See historic towns
Kennet Avon Canal
Take a canal boat
Take canal locks
up and down hills
Stop at peaceful
pubs and villages
Four Counties Ring
Anderton Lift: built 1875 to lower boats between the canal and the river below
Manchester: shops, industrial heritage, arts, music, media, Museum of Science and Industry, Old Trafford, Granada Studios
Marple: scenic lock flight and high aqueduct over the River Goyt
Macclesfield Silk Museum
Little Moreton Hall: 15th century timber framed and moated manor house
Middlewich: Lion Salt Works
Read what some of our previous clients say about the Cheshire Ring.
"The service was excellent. The boat was ready to go when we arrived and once the boat had been tied up at the end of the trip, there was no leftover paperwork to be completed. We literally got straight out of the boat into the car for the journey home. Very impressive."
"As novices with a canal boat and only having a week we restricted ourselves to the short route Acton to Chester and return. We found this well within our capabilities (average age of crew was 72) with pleasant rural scenery, and interesting small towns. At the time - May - the route was quiet with little traffic so that waiting time at locks or tunnels was minimal. Can be recommended as a short, pleasant, undemanding route."
"We enjoyed it so much we are contemplating doing another trip next year, with some friends. Also, I was very impressed when I was booking the holiday by the fact that the bookings people suggested alternative dates when my original dates (and boat) were not available. It had to be the least stressful way I've booked a holiday in a long time."
I would recomend this route to any newcomer to canal boating. The holiday was thoroughly enjoyed by everybody in our party including the kids. We hope to do another canal trip later in the year with my parents to introduce them to the pleasures of canal boating.
"We met up with friends and had a very enjoyable week-end. We found the boat very cosy and everything seemed well-arranged. We found being able to arrange things via email/using web-sites etc. Very much less hassle than mail and phone calls and would certainly do it again.
Explore boat bases, places of interest and canal features using our interactive Google Map. Zoom into the map using your mouse or the map controls, view the roads or as a satellite map, or combine together for a hybrid view. Please note that due to the complex route the redraw speed can be slowed.
Click on the boat bases for a description of the boating routes from that base. You can get driving instructions to that base from your home. There are also links to websites about the places of interest.