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
Stoke-on-Trent: former National Garden Festival leisure area, bus service to Pottery factories and museums, Etruria Industrial Museum, moor at Wedgwood Visitor Centre
Stone market town
Shugborough Hall: interior, grounds, rare breeds farm
Gailey Round House
Market Drayton: historic town, ancient Wednesday market
Nantwich: half-timbered buildings
Harecastle Tunnel: built 1827 to replace the original 1777 tunnel which had no towpath - boatmen had to 'leg it' by lying on the boat roof and 'walking' the boat through - horses walked over the top.
Read what some of our previous clients say about the Four Counties Ring.
"Followed the Four Counties ring travelling Northwards first. Found Stone the best small town for replenishing supplies. Canal very handy for shops, banks etc. We appreciated the speed of communication with you. Booking was very simple and straightforward. We had not used E-mail to book a holiday before."
"We have been very impressed by the way to enjoy holidays in narrow boats. We would like to visit England again to travel the cannals with a narrowboat when our kids grow big."
"We were very pleased with the excellent facilities within the canal boat, and its clean and tidy condition. The staff were all very friendly, and were understanding when we managed to block the toilet by putting kitchen towel down it! We were also given a good crash course in how to handle the boat."
"We followed the Caldon Canal down both its arms, and then spent our last day going up to the Harecastle tunnel. We enjoyed all the route, but particularly Consall Forge, Froghall and the Harecastle tunnel."
"The Four Counties Ring offered a nice variety of beautiful English countryside, and we enjoyed it very much."
"Great Heywood to Trevor - it was a good choice, since there was enough time to learn the basics of handling the boat before hitting the day with 25 locks to be done. It was great having the major aqueducts and tunnels at the end, when the boat handling had become somewhat second nature, as well as having Llangollen to visit after turning the boat back."
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.
Google Map of the Four Counties Ring