Canals of North West England

canals of northern EnglandUsing the canals of North West England, you could cruise the Cheshire Ring in a week – this offers a mix of rural and urban boating, including the south end of the Pennines, the Cheshire plains and the pretty Marple locks.

To the west of Manchester, the crew can put their feet up on a thirty mile stretch with only one lock. Alternatively, a cruise to the historic city of Chester, with its Roman walls and zoo make a pleasant and varied holiday.

Really relaxing and totally rural canals in this region include the Caldon and Macclesfield canals. Highlights close to these canals are Little Moreton Hall, a 15th century half-timbered building in the care of the National Trust, the Macclesfield Silk Museum and the enchanted Churnet Valley.

To the west of the area, the Shropshire Union Canal runs up to the Roman city of Chester with its famous zoo.

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