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Hatherlow Aqueduct On Peak Forest Canal - Chadkirk, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 24.617 W 002° 05.617
30U E 560249 N 5918294
Quick Description: This single arch bridge carries the Peak Forest Canal over a minor road, Chadkirk Road.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/24/2019 12:08:36 PM
Waymark Code: WM10EM5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:

The Peak Forest Canal
It is a narrow canal constructed between 1794 and 1805 and is fourteen miles long. It connects Buxworth with Dukinfield where it joins the Ashton Canal. The main purpose of the canal was to transport limestone from quarries above Buxworth. There are sixteen locks near the town of Marple that raise the canal a height of 210 feet in a distance of 1 mile.

The advent of the railways and later modern roads led to the decline of the canal and it fell into disuse between 1920 and 1960. An upsurge in leisure boat use led to the canal being restored and reopened in 1974.

The Aqueduct
At this point the canal is on a high embankment and so the aqueduct is needed to carry the canal across the road. There is a sign on the road side of the aqueduct indicating that the height of the bridge is 5ft 3 inches high.
Height of bridge: 5ft 3 in

What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Boats on the canal, and pedestrians and cyclists on the towpath

What kind of gap does this bridge cross?:
Chadkirk Road

Is the bridge still in service for its original purpose?: Yes

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Peak Forest Canal

Chadkirk, Greater Manchester

Length of bridge: Not listed

Date constructed: Not listed

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