|Suggested route options
There are a choice of cruise options from one week or more to short breaks of 2, 3 or 4 nights aboard 'Lazy Days'. All maps will be provided for use on your voyage and here's a taster of what is waiting for you on the waterways.
Please click on the route name for more details.
One Week Cruises:
- The Cheshire Ring:
Middlewich Big Lock
Brindley Mill and Museum
Salford Quay and River Irwell
Tameside Heritage Museum
- Caldon Canal
Consall Nature Park and Wild Life Sanctuary
Churnet Valley Railway
Hayes Country Park
Etruria Bone and Flint Mill
Two Week Cruises:
The Four Counties Ring:
(or 1 very strenuous week)
Gailey Round Hill
The Leicester Ring:
Abbey Pumping Station Museum
Hillmorton Paired Locks
Leicester Mile Straight
Braunston Tunne, Locks and Village
Foxton Locks, Inclined Plane and Museum
|The Cheshire Ring
- a strenuous 8 hours a day, 128 miles, 118 locks through the Harecastle
Tunnel on the Trent & Mersey Canal. Join the Macclesfield Canal at
Hardings Wood Junction past the Peak National Park with breathtaking scenery.
Then the Peak Forest Canal and the Ashton Canal. Cruise through the
wide locks of the Rochdale Nine and the heart of Manchester Night Life. The
Bridgewater Canal is adjacent to the Manchester Ship Canal and you will pass
through the infamous Anderton Lift. Local attractions include Little Moreton
Hall, Museum of Science and Industry, Dunham Massey Hall and Paradise Hill -
just a few attractions to be found on this picturesque adventure cruise in the
Derbyshire and Cheshire countryside.
- if you have time to spare, why not book the boat for 2 weeks and have a more relaxing holiday, with time to stop and explore whenever you fancy.
The Four Counties Ring
One week -
cruising a strenuous 9 hours a day, 120 miles, 108 locks. You will travel through the counties of Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire and Shropshire for
the ultimate holiday experience.
Sights such as the Harecastle Tunnel (where the canal water is orange) to the
26 locks of Heartbreak Hill make this adventure truly stunning. Visitor
Attractions include Shugborough Hall, Trentham Gardens, Wedgwood Visitor
Centre, to name but a few.
Two weeks -
a more sedate 6 hours a day taking in the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on
the Llangollen Canal, 198 miles, 143 locks. The Llangollen Canal and
breathtaking scenery of Wales: experience the dramatic splendor of the
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. This monument of early engineering is quite spectacular
and spans an incredible distance of 1,007 feet long by 126 feet wide. Horseshoe Falls, Llangollen Steam Railway, Valle Crucis Abbey, Chirk
Castle and Shropshire's Lake District are just a few of the sights to take in
whilst cruising the picturesque Welsh Canals. The return journey allows a second chance to enjoy the breathtaking scenery
before we join the Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal. Cruise onto Norbury
Junction, once the outlet for the Shrewsbury Newport and Trent Branches of the
Shropshire Union Canal system. Turn onto the Staffordshire and
Worcestershire Canal at Autherley Junction and take in the local attractions of
Shrugborough Hall and County Museum.Then cruise northerly on the Trent and
Mersey Canal to join the Caldon Canal.
The Caldon Canal
One week - cruising a leisurely 3 hours a
day 42 miles, 34 locks. This is a leisurely cruise through the picturesque
Churnet Valley which takes in 25 miles of narrow canals, one aqueduct, 3 lift
bridges and one tunnel. Travel to many of the tourist attractions of Stoke on
Trent without the hassle of parking and traffic congestion. Alton Towers Theme
Park, Consall Nature Park and Wild Life Sanctuary, Devils' Staircase,
Waterworld, Etruria Bone and Flint Mill are just some of the visitor
attractions which can be visited along the canal. For waterway attractions look
no further than the Bedford Staircase Locks, Hazlehurst Junction and Aqueduct,
Rudyard Reservoir and the Leek Branch of the Caldon Canal. If time permits
travel south onto the Trent and Mersey Canal to Barlaston and Stone to enjoy
wide beam canals.
The Leicester Ring
- cruising a
moderate 7 hours a day, 229 miles, 156 locks. Cruising a moderate 7 hours a
day, 229 miles, 156 locks. The Leicester Ring takes in scenery of
Staffordshire, Leicestershire and Birmingham. Cruising southerly down the Trent
and Mersey Canal through Great Haywood and onto Fradley Junction. We turn to Burton on Trent and join the canalised River Soar onto Leicester and its
Cathedral. Foxton Locks is 2 staircases of 5 locks each and the Watford Locks
are 7 narrow locks with 4 locks in a staircase are just the tip of the iceberg
for waterway attractions. Visitor attractions include John Taylor-Bell Foundry,
Great Central Steam Railway, Shardlow and Coventry Cathedral. Or enjoy shopping
in Leicester and Coventry. We turn at Norton Junction onto the Oxford Canal and
Coventry Canal and rejoin the Trent and Mersey Canal at Fradley Junction for
our homeward journey.
3-4 nights To Barlaston & Back - 6 hours
a day, 40 miles, 42 locks.
Towers Alternative - 6 hours a day, 36 miles, 16 locks - miss
the traffic queues into Alton Towers. Spend the day on white knuckle rides at
the park and then unwind cruising back to the Caldon
From Base to Leek & return - 6 hours a day,
26 miles lock-free.
Duck" - 5 hours a day, 20 miles, 20 locks - stop off for
Hanley's nightlife after a days shopping in the Potteries Centre.
Anniversary Special - book a table at a
waterside restaurant for a romantic dinner, then cruise the Caldon Canal with
your loved one.
- a real girlie treat which separates the women from the girls, sample the
delights of local food and drink from waterside restaurants and
These are just a few of the cruise options available to you. Of course you don't have to cruise around a ring and may prefer to do an 'out & back' trip, possibly combining some of the short break options shown or plan your own route. All you need to remember is that you will need to be on your way back half way through your holiday so that you can bring the boat back in on time.
If you would like further advice particularly if you are unsure of the route to take if you are new to narrowboating, please contact us and we will be able to offer suggestions.