Wrenbury Mill ...

Wrenbury base occupies a delightful wharf on the outskirts of this quiet Cheshire village. It offers you access to the delights of the Llangollen canal, as well as an easy cruise to Chester. Also available is the Four Counties Ring, (see Anderton base) and short breaks.

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Select a route using the colour coded links below

 Whitchurch, Ellesmere or Chirk & return
Pearson’s P3, Nicholson’s N4, Lockmaster L8, Geo G20.

The short breaks from Wrenbury are superb, with plenty of glorious scenery.

3 nights, 10 hours, 20 locks (Whitchurch)

• Grindley Brook has six locks, three as a staircase with a lock-keeper in attendance.

• With several good shops, Whitchurch is very good to either explore, or stock up on supplies.

3 nights, 17 hours, 20 locks (Ellesmere)

• The run into Ellesmere is through an area of outstanding beauty, with a series of Ice-Age lakes known as 'meres' very close to the canal.

4 nights, 26 hours, 24 locks (Chirk)

Towards the Welsh border at Chirk, the country's fine hills come into view and the scenery becomes altogether more dramatic.

 Llangollen & return
Pearson’s P3, Nicholson’s N4, Lockmaster L8, Geo G20.
1 week, 36 hours, 24 locks
Pearson’s 46, Nicholson’s 4, Lockmaster 33
The Llangollen Canal is arguably the most beautiful canal on the whole system and also boasts the striking Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

• Unusually, this canal has a flow of 2mph, so the outbound journey will be slower than the return.

• With time, detour along the Montgomery canal.

• The last locks are at New Marton from where, as it clings to the hillside contours, an enchanting blend of aqueducts and tunnels takes the canal, lock free, to Llangollen.

• Take a steam train ride from Llangollen up the Dee Valley or visit the ruins of Castell Dinas Bran.

(Please note mooring charges apply at Llangollen)

 Chester or Ellesmere Port & return
4 nights or 1 week, 24 hours, 46 locks (Chester)
1 week, 32 hours, 52 locks (Ellesmere Port)
Pearson's P3, Nicholson's N4, Lockmaster L8

A few hours closer to Chester than Anderton, this makes for an excellent midweek break, but take a week to fully appreciate this beautiful city.

 Tiverton or Christleton & return
Pearson’s 46, Nicholson’s 4, Lockmaster 34
3 nights, 13 hours, 28 locks (Tiverton)

From Wrenbury the canal travels down to the Cheshire Plain where open pastures, woodland and hills accompany the wide canal towards Tiverton.

4 nights, 18 hours, 30 locks (Christleton)
With only one lock between Tiverton and Christleton, this is a leisurely cruise, turning before the descent into Chester

 Four Counties Ring

10 - 11 nights, 62 hours, 112 locks
Pearson’s P4
, Nicholson’s N4, Lockmaster L10
The starting point for this ring from Wrenbury Mill is Hurleston Junction, just 4 hours cruising from the marina.

• The scenery on the climb up 'Heartbreak Hill' to the summit at Kidsgrove is fantastic.

• As well as sights of the potteries, such as the Bottle Kilns at Etruria, visit the Wedgwood Pottery Centre at Barlaston (01782 204218 www.thewedgwoodstory.com).

• The National Trust Shugborough Hall is a short walk from moorings at Great Haywood (01889 881388 www.nationaltrust.org.uk).

 Audlem & return
3 nights, 14 hours, 28 locks
Pearson’s P3, Nicholson’s N4, Lockmaster L10

Heading south from Hurleston on the Shropshire Union takes a route through open countryside. With just a few, evenly spaced locks until the foot of the Audlem
flight, this is an extremely relaxing cruise to an attractive village.