Macclesfield Canal

Conceived as an alternative link between Manchester and the Mid-lands for cargoes of cotton and coal, this canal, completed in 1831 (a late date as canals go), extends from Marple in Cheshire to Kidsgrove, Staffs where it joins the Trent and Mersey at Hardings Wood junction. En route, the canal passes through Bollington, Macclesfield and Congleton, skirting the Peak District in its upper reaches. At one time, it had a more than fair reputation for specimen roach and in the late 50s Albert Oldfield, a well-known local specimen hunter, enjoyed a nation-wide reputation as the captor of numbers of roach over the coveted weight of 2 lb from this canal. Little has been heard of fish of this quality in recent times. The same goes for the pike of 20 lb and more which used to be reported. Bream have been noted in the Bollington reaches and the Bosley section has been stocked with chub. The most productive section recently has been that lying between Macclesfield and the junction with the Peak Forest Canal at Marple. Local angling officials describe the future outlook as encouraging. Access for visitors is reasonably good. Apart from the ticket sections, one controlling association. North Staffordshire AA, welcomes season members. Rod Licence: NWWA Macclesfield, CheshireC9 miles from Buxton Road, Macclesfield to Robin Hood, CongletonLB DT:BorATS

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