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Select a route using the colour coded links below

 River Weaver Via Anderton Boat Lift
4 nights, 16 hours, 10 locks
Pearson’s P5 Nicholson’s N4, Lockmaster L5
With the re-opening of the Anderton boat lift in Spring 2002, a whole new navigation is open for exploration from the Anderton base.
A stunning feat of 19th Century engineering, the lift carries two boats at a time hydraulically, one up and one down.

• Centre of the Cheshire salt-making region, the River Weaver has a wealth of history, including the Salt Museum at Northwich (01606 41331

• Head south to the head of the navigation and the Winsford Flash lakes, one of the many wildlife havens on the river.


 Lymm & Return
3 nights, 20 hours, 2 locks
Cruise above the picturesque River Weaver and its valley, where the only lock has a drop of just six inches! Preston Brook has a tunnel of nearly a mile and there are also two shorter ones on this route.

 Chester or Ellesmere Port & Return
1 week, 32 hours, 44 locks (Chester)
1 week, 40 hours, 52 locks (Ellesmere Port)
Pearson’s P3, Nicholson’s N4, Lockmaster L8

On this popular countryside route, the locks are well spaced for easy cruising.

Mooring in Chester is within easy reach of the walled city centre with its medieval ‘rows’ (TIC 01244 402111

Chester Zoo is just a short walk from the canal (01244 380280

The fascinating Boat Museum (0151 355 5017 at Ellesmere Port beyond Chester, near to the junction with the Manchester Ship Canal.

 Froghall & Return
1 week, 50 hours, 104 locks
Pearson’s P4, Nicholson’s N4, Lockmaster L10

After stopping for the first night at Middlewich, this cruise is through the heart of the Potteries.

Entertain the family for the day at Alton Towers (08705 204060, just 8 miles from the end of the Leek canal arm - ask for details of taxis.

 Four Counties Ring

10 - 11 nights, 62 hours, 102 locks
Pearson’s P4, Nicholson’s N4, Lockmaster L10

Accessible from both Anderton and Wrenbury Mill, this varied landscape offers a most civilised adventure.

 Tarleton & Return

1 week, 50 hours, 34 locks (Max 60ft boats)
Heading North of the Cheshire Ring the scenery is varied, frequently rural and often spectacular.

Cross the Manchester Ship Canal at the impressive Barton Swing Aqueduct.

The cottages and dry dock of Burscough Junction now form a sleepy gateway to the Rufford Arm.

 Bingley & Return

2 weeks, 106 hours, 134 locks (Max 60ft boats)
This section of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal is extremely
beautiful, with many large sections of easy, lock free cruising through the wide-open moorland of rural Pendle. If just two people are cruising, it is best to share the large double locks with another boat if possible.

A more comfortable turning point for a fortnight cruise is the appealing market town of Skipton

 The South Pennine Ring

3 weeks, 124 hours, 227 locks (Max 58ft boats)
Nicholson's N5 covers the whole ring, therefore including the two routes detailed above
The newly restored Huddersfield Narrow Canal crosses the Pennines to complete the fantastic South Pennine Ring.

At 5698 yards, the Standedge Tunnel is the longest in Britain - the passage requires pre-booking (01484 844298).

East of Huddersfield the canal is wider and the locks are shorter, so the maximum length of boat to complete this new circuit is 58ft.

 Wheelock / Heartbreak Hill & Return

3-4 nights, 14 hours, 18 locks (Wheelock)
This route winds through the delightful valley of the River Dane.

Explore the start of Heartbreak Hill and see the variety of wildfowl and wading birds that this peaceful and unspoilt stretch attracts.

With a few turning points on the way up the hill, this gives you the chance to choose how far you explore, depending on time available and enthusiasm for locks

 The Cheshire Ring  
1 week, 49 hours, 92 locks -
Pearson’s P5, Nicholson’s N5, Lockmaster L5

The route starts following alongside the enchanting River Weaver for a number of hours.

Moor at Castlefields to explore the city of Manchester, including Trafford Park, home of ‘Man U’ (0161 868 8626, the huge
Arndale shopping centre and the Science & Industry Museum (0161 832 1830

Enjoy glorious scenery as the Pennine Range overlooks the canal and, if time allows, detour along the Peak forest canal to its terminus.

Beeston or Nantwich & Return

3 nights, 18 hours, 16 locks (Nantwich)
3 nights, 21 hours, 16 locks (Beeston)
Pearson’s P3, Nicholson’s N4, Lockmaster L32 or L33

Easy cruising south from Anderton with splendid scenery and good pubs. The lovely medieval town of Nantwich, with its distinctive black and white architecture, is a brisk 1/4 hour walk from the canal.