The stretch of towpath between bridge number 17, which carries Station Road over the canal, and Lock 8 is perhaps best know for its magnificent beech trees. In autumn these wonderful trees provide a truly magnificent spectacle.
Fabulous beech trees in autumn.
There is a sluice running between Lock 8 and Lock 7 pounds that contains a V-shaped channel. The purpose of this was to measure the rate of water flow, which was proportionate to the height reached by the water in the V.
The original stone bridge is still under the concrete
The view looking towards Bridge number 17 and Lock 9 has not changed enormously since the canal was first built, although the bridge itself has been widened and is no longer as attractive when approaching from Lock 8 pound. The picture below showing this scene was scanned from an old image in the Local History Society archives taken by Arthur Hulme in 1950.
Lock 9 on the Peak Forest Canal in 1950.