(for the total return trip)
Museum of Science and Industry | The Lowry | Old Trafford
Barton Swing Aqueduct
Little Moreton Hall | Mow Cop | Harecastle Tunnel
The Macclesfield Canal and the Peak Forest Canal will be will be closed from Friday 24th June, 2022 due to water shortages. It is anticipated that these canals will remain closed for several weeks, the Canal & River Trust cannot confirm re-open dates yet.
This means that it will not be possible to cruise the Cheshire Ring (Route C) at this time.
There are plenty of other cruising routes available, including the Four Counties Ring, return trips to Manchester, Liverpool or Chester and along the Llangollen Canal.
The Cheshire Ring canal boat hire from the Black Prince Holidays Cheshire hire base in Cheshire is a two week long narrowboat cruise of around five to eight hours per day
After leaving our base, you will cruise northwards over the Bridgewater Canal, originally built to transport coal to Manchester on the command of the Duke of Bridgewater. It once carried three million tonnes of traffic as a vital part of industrial England, but in the last 35 years has primarily existed as a leisure waterway.
You will travel lock-free to Manchester, where the canals are currently undergoing improvement work. Manchester itself offers a mixture of historical landmarks, from the old cotton mills near the city centre to the Manchester Town Hall, one of the most prominent Victorian buildings in the country. The city is also surrounded by six local nature reserves.
As well as cultural areas of interest, Manchester is the ideal location to spend an afternoon and evening, with a plethora of places to shop, eat, drink and relax as well as a range of activities for all of the family.
After spending some time in Manchester, you cruise into the Peak District on the Macclesfield Canal, with its pretty stone villages including Bollington, Adlington and Higher Poynton. Bollington is known locally as The Happy Valley, and its most famous landmark is the White Nancy, built in 1817 to commemorate the battle of Waterloo.
Adlington is a small village, which boasts Adlington Hall, a country house originally constructed in the 13th century.
Just north of The Peak District, you meet the Trent & Mersey Canal before travelling through the many locks to Middlewich. Middlewich, once famous for its salt, Cheshire cheese and silk production, is now best known for its canals, with three passing through the town. In recent years it has also seen an increase in tourism, with the town hosting an annual Folk and Boat festival, Roman and Norman festivals, and a host of farmer’s markets.