(for the total return trip)
Based near Northwich, our Cheshire Acton Bridge canal boat hire base is a great place for exploring this beautifully scenic area. Travelling north, you can cruise the canal where it all started – the Bridgewater Canal, which takes your narrowboat lock-free to Manchester. The canal is wide and relaxed, perfect for first timers and those that love getting away from it all in a pretty rural location.
More experienced boaters can continue their journey to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and visit the home of the Beatles, Liverpool, or complete the Four Counties Ring, an amazing trip over 141 miles. You can also enjoy cruises to the historic town of Chester or head south to the Llangollen Canal into Wales.
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.
The Cheshire Ring is currently unavailable to cruise in 2023 because of lock closures one the Macclesfield and Peak Forest canals. This is due to lack of water.
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.
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
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.