Canal Boat Hire in Ellesmere Port
Useful information for your boating holiday
The Middlewich Branch will be repaired before the start of the 2019 season! :-)
Important Information - Please Read
You may have already heard? ...but there has been an unfortunate structural problem with the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire union canal... we are hoping that the Canal & River Trust will resolve this quickly, though it is likely to take months and not weeks to resolve. This does mean that access to Nantwich, Chester, Llangollen and the fully completed Four Counties Ring is prevented until they do.... unfortunately this is outside of our control. We are expecting the 2019 season to be uneffected.
However, the canal holiday world does not only involve these routes! ...there is still lots of adventure and expereince on our other amazing canals which you can still explore! ....Marple, Macclesfield Canal, Peak Forest Canal, Lymm and onward to Castlefield and the amazing Manchester Science & Industry Museum! ...then there’s the Trent & Mersey section of the Four Counties Ring! The Caldon Canal! ...these routes offer the same canal excitement, relaxation and adventure on our boats!! ..if you would like to give us a call for help planning your holiday on (+44) (0)1606 833668 please do so ...we will also be posting more on these routes in the very near future! ....we will keep you posted on the canal repair as well.... Please keep checking our Facebook page
We are reliably informed that the Shropshire Union will be back open in plenty of time for our 2019 season 😁...Posted by Andersen Boats on Monday, 9 July 2018
https://youtu.be/cxvrOL6TE1c ...we are still hoping that the Canal & River Trust will resolve this quickly, but again we...Posted by Andersen Boats on Wednesday, 28 March 2018
...just a little hint of the Lymm route 😊 1 and a bit locks, 3 tunnels, several towns and villages, Salt Museum,...Posted by Andersen Boats on Thursday, 22 March 2018
http://www.canalboat.co.uk/home/cruise-guide-the-caldon-canal-1-5425989Posted by Andersen Boats on Sunday, 18 March 2018
“The Churnet Valley sections of the Caldon Canal are some of the most picturesque in Britain......” http://www.churnet.co.uk/caldoncanal.php https://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk/Posted by Andersen Boats on Sunday, 18 March 2018
Fancy a pint? 🍺 http://www.canalboat.co.uk/waterways/12-of-the-best-pubs-along-the-trent-mersey-canal-1-4868345Posted by Andersen Boats on Sunday, 18 March 2018
“The flight of 16 locks at Marple is a spectacular sight, one of the steepest flights in Britiain. With the beautiful...Posted by Andersen Boats on Sunday, 18 March 2018
Ellesmere Port & The Waterways Museum
In Roman and Medieval times Chester was a thriving port on the River Dee, so a boating holiday seems an appropriate way of approaching this wonderfully romantic and historic city. But the Shropshire Union Canal doesn't terminate at Chester, it pushes on across the base of the Wirral to Ellesmere Port on the banks of the mighty Mersey, home to the The National Waterways Museum, Britain's premier collection of preserved canal craft displayed in an authentic dockland environment.
Boating through rural Cheshire
Chester represents our most restful out and back cruise. A mere ten hours boating out from Middlewich, it requires just three or four hours a day through pleasant Cheshire countryside on the move for a week's holiday; though you will probably want to boat for a bit longer each day so as to allow yourselves plenty of time for exploring this most beautiful of cities when you get there. At the outset you head westwards along the Shropshire Union Canal to Barbridge Junction where you pursue your leisurely course along the quiet waters of the old broadbeam Chester Canal.
The locks on this section are wide enough to cope with two narrow boats, side by side, and if another boat is travelling in your direction, it both saves water and helps with the workload to share the locks. Suddenly you get your first glimpse of Beeston Castle soaring above the Cheshire Plain on its high sandstone crag. King John is said to have buried treasure here which has never been found - or perhaps the person who found it just didn't tell the rest of the world! It's open to the public under the aegis of English Heritage, so you can go and do a little treasure hunting for yourself. There are other pleasant ports of call on this stretch of canal; the lockside cottage at Beeston Stone Lock where freshly baked home-produce is often obtainable; the little glory hole of a craft shop at Castle Wharf; the neighbouring country auction ring; and the Shady Oak, a convivial canalside pub just made for thirsty and hungry boaters.
Exploring Chester is easy on a boating holiday!
Getting into Chester these days by car is a bit of a headache, but the only ache you experience in arriving here by canal is from operating the quintet of locks which, at intervals, drop you down into the heart of the city, where you can moor within earshot of the cathedral without a traffic warden in sight. Make no mistake, Chester is one of the great treasure houses of Europe, and quite the best way to effect an introduction to it is to perambulate its ancient walls.
Familiarity gained by this, gravitate toward the centre, explore the famous galleried Rows, and then go and wallow in the hushed peace of the cathedral. Then you can decide where to eat, a choice not made any easier by a proliferation of enchanting looking restaurants, cafes and pubs.
The Shropshire Union Canal to the National Waterways Museum
If recent history holds more appeal to you than the ancient variety, and if, like many of our holidaymakers, you have a real enthusiasm for canals, then Chester may only be a punctuation mark on the voyage towards your real goal of The National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port. It's only an extra three hours boating up the Shropshire Union Canal, and though no-one would pretend that Ellesmere Port is a pretty place, it is invigorating in a way you might not have supposed.
To berth in the old transhipment docks of the port, looking out over the wide waters of the ship canal and Mersey estuary,
with Liverpool rising clearly on the horizon, is a fitting climax to any, voyage from Middlewich.
Here, at the The National Waterways Museum, your modern, comfortable hire boat rubs shoulders with its cargo-carrying ancestors.
For a moment, past and present merge inextricably and your holiday on the canal takes on a different, and extremely gratifying, dimension.
One week average cruising time per day:
Chester & Ellesmere Port 4.5 hours