Peak Forest Canal (Lower)

The Peak Forest Canal (Lower) is a narrow canal and is part of the Peak Forest Canal. It runs for 8 miles and ¾ furlongs through 16 locks from Dukinfield Junction (where it joins the Ashton Canal) to Marple Junction (where it joins the Macclesfield Canal and the Peak Forest Canal (Upper)).

The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 72 feet long and 7 feet wide. The maximum headroom is 6 feet and 5 inches. The maximum draught is 4 feet and 5 inches.

Notable features of the waterway include: Woodley Tunnel, Hyde Bank Tunnel and Marple Locks

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Dukinfield Junction
Junction of Ashton Canal with the Peak Forest Canal
Portland Basin Stone Bridge a few yards 0 locks
Portland Basin Aqueduct
Over the River Tame
¼ furlongs 0 locks
Portland Basin Arm ½ furlongs 0 locks
Dukinfield Railway Bridge ¾ furlongs 0 locks
Dukinfield Lift Bridge No 1 2¾ furlongs 0 locks
Dewsnap Railway Bridge 5¼ furlongs 0 locks
Dukinfield Bridge No 2 7 furlongs 0 locks
Dukinfield Hall Bridge No 3 1 mile and ¾ furlongs 0 locks
Warble Wharf 1 mile and 4¾ furlongs 0 locks
Dunkirk Farm Bridge Winding Hole 1 mile and 5½ furlongs 0 locks
Dunkirk Farm Bridge No 4 1 mile and 6¼ furlongs 0 locks
M67 Road Bridge
Manchester to the right
2 miles and 1½ furlongs 0 locks
Wilson Brook Aqueduct 2 miles and 2 furlongs 0 locks
Canal Street Winding Hole 2 miles and 2½ furlongs 0 locks
Hyde Bridge No 6
A57 Road Bridge, south of M67 bridge
2 miles and 3 furlongs 0 locks
Raglan Street Footbridge 2 miles and 5 furlongs 0 locks
Gower Hey Pipe Bridge 2 miles and 7 furlongs 0 locks
Captain Clarkes Bridge No 7 2 miles and 7¼ furlongs 0 locks
Apethorne Bridge No 8 3 miles and ¼ furlongs 0 locks
Apethorne Footpath Tunnel 3 miles and 2 furlongs 0 locks
Apethorne Footbridge 3 miles and 2¼ furlongs 0 locks
Houghton Dale Bridge No 9
Haughton Dale Nature Reserve to the right
3 miles and 4¾ furlongs 0 locks
Unity Mills Footbridge No 10 3 miles and 5¾ furlongs 0 locks
Unity Mills Winding Hole 3 miles and 6¼ furlongs 0 locks
Footbridge No 11 4 miles and 1 furlong 0 locks
Woodley Bridge No 12 4 miles and 2¼ furlongs 0 locks
Woodley Railway Bridge 4 miles and 3 furlongs 0 locks
Woodley Tunnel (North end) 4 miles and 3½ furlongs 0 locks
Woodley Tunnel (South end) 4 miles and 4¼ furlongs 0 locks
Leach Bridge No 13 4 miles and 6¼ furlongs 0 locks
Top-O'-Th'-Hill Railway Bridge 5 miles and ¾ furlongs 0 locks
Peak Bank Footbridge 5 miles and 2 furlongs 0 locks
Romiley Road Bridge No 14 5 miles and 3 furlongs 0 locks
Padden Brook Pipe Bridge 5 miles and 3¼ furlongs 0 locks
Green Lane Aqueduct 5 miles and 4½ furlongs 0 locks
Urwick Road Winding Hole 5 miles and 5½ furlongs 0 locks
Hatherlow Aqueduct
Over road
5 miles and 6 furlongs 0 locks
Romiley Pipe Bridge 6 miles and ¾ furlongs 0 locks
Oakwood Mill 6 miles and 1½ furlongs 0 locks
Hyde Bank Tunnel (Northwest end) No 15 6 miles and 2 furlongs 0 locks
Hyde Bank Tunnel (Southeast end) 6 miles and 3½ furlongs 0 locks
Rosehill Field Bridge 6 miles and 6 furlongs 0 locks
Rosehill Cutting 6 miles and 6½ furlongs 0 locks
Marple Aqueduct
Over the River Goyt
6 miles and 7¼ furlongs 0 locks
Marple Railway Bridge 6 miles and 7¾ furlongs 0 locks
Marple Bottom Lock Bridge No 16 7 miles and ¼ furlongs 0 locks
Marple Bottom Lock No 1 7 miles and ¾ furlongs 0 locks
Marple Lock No 2 7 miles and 1½ furlongs 1 lock
Marple Lock No 3 7 miles and 2 furlongs 2 locks
Marple Lock No 4 7 miles and 2½ furlongs 3 locks
Marple Locks Railway Aqueduct 7 miles and 2¾ furlongs 4 locks
Marple Lock No 5 7 miles and 3 furlongs 4 locks
Marple Lock No 6 7 miles and 3¾ furlongs 5 locks
Marple Lock No 7 7 miles and 4¼ furlongs 6 locks
Marple Lock No 8 7 miles and 4¾ furlongs 7 locks
Station Road Bridge No 17
The bridge bisects the flight, eight locks are below it - eight locks above.
7 miles and 5½ furlongs 8 locks
Marple Lock No 9 7 miles and 5½ furlongs 8 locks
Marple Lock No 10 7 miles and 6 furlongs 9 locks
Marple Lock No 11 7 miles and 6½ furlongs 10 locks
Marple Lock No 12 7 miles and 7 furlongs 11 locks
Possett Bridge No 18 7 miles and 7½ furlongs 12 locks
Marple Lock No 13 7 miles and 7¾ furlongs 12 locks
Marple Lock No 14 8 miles 13 locks
Marple Lock No 15 8 miles and ¼ furlongs 14 locks
Marple Lock No 16 Pound Arm 8 miles and ½ furlongs 15 locks
Marple Top Lock Tail Bridge 8 miles and ½ furlongs 15 locks
Marple Top Lock No 16 8 miles and ½ furlongs 15 locks
Marple Junction
Junction of Macclesfield and Peak Forest Canals
8 miles and ¾ furlongs 16 locks
 
