Peak Forest Canal

Cut to convey cargoes of limestone from the quarries of the High Peak in Derbyshire, the Peak Forest, which never actually reached the village which gives it its name, runs from Whaley Bridge, Cheshire, north through Marple to link with the Ashton Canal at Dukinfield near Ashton under Lyne. It was completed in 1804. As a fishery, the section between Whaley Bridge and Marple is in a sorry state, thanks to pollution. A recent experimental netting check over one mile of this section produced just four roach! Below Marple Lock, serious efforts to improve the fishing are being carried out, notably by the Hyde Federation. Re-stocking is taking place and surveys have shown that this section is rich in natural food items for fish. Anglers are already fishing this section and occasional reasonable catches are being reported. Access for visitors is good.

Rod Licence: NWWA