Explore our routes that are best suited to a short break away onboard your own narrowboat.

Short Breaks

Routes that are ideal for 3 to 4 days cruising, or for a very leisurely paced 1 week cruise if you would like more time to explore the surroundings and attractions around the canal on foot, or would just like a few days in the countryside to relax away from it all.

For longer holiday routes then check out our 1 to 2 week voyages!


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The Middlewich Arm of the Shropshire Union Canal covers 10 miles from Middlewich to Barbridge. Taking in some breathtaking scenery with idyllic mooring locations that have the advantage of views of lovely countryside in every direction. Coupled with some amazing pubs and restaurants to stop at it is a true gem of the waterways.  The Barbridge Inn at Barbridge, and The Badger in Church Minshull are two of our favourites pubs to visit and we are sure you will enjoy them as well. 

Anderton Boat Lift

Anderton Boat Lift

The Anderton Boat Lift is considered one of the wonders of the waterways and a true piece of Victorian Engineering Ingenuity.  The lift takes boats from the Trent and Mersey Canal and elevates or descends (depending on your direction of travel) around 50 feet.  The Anderton Boat Lift was restored in 2000 and has been operating continuously since and still does to this day. You can transit the boat lift with a boat when you hire from us and experience the magic for yourself!



Chester is a historic city nestled in the northwest of England. It’s famous for its well-preserved medieval walls, picturesque Tudor-style buildings, and charming cobbled streets. The city’s rich history dates back to The Roman Empire, with landmarks like the ancient Roman amphitheater and the iconic Chester Cathedral. Visitors can explore the unique “Rows,” a series of covered walkways lined with shops and cafes, offering a blend of traditional and modern experiences. Chester is also known for its vibrant cultural scene, with events, festivals, and a thriving arts community. With its blend of history, architecture, and culture, Chester offers a delightful mix of old-world charm and contemporary flair.

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Embark on a scenic canal journey from Middlewich to Kidsgrove, tackling the challenging Cheshire Flight of Locks, affectionately known as Heartbreak Hill. Navigate the picturesque Trent and Mersey Canal, surrounded by lush countryside and wildlife sightings. Stop at charming pubs like The Bleeding Wolf in Scholar Green for hearty meals and local hospitality. Admire landmarks like the Red Bull Aqueduct, offering stunning views over the Trent & Mersey Canal. This historic route blends natural beauty, engineering marvels, and culinary delights for an unforgettable adventure.  If time permits then take a trip through the Harecastle Tunnel. A brilliant piece of Victorian Engineering and pure determination.

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Manchester City Centre

Fancy an  adventure through the waterways of Manchester City Centre? Why not immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and fascinating attractions. Cruise along the city centre canals, marveling at the architectural wonders and historical landmarks that dot the route. Explore the bustling heart of the city and discover the iconic Manchester Cathedral, a magnificent testament to medieval architecture. Take a stroll through the streets lined with trendy shops, cafes, and restaurants, offering a mix of traditional and modern experiences. Immerse yourself in the dynamic cultural scene with its thriving arts community and a calendar filled with exciting festivals and events. From its rich history to its contemporary flair, Manchester City Centre offers a truly unforgettable experience for canal boat holiday enthusiasts. Contact us now to plan your perfect boating adventure through this vibrant urban oasis.

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Nantwich & Market Drayton

Looking for a charming and relaxing getaway? Look no further than Nantwich and Market Drayton! Embark on a picturesque journey through the beautiful countryside aboard our canal boats. As you navigate the tranquil waters, you’ll discover idyllic mooring locations with breathtaking views in every direction. And when it’s time to replenish your energy, be sure to visit the incredible pubs and restaurants that line the canal. Two of our favorites include The Barbridge Inn at Barbridge and The Badger in Church Minshull. Rest assured, they will leave you thoroughly satisfied! Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, Nantwich and Market Drayton offer something for everyone. Immerse yourself in the magic of these stunning destinations and experience an unforgettable holiday aboard our boats.

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