Marple Locks

Marple Bridge

Walk of optional length, with many industrial features


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Get there

Public transport: buses go to walk start. Train station is a few minutes away. Private transport: Parking in Marple, 15 mins walk.


Straight up, this walk may be only 3 and some miles, but you’ll need to climb maybe 90ft out of the valley, mostly on steps. Do that, you’ll get to see an outdoor museum on the history of the early Industrial Revolution. Marple Bridge, perched on the edge of the river Goyt, is where to start, you pass by workers cottages, climb past the community farm (you could stop), then the ruin of a notable mill, to the Roman Lakes. Which are not Roman at all, they were built by an industrialist. Cross the Roman Bridge (same comment), climb to the canal, then walk along, then down to Marple through Marple Locks. Which are a flight, 209m, 16 locks long. Must have taken money or panache to make that. Marple has other attractions, such as the walk further to Strines (make this walk long, you can hold to the Peak Forest Canal for another five miles to Bugsworth Basin). Or continue towards Manchester and the Marple Aqueduct. I will say this; Marple has attractions but, unless you’re travelling by boat, walking is how to see them.