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Things to do in Whaley Bridge

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Discover the best attractions and activities that Whaley Bridge has to offer

Whaley is a fantastic tourist destination in the UK, with an array of attractions to visit and things to do throughout the year.

You will find a number of things to do in Whaley Bridge. The 15-mile Peak Forest Canal begins (or ends) in the village of Whaley Bridge, and walkers can follow this trail all the way to Ashton-under-Lyne, taking in some of the beautiful scenery and fantastic historical monuments along the way. The Bugsworth Basin is one such monument; once the largest and busiest inland port on the canal system, it is now the only one of its kind left intact. For more outdoor attractions in Whaley Bridge, head to the calm Combs Reservoir and walk the 2-mile circular route around it or climb to the top of isolated gritstone hill, Eccles Pike.


Photo of the Bugsworth Basin courtesy of Mike Peel 

Combs Reservoir image by: Dr Duncan PepperCCSA 2.0

Eccles Pike image by: Bob ProphetCCSA 2.0

  • Bugsworth Basin

    Bugsworth Basin

    The only example of a complete canal and tramway terminus still intact in Britain, the Bugsworth Basin is today a popular spot for both boaters and walkers.

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  • Combs Reservoir

    This walk takes you around Combs Reservoir near Chapel-en-le-Frith on the edge of the Peak District National Park. For an adventure, follow the shoreline footpath towards the village of Combs.

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  • Eccles Pike

    Eccles Pike is an isolated hill three miles to the west of Chapel en le Frith. Follow footpaths through the countryside where there are fabulous views to be seen over the Peak District.

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  • Millennium Walkway

    A recently built 160-metre-long aerial walkway that sits to one side of the Torrs Gorge, often described as ‘the steel spider web’.

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  • Whaley Bridge

    The Peak Forest Canal

    Reaching 15-miles in length from Whaley Bridge to Ashton-under-Lyne. Not just popular with boaters, the Peak Forest Canal also provides a much-loved scenic route for walkers who can view two Scheduled Ancient Monuments along the way, the Marple Aqueduct and the Bugsworth Basin.

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