Bosley to Harding's Wood

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Last updated: 10 February, 2015

For a location map covering part of the canal click on the nearest red +. Click on red P for a picture of the location. There are many hot spots on the maps - pass the cursor arrow over the objects on the map to find them.

Maps: Marple to Bollington | Bollington to Bosley | Bosley to Harding's Wood

Places: Marple | High Lane | Higher Poynton | Wood Lanes | Bollington (north end) | Bollington (south end)
Hurdsfield | Macclesfield | Gurnett / Sutton | Lyme Green | Bosley | Congleton | Hightown (Congleton)
Astbury | Kent Green | Scholar Green | Hall Green | Red Bull | Kidsgrove

Previous map: Bollington to Bosley


via Dog Lane Aqueduct: Major shopping centre, all services. Congleton War Memorial Hospital: 01260-294828 minor injuries clinic 250m downhill from Dog Lane Aqueduct
Vet 01260-273222, Police 101
Taxi 01260 279400

Pubs town centre
Lion & Swan Hotel, Bull's Head Hotel,
Old King's Arms
Beartown Brewery Tap (their own cask ales)
Old White Lion and many others


Br.75 east side: local shops, chippy, PO, general store, pharmacy, off licence (200m), takeaway, hardware, bakery, hairdresser
west side, buses, railway station, plumbers merchant

* Queen's Head br.75 west side
* Railway br.75 east side

Dog Lane Aqueduct

General store, open to 9pm, uphill 200m


* Wharf Inn, under aqueduct


via br.79 or 80, ¾ mile
Glebe Farm shop, cafe, crafts, animals


Egerton Arms


Missing bridge numbers were  replaced 1997/2000 by
The Macclesfield Canal Society

via br.83 or 85, 1¼ mile
Peck's - booking essential 01260-275161


Little Moreton Hall NT 01260-272018
1 mile via the path from br.86.

Ramsdell Hall railings have been restored by a partnership that included The Macclesfield Canal Society.

The winding hole is adjacent to Ramsdell Hall garden. Please do not use the marina entrance

Scholar Green

Chinese takeaway, hairdresser
Drenfell Rd. down from br.87

'Late Shop', PO br.91, ¼ mile

Rising Sun br.87/88, 100m
Traveller's Rest, br.91, ¼ mile

Caution! Br.90 swivel bridge: ensure chain is fully in the water.

Hall Green

Br.93, Stop lock: water, MCS leaflet box

Bleeding Wolf, br.93 or 94

Red Bull

Br.96: Red Bull Services, boat repair yard 01782-779033

Below lock 43 T&MC: CRT Manchester & Pennine office 0303 040 4040
CRT emergency: 0800 47 999 47
Full service facilities

* Red Bull, lock 43 T&MC

Map 3, Buglawton to Harding's Wood Street map Street map Street map Wharf Inn Queen's Head Inn Red Bull Inn Bridge 73 Bleeding Wolf Inn Hall Green stop lock Church House Inn Beartown Tap Railway Inn Egerton Arms Horse Shoe Inn Rising Sun Inn Traveller's Rest Inn Blue Bell Inn Canal Tavern Inn Robin Hood Inn Tunnel mouth: sanitary station (no drinking water). Next sanitary stations T&M north: Red Bull then Wheelock; south: Etruria (+water); Macclesfield canal: Bosley top lock

Please email with corrections


Robin Hood Br.61 uphill, 400m
Church House Br.68 west side, 300m

The Cloud NT 343m
2 miles via br.57, 61, 68, 71 or 72

Br.66: 'Late Shop', mile west
Winding holes on this pound are often restricted in their capacity.
Dane Aqueduct to Red Bull Congleton tourist information Congleton Museum

Vaudrey's Wharf (arm south of br.72)
  at risk of closure!  
Biddulph Line Aqueduct; with Staffordshire Way underneath

Bridge 73 was saved from demolition by The Macclesfield Canal Society


There are very many public footpaths leading from the canal particularly north of Macclesfield. OS Explorer map 268 covers the entire canal. Those points along the canal connecting to National Routes or to National Trails are shown in bold.

Horse Shoe, br.80 or Watery Lane Aqueduct, ½ mile, over railway


Approximate cruising times are shown in blue to give a very rough idea of the time that may be taken to cruise between the points marked with a blue +. Total cruising time for the canal is about 13 hours.

Mow Cop and Old Man of Mow NT 335m,
Mow Cop 1 miles via br.85 or 87
; hard, very steep road walk!


Kent Green

Br.87: Heritage Narrowboats 01782-785700 pump out, diesel, gas, water, moorings, chandlery, repairs, hire fleet, day boat hire. Souvenir shop with food basics


The Macclesfield Canal Society have provided leaflet boxes at Bosley top lock and Hall Green stop lock


Shops, PO, chippy, all services, buses, railway station
Taxi 01782 788008

Harding's Wood Junction

Br.97/98: Tesco superstore, petrol
Br.98: water
T&M offside: solid fuels, gas, diesel

Pubs br.97/98
* Canal Tavern
* Blue Bell a CAMRA pub of the year!
Harecastle Hotel in the town

Harecastle Tunnel
Trent & Mersey Canal