 
 
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Navigation closure notice: Peak Forest Canal, Navigation: Closed, Towpath: Open - Lock 1 to Lock 16 — from Monday the 23rd of July, 2018 to Friday the 24th of May, 2019.

Update on 06/02/2019: Unfortunately, whilst the works at Marple Lock 11 have been progressing steadily throughout the winter so far, they are a few weeks behind our original intended schedule.  It is now planned to re-open the canal to boats by close of play on Friday 24th May 2019. Delays have been encountered in the piling phase of the works, with the augering of the ground and reinforced concrete pile installation behind the existing lock walls proving slower than expected, as well as having to address some design changes due to site constraints. However, the piling is now complete, ensuring the ground is stable so that the failed lock walls can be carefully dismantled.  Given the progression of the works to date, at this stage we now have more certainty regarding the expected duration of the next phase; take-down of both lock walls, followed by their re-building back to the correct alignment. This is complex and time consuming, as the walls are being re-constructed like-for-like, in order to comply with heritage requirements.  Lock 11 is a Grade II Listed structure. We apologise for this ongoing closure, and are pushing forward to complete the re-construction of the lock as soon as possible.   Update on 22/08/2018: Due to further movement of the chamber wall at Marple Lock 11, the lock is now too narrow for boats to fit through safely. As such, the Marple Lock Flight is unfortunately closed to navigation.

Notification sent Wednesday the 6th of February, 2019

 
 
 

Wikipedia has a page about Peak Forest Canal

The Peak Forest Canal is a narrow (7-foot (2.13 m) gauge) locked artificial waterway in northern England. It is 14.8 miles (23.8 km) long and forms part of the connected English/Welsh inland waterway network.

Other Wikipedia pages that might relate to Peak Forest Canal
[Dukinfield Junction] [Woodley, Greater Manchester] [Furness Vale] [Dukinfield Central railway station] [Whaley Bridge] [Canals in Cheshire] [Ashton Canal] [Cheshire Ring] [List of canal tunnels in the United Kingdom]
Information retrieved Tuesday 29 December 2015 at 12:01