(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.
PLEASE NOTE: There are restrictions on certain routes during the 2022 season on Black Prince holidays, please see below for details.
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 Macclesfield Canal and the Peak Forest Canal will be will be closed from Friday 24th June 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.
You can read more detailed information here, but in summary this news means that it will not be possible to cruise the Cheshire Ring 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.
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.