Wigan and Return – Nature Spotters Paradise
(for the total return trip)
Based near Northwich, our Cheshire Acton Bridge hire base is a great place for exploring a number of routes with canal boat hire. Travelling north, you meet the canal where it all started – the Bridgewater Canal, which takes your narrowboat lock-free to Manchester. From there you can travel to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, or continue on the Cheshire Ring via the Peak Forest and Macclesfield.
Bartington Wharf, Warrington Road, Bartington, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 4QU
For boat hire guests departing from our Acton Bridge base and wanting to cruise the Four Counties Ring it is necessary to book slots for passage through the Harecastle tunnel. Slots are available for seven days a week, from 8 am until 5 pm. We will send you details on how to reserve your slot prior to your holiday.
For guests wishing to cruise the Cheshire Ring, there are restrictions to two lock flights that mean that your route will need to be carefully planned. The team at your base can help you plan your route to ensure that you meet these times.
To make sure that the limited water that is available lasts for as long as possible, the Canal & River Trust are reducing the use of the lock flights on the Macclesfield Canal and Peak Forest Canal from Monday 3 April 2023.
Bosley Lock Flight (Macclesfield Canal) – open Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
Open from 8:30am to allow passage through the flight. Last boat entry to the flight will be at 1pm, and all boats must have exited the flight by 4pm.
Marple Lock Flight (Peak Forest Canal) – open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
Open from 8:30am to allow passage through the flight. Last boat entry to the flight will be at 12 noon, and all boats must have exited the flight by 4pm.
Both Lock Flights will be closed on Fridays to help the summit water levels to recover ahead of the weekend demand.
Below are the boat types that are available to hire from this base. When you start your holiday search all the boat options and dates that closely match your desired departure date and party number will be presented to you.
SEE BOAT AVAILABILITY
START DAYS: SAT 2.30PM – TUES 2.30PM
Princess 2 – Princess 4 – Duchess 4 – Shakespeare 4 – Princess 6 Signature – Duchess 6 – Duchess 8
START DAYS: FRI 2.30PM – MON 2.30PM
Holly Bush Inn, Little Leigh, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 4QY Tel. 01606 853196
Double Room £48.50 Single Room £43.50 Breakfast £6.50
Happy Guests Lodge, Tarporley Road, Dutton, Cheshire, WA4 4EZ Tel. 01928 790824
Double Room £49.95 Single Room £44.95 Price includes breakfast and free WiFi
National Rail Enquiries:
www.nationalrail.co.ukTel: 08457 484950
www.thetrainline.comTel: 0871 244 1545
Manchester International Tel. 0161 489 3000
Nearest Railway Station: Acton Bridge/Hartford
Mark Lacking, up to 7 passengers
Mike Eves, up to 4 passengers
Good shopping facilities and a petrol station are within a short distance to the base. The Leigh Arms is next to the swing bridge (see How to Find Us – Car) and offers lunches and evening meals.
FLYING INTO LONDON
From Heathrow airport get the London underground tube train to Euston station.
From Gatwick airport get the Gatwick Express to London Victoria station, then get a London underground tube train to Euston station.
From Stanstead airport get the London underground tube train to Euston station.
From Euston get a train to Crewe or Runcorn then change for Hartford.
Visit www.tfl.gov.uk to plan your route on the London Underground.
FLYING INTO MANCHESTER
Get a train to Manchester Picadilly station, then a train to Liverpool Lime Street, then change for Acton Bridge.
HOW TO FIND US BY CAR
Acton Bridge is situated beside the A49 (Warrington to Whitchurch road). This is 4 miles south of Junction 10 on the M56 and 300 yards north of the swing bridge crossing the River Weaver.
Call today on ++44 (0)1527 575 115 and a Black Prince team member will be happy to help!
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