Take a look at our route guides below to find your perfect voyage!

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.

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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. 

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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.

1 & 2 Week Voyages

These routes offer a variety of relaxed and very active 1 week voyages, or are a more leisurely route to opt for if you are able to spend a little extra time and complete the route within 10 days to 14 days.  There are many other options if you are looking to get away for more than 2 weeks which we will be happy to help you plan if you are interested in a bespoke route when booking with us. Just let us know what you would like to see and do and we will compile an individual itinerary for you.

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Four Counties Ring

The Four Counties Ring has something for all tastes; a scenic canal route traversing Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire, and the West Midlands.

Glide through picturesque waterways, passing through quaint villages and countryside. Discover the iconic Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent and the historic town of Market Drayton.

Nearby attractions include the impressive Trentham Estate with its stunning gardens & the charming market town of Nantwich, with its timber-framed buildings and market.

Along the route, marvel at engineering marvels like Audlem Lock Flight and the towering Shropshire Union Canal aqueducts.

The Four Counties Ring promises an unforgettable adventure.

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Llangollen Canal & Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Embark on a scenic voyage along the Llangollen Canal to marvel at the awe-inspiring Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Starting your journey, you’ll meander through the tranquil Welsh countryside, passing quaint villages and picturesque landscapes. As you approach the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, prepare to be captivated by its towering arches and breathtaking views over the Dee Valley below.

En route, make a stop at the historic Trevor Basin, where you can explore the fascinating Canal Museum and enjoy refreshments at the cozy Telford Inn. Continuing your adventure, take in the natural beauty of the canal as it winds its way through lush greenery and rolling hills.

Arriving at the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, you’ll have the opportunity to walk or cruise across this UNESCO World Heritage site, experiencing the thrill of gliding over the waterway high above the valley floor.

Whether you’re a seasoned boater or a leisurely traveler, a trip along the Llangollen Canal to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct promises a blend of natural wonders, cultural heritage, and memorable experiences.

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Cheshire Ring

Set sail on an enchanting voyage around the Cheshire Ring, a circular canal route showcasing the idyllic beauty of England’s countryside which then goes through the heart of Manchester. As you journey through serene waterways.  Marvel at the engineering achievements of historic locks and aqueducts that dot the route, including the Marple Aqueduct & Anderton Boat Lift to name just two.

Make a pit stop at welcoming pubs offering hearty meals and local hospitality.

This scenic route promises a delightful blend of natural splendor, cultural heritage, and culinary delights, making it an unforgettable adventure for canal enthusiasts.

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Caldon Canal

A waterway nestled in Staffordshire, offers an escape into nature’s embrace. Spanning 17 miles, this picturesque canal winds through lush landscapes, charming villages, and historic sites. Starting in Stoke-on-Trent, it meanders through the scenic Churnet Valley, passing under quaint stone bridges and through picturesque locks. Alongside the canal, the Churnet Valley Railway, a heritage steam railway, chugs its way through the countryside, offering nostalgic rides with stunning views. Canalside pubs, like The Hollybush Inn in Denford and The Black Lion in Consall, beckon travelers with their warm hospitality and delicious fare. Whether you’re admiring the industrial heritage at Etruria or savoring a pint at a cozy pub, the Caldon Canal promises a peaceful retreat, where time slows down, and nature’s beauty reigns supreme.

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