Tattenhall is an ideal starting point for lots of routes
Tattenhall is an ideal starting point for lots of routes, which include the ancient city of Chester, the Four-Counties Ring, the Cheshire Ring, theLlangollen Canal and the Shropshire Union Canal. Under the shadow of Beeston Castle and only a five hour cruise from historic Chester city centre, the Marina is ideally located to explore a vast selection of the canal network. Continuing on into Chester, with fantastic views of the walled city, Chester Zoo makes a great stopover for children and then on to Ellesmere Port, which joins the Manchester Ship Canal and is the home of the Boat Museum. It's well worth a visit.
How far you go will depend on how energetic you want to be. Speed travelled on the canal is approximately 3-4 miles per hour. You can plod along gently admiring the scenery and wildlife, stopping at canal side pubs and exploring the towns and villages along the way.
The most popular canal in the country travel to Llangollen and back during a week’s holiday. (The route takes approximately 25 locks, 55 miles, one way) Continuing past Barbridge Junction offers even more choices. You can turn on to the beautiful Llangollen Canal which takes you through some unspoilt Cheshire, Shropshire and Welsh countryside and past some spectacular views, tunnels and over the two amazing aqueducts at Chirk and Trevor. A lovely route for a week's holiday travelling across the famous Pontcysyllte aqueduct. Take a trip across the Pontcysyllte aqueduct on the Llangollen Canal which is over 300 metres in length and 42 metres above the River Dee. A must for every boaters CV. Chirk also includes a 420 metre long tunnel.
The Four Counties Ring
Cruising for eight hours a day, the Ring can be completed in a week, but to take in the many attractions a two week trip is recommended bringing your daily cruising down to a more relaxed five hours. (The route takes approximately 100 locks, 117 miles, on a circular route.)
Probably the most popular ring on the inland waterways made up by three canals these are; Trent and Mersey Canal, Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. Here are some of the many attractions on the four counties ring:
- Ski World, China Gardens and Waterworld.
- Harecastle Tunnel which is 2670 metres in length, taking 45 minutes to navigate through, an experience not to be missed.
- You can also visit Market Drayton which is the home of gingerbread.
The Cheshire Ring
A two week trip is recommended for this route. There is the opportunity to explore the scenic Peak Forest Canal to Whaley Bridge and Bugsworth Basin.( The route takes approximately 102 locks, 95 miles on a circular route) Very experienced boaters may wish to cruise this ring over a 7 night break. Five canals form this ring including the Trent & Mersey Canal, Bridgewater Canal, Rochdale Canal, Ashton Canal and the Macclesfield Canal.
While cruising the Cheshire ring here are some of the attractions along the way:
- The famous Anderton Boat Lift lowering boats 17 metres onto the River Weaver.
- Preston Brook which involves an 1130 metre tunnel.
- Take a cruise through Manchester where you can moor safely in the city centre at Castlefield Basin.
- Boseley which involves 12 locks in a flight which takes you 170 metres above sea level with stunning views.
Shropshire Union Canal
For a relaxing weeks holiday why not cruise the Shropshire Union Canal. This route travels South and passes through quaint towns and villages, beautiful tree linedcuttings and embankments and two small flights of locks at Audlem and Adderley. As part of the Four Counties Ring this is a wonderful way to see Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire from a different view. The historic Market town of Market Drayton is well worth a visit. Or travel North and take a cruise in to Chester town centre where you can enjoy the shops, bars and restaurants. If you carry on along the canal you will reach Ellesmere Port Boat Museum. In the opposite direction you can visit Nantwich which has lovely views and a short walk to the town centre.