30am to allow passage through the flight. Last boat entry to the flight will be at 1pm, and all boats must have exited the flight by 4pm.

Marple Lock Flight (east of Stockport) – open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
Open from 8:30am to allow passage through the flight. Last boat entry to the flight will be at 12 noon, and all boats must have exited the flight by 4pm.

Both Lock Flights will be closed on Fridays to help the summit water levels to recover ahead of the weekend demand.

From Monday 25 April 2022 the following opening times will apply:

Bosley Lock Flight – open Sundays and Thursdays
Open from 8:30am to allow passage through the flight. Last boat entry to the flight will be at 1pm, and all boats must have exited the flight by 4pm.

Marple Lock Flight – open Tuesdays and Saturdays
Open from 8:30am to allow passage through the flight. Last boat entry to the flight will be at 12 noon, and all boats must have exited the flight by 4pm.

The Canal and River Trust will continue to monitor the reservoir holdings throughout the season and where possible, amend the operating times should the situation improve. Please note, these operating times will remain under review and could be subject to change.

You can view this notice and its map online here:

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/21825/lock-flight-operating-times-macclesfield-and-peak-forest-canals

You can find all notices at the url below:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices