Canal trips

New Mills is located on the Peak Forest Canal, one of Britain’s most scenic waterways. It is possible to explore the Peak Forest Canal in both directions by boat or on foot along well maintained tow paths. For much of its length, the canal runs alongside the pretty River Goyt. Both the canal and the river are havens for plants and wildlife. The nature reserve of Goytside Meadows is home to a stunning variety of wild flowers. It is the perfect base for moorers and those who wish to holiday in a quiet, idyllic spot.

The Peak Forest Canal was opened in 1800 and built to transport limestone from the quarries of Derbyshire. It boasts two Scheduled Ancient Monuments in its 15-mile length – the grand, three-arch Marple Aqueduct and the historic Bugsworth Basin.

For a special day out you can hire an electric boat from New Mills Marina, It is fully fitted with a hob, kettle, fridge and microwave, and radio with speakers throughout the boat. Takes up to 10 people for a fabulous day out.

Cruise towards Whaley Bridge (3 hours return including exploring Bugsworth Basin) or head for Marple Junction (4.5 hours return). Both routes are lock free.

For more information and to book, visit ABC Day Boat Hire.

New Mills marina
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