Canal Repairs - Towpath closed

Date: 7th November 2019
Published by: Admin

The Canal and River Trust has started work to repair the Macclesfield Canal at Bollington, Cheshire, spending nearly £1 million refurbishing a section of the 200-year-old canal.

In order to carry out the important repairs, the canal between bridges 26 and 27 will be drained of water. An 80-metre section of the canal bed will then be re-lined with a concrete liner and repairs to the wash walls will be undertaken. The work is expected to be completed by March 2020.

The towpath is now closed between bridge 26 and Clarence Mill Footbridge throughout the works with diversions in place. Access to Clarence Mill will still be available.

map of the towpath closure


26.3.2020 We are unable to complete the towpath works at the Palmerston Street Embankment due to the current Government restrictions and guidelines, which have affected supplies.

The towpath will remain closed until further notice.

Please also be aware boats are not permitted to moor between Bridges 26, Sugar Lane Bridge and 26A, Clarence Mill Footbridge.

Please follow advice on the Trust’s website:

06/03/2020 11:59

Repairs to Palmerston Street Embankment are going well and canal navigation will re-open at 4pm, Friday 13 March as planned, however the towpath will remain closed to carry out the remaining works until 4pm, Friday 3 April.

We politely request no mooring between Bridges 26, Sugar Lane Bridge and 26A, Clarence Mill Footbridge to allow our contractors to safely carry out their works.

Access to Clarence Mill, via the towpath, will be maintained from the east for the duration of the works.

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