Cheshire Ring Canal Walk

'The idea of circular cruising routes is probably as old as pleasure cruising on the canals but it was not until 1965 that the term "ring" was applied to what had previously been called the Peak Forest circular route. The term was not coined by a boat hire company with a flair for marketing but by the Inland Waterways Association fighting the threat of complete closure of the Rochdale Canal. The IWA Bulletin dated July1965 called for "a vigorous Campaign to be inaugurated immediately, for the development and complete restoration of this circuit of waterways best described by the phrase 'Cheshire Canal Ring' ". In the next issue of the Bulletin in November this was shortened to "Cheshire Ring".'

Distance (miles)
Longer distance range
Starting from
Marple, North West England, Stockport
Type of Walk

'A route following the towpaths along six historic canals of various ages and character, this Walk offers the solitude of quiet countryside, the hustle and bustle of city streets and views of the Cheshire Plain and Peak District hills. The canals are, anticlockwise from Macclesfield, Macclesfield Canal to Marple; Peak Forest, Ashton and Rochdale Canals into Manchester to join the Bridgewater Canal at Castlefield to follow it to Preston Brook; Trent & Mersey Canal to Hardings Wood Junction near Kidsgrove; Macclesfield Canal back to the start.'

Walks described here by
See also

The Cheshire Ring [Jim Shead]