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Lord Vernon's Wharf.

Lord Vernon's Wharf



Cruise along the Macclesfield Canal through the only flight of locks on this canal at Bosley, through green and hilly countryside through the town of Macclesfield and find out about the history of silk-making and visit a cotton and silk making mill here.

Take a walking tour around the town and discover Congleton’s hidden history, then sit back and relax in one of Congleton’s many bars and restaurants.

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Recommended Holiday
Duration : 4 nights.

Total Cruising Days : 5.00
(Partial or full days)

Total Cruising Time : 18.00 hours

Total Distance : 34.00 miles

Number of Locks : 24

Number of Tunnels : 0

Number of Aqueducts : 0

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Cruising Notes

Day 1

Leaving the marina, you will soon be at Bridge 18, where there is a convenient pub called the Miners Arms, where you can moor up if you wish. There is a beer garden and children are welcome.
Alternatively cruise onto Bridge 25 to Whitley Green Bridge , the 15th century Windmill Inn is 250 yards west of Bridge 25.

It is an hour to here.

Day 2

Today you will encounter your first locks.
Cruising south, the canal meanders through wooded areas, small villages, and a few pubs en route, where you can stop if you wish. Soon you will reach the outskirts of Bollington, a suburb of Macclesfield. Bridge 29 is just south of Bollington, so if you moor along this stretch, there are some pubs – Dog and Partridge -west of Bollington aqueduct and Bridge 27 (garden, children welcome); Holly Bush in Bollington (beer garden), and The Plaice in Bollington(licensed fish restaurant).
It is nearly 2 hours to here from the marina at Lord vernon's Wharf.

If you want to moor up and go into Macclesfield, the best place to moor is near Bridge 37, where you will see a vast old converted mill overlooking the canal. Built in the 1820's, it is the Hovis Mill, where flour was milled. It is now luxury apartments. Pubs in Macclesfield include Dolphin Inn, Navigation, Puss In Boots, and Britannia. All have a garden and children are welcome.

Macclesfield has a rich heritage , and there are 4 museums to explore to discover it, particularly Paradise Mill which takes you back in time to Macclesfield of the early 20th century, with the only working Jacquard silk hand looms in the country in their original location, offering the experience of what it would have been like to be a Macclesfield mill worker. During the second half of the 19th century, the mills were used by several silk and cotton manufacturers. The loom floor contains 26 restored Jacquard looms, along with designers’ and managers’ offices. Today on a guided tour of Paradise Mill, the knowledgeable mill guide will demonstrate various pieces of mill machinery, including the Jacquard loom, whilst telling you more about the industry and the people who worked in it.
It is 1.5 hours to Bridge 37 in Macclesfield from Bridge 25- last nights moorings.

As you leave Macclesfield, you will soon reach the Gurnett Aqueduct, with a pub nearby, the Old Kings Head, with a garden, children welcome.

A little further on is Royal Oak Swing Bridge in Oakgrove, you will see the foothills and mountains of the Pennines, tumbling down towards the canal, which is now quite remote and quiet.

If you have spent some time exploring Macclesfield you may wish to stop here for the night, as you have plenty of time to complete your journey.
It is 1.5 hours to here from Macclesfield.

Day 3

Shortly, you will reach your first locks, Bosley Locks, a flight of 11. At the end of the flight is another small aqueduct, Dane Aqueduct.

Round a large curve, then under the railway viaduct, and soon you will reach the hamlet of Buglawton, a suburb of Congleton, to the right of the canal. There is a pub near here called Robin Hood, which it is claimed, is haunted! It dates from 1787, and was the Court Room, and is south west of bridge 61.

Moving on, you will soon be in Congleton, a busy market town. There are shops, restaurants, walks, cycle routes, and Mow Cop Castle to see. Some of the local pubs are Wharf Inn and Moss Inn, both with gardens, and children and welcome.
Its is 4.5 hours to here.

Day 4 Day 5
It is 9 hours back to the marina, so either spend a long day and then get up early on the last day to complete the rest of your journey, or turn on Day 3 and start the journey home.


NB: This route has been provided as a guide only. Information may become inaccurate or out of date. You should always check with the marina that the route is possible within your time frame, current weather conditions and canal stoppages etc.


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Pub Guide

Pubs available on this canal route:-

  Pub Name Pub Address Distance from Poynton More Info
Dog and Partridge SK10 5JX Full Details
Miners Arms Wood Lane North SK10 4PF Full Details
Old Kings Head SK11 0HD Full Details
Robin Hood Buxton Road, Buglawton CW12 3PE Full Details
Boar Boar's Head Shrigley Road North, Higher Poynton SK12 1TE Full Details
Windmill Inn SK10 5SJ 3.00 Miles Full Details

NB: Distances are as the crow flies and will vary for actual canal boating travel distance.


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