This lofty beauty lacks the recognition it deserves.
Its single high brick arch carries the Macclesfield Canal high over the River Dane beneath Bosley Locks. Boaters will clock thje embankment but few dice with death and risk broken bones to reach the waters edge and view it from its finest perspective.
This is an impressive aqueduct by any standard. All the more so because it has stood empty for the last 60 years but seems as good as the day it was built, patiently awaiting the restoration of the canal.
For the time being it serves as a very handy bridge over the Irwell for walkers and cyclists wanting to enter the adjoining parkland.
Update: I visited Marple Aqueduct on 12th April 2010 and grabbed the opportunity to take some photo's before the foliage obscrued what view there was. This is a near impossible aqueduct to photograph hence the montage approach.
A 105 yard masonry aqueduct, constructed by Benjamin Outram between 1794 and 1800 carrying the Peak Forest Canal 90 feet over the River Goyt on three graceful arches.
The structure is innovative in a number of ways, with its oval base piers being made of red sandstone sourced from the nearby Hyde Bank Quarry, and the upper sections using white masonry. The upper sections borrowed a construction technique from William Edwards in the shape of spandrills (drills through the spans!) piercing the haunches of the arches, reducing the weight of masonry.
The end result is a hugely elegant structure fully justifying its status as an Ancient Monument.
As at Chirk, a later railway viaduct runs parallel all but slightly higher than the canal aqueduct, detracting from its grandeur but even so, it has rightly been described as one of the finest monuments to the canal age.