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safe moorings from Marple to Manchester

We intend going along the Macclesfield canal to Marple junction, where do we moor between there and Manchester centre and beyond?

Asked by: Robert Bush  | 4.18pm, Thursday 21 January

WW says:

The Lower Peak Forest Canal, from Marple through Hyde, is generally safe and you shouldn't have problems finding a mooring. You can moor near Portland Basin overnight before tackling the Ashton.
At the top of the locks on the Ashton, the new Droylsden Marina may be able to offer overnight secure mooring: call them on 0161 330 3133 for details.
Mooring amid the Ashton's 18 locks is not recommended. Between the bottom lock and Ducie Street Junction with the Rochdale, you'll see a private-looking basin on the left as part of a redbrick housing development. This is actually open to visiting boaters and you can moor securely here overnight. Bear in mind, though, that this security comes from pass-codes to the entrance gates, so you'll have to ask a resident for the code (they're usually obliging once you've tied up). If it comes to it, you could vault the entrance barrier!
Alternatively, Ducie Street Basin on the Rochdale, just past the junction, also offers secure city centre mooring.
When you're through the Rochdale Nine and onto the Bridgewater Canal, Castlefields - Manchester's canal centre - is a safe and attractive place to moor. From then on, though you could moor in Sale and Altrincham, most people continue out to the countryside, tying up by the lovely village of Little Bollington where there is plenty of mooring space - and a good pub!

Richard Fairhurst  | 11.25AM, Monday 25 January

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