Canal Boat Holiday Routes in England & Wales
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
Canal holiday routes..
Our conveniently-located base in Middlewich, Cheshire allows a choice of interesting routes for your holiday. for your canal boat holidays you can choose totally rural routes or ones involving some very interesting towns and cities.
We have chosen a few popular routes to describe in more detail here, and you can see more information about each by clicking on the links below. The descriptions give you some idea of what you will see on each route, how many locks you negotiate and how long they would take to travel.
(Click a Route to view more information)
The Llangollen Canal is one of the most popular UK canal holiday routes, with a totally rural backdrop, enlivened by spectacular scenery, amazing aqueducts and the holiday town of Llangollen itself.
The Caldon Canal is one of the jewels of the waterways, combined with cruising through the Potteries.
The Roman city of Chester is a wonderful place to visit, and leads to the fascinating Boat Museum at Ellesmere Port.
These are out-and-back return routes, which allow you to choose your own pace, but if you feel a little more energetic we can suggest some 'rings', where you travel round a circular route to arrive back with us: the Cheshire Ring or the Four Counties Ring. Each canal has an individual character, as they were built at different times by different engineers, and every one has its own surprises and delights.
You are of course free to make your own variations on any of these suggested canal boat holidays, particularly if have more time to explore: there are many guides and maps to help you choose your ideal UK canal holiday route, and we are always happy to offer advice on which boat and which route would suit you best. Please Remember, if you're planning to spend a day out and about off your boat, please make sure you factor this into your plans when working out the amount of cruising hours required to complete your holiday route.