Cruises 2022

Cruise 1 - Llangollen to Northwich

Date - 14 - 21 Apr

Route Details:

68 Miles

30 Locks.

12 Movable Bridges

3 Aqueducts

3 Tunnels

Anderton Boat Lift.

 

Canals/Rivers:

Llangollen Canal

Shropshire Union Canal (Inc Middlewich Branch)

Trent and Mersey Canal

River Weaver.

Duration - 7 Nights

Cruise Details -We begin this cruise in Llangollen Basin which is the furthest point of navigable canals. Llangollen is worth exploring so arrive early and leave your bags.  We cruise through the narrows before reaching Trevor. Here we will cross the world famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which fails to impress on each crossing. Continuing we head to Chirk where we cross another equally spectacular aqueduct running adjacent to the viaduct; if you come by train from the South you will cross this, keeps your eyes open. Not forgetting Chirk Tunnel first at 450 yds which also has a towpath so feel free to walk though. We now leave Wales behind and continue to meander East along the Llangollen canal surrounded by beautiful countryside. Our first locks await and not long before we come to the junction of the Montgomoery Canal.  Passing the junction we reach Ellesmere, one of the largest towns we pass, which is named after the Meres that surround it. We continue and reach approx 4 mile stretch of straight canal, all raised on an embankment. Whitchurch next before arriving at Grindley Brook. The infamous Grindley Brook Staircase Lock awaits. Leaving Grindley Brook and continuing past Wrenbury and Swanley before reaching Hurleston Junction where we join the Shroppshire Union Canal, although on a short time before turning onto the Middlewich Branch at barbridge Junction.  10 miles and 4 locks later we reach the Wardle Canal (the shortest canal in the country) and then we joine the Trent and Mersey Canal.  This section upto the Anderton Boat Lift we begin seeing some of the industrial uses of the canal network, particularly chemicals and salt. We reach the Anderton Boat lift where we will have time to explore the visitor center. Soon afer we will descend the Anderton Boat lift to join the River Weaver. Our cruise finishes with a steady cruise upstream to Northwich.

Cruise 2 - Northwich - Llangollen

Date - 22 - 29 Apr

Route Details:

68 Miles

30 Locks.

12 Movable Bridges

3 Aqueducts

3 Tunnels

Anderton Boat Lift.

 

Canals/Rivers:

River Weaver

Trent and Mersey Canal

Shropshire and Union (inc Middlewich branch)

Llangollen Canal

Duration - 7 Nights

Cruise Details - As cruise one but reversed.

Cruise 3 - Llangollen - Stoke-on-Trent

Date - 30 Apr - 7 May

Route Details:

74 Miles

56 Locks.

10 Movable Bridges

14 Aqueducts

4 Tunnels

 

Canals/Rivers:

Llangollen Canal

Shropshire and Union (inc Middlewich branch)

Trent and Mersey Canal

Duration - 7 Nights

Cruise Details -We begin this cruise in Llangollen Basin which is the furthest point of navigable canal on the Llangollen. Llangollen is worth exploring so arrive early and leave your bags.  We cruise through the narrows before reaching Trevor. Here we will cross the world famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which continues to impress on each crossing. Continuing we head to Chirk where we cross another equally spectacular aqueduct running adjacent to the viaduct; if you come by train from the South you will cross this, keeps your eyes open. Not forgetting Chirk Tunnel first at 450 yds which also has a towpath so feel free to walk though. We now leave Wales behind and continue to meander East along the Llangollen canal surrounded by beautiful countryside. Our first locks await and not long before we come to the junction of the Montgomery Canal.  Passing the junction we reach Ellesmere, one of the largest towns we pass, which is named after the Meres that surround it. We continue and reach approx 4 mile stretch of straight canal, all raised on an embankment. Whitchurch next before arriving at Grindley Brook. The infamous Grindley Brook Staircase Lock awaits. Leaving Grindley Brook and continuing past Wrenbury and Swanley before reaching Hurleston Junction where we join the Shropshire Union Canal, although on a short time before turning onto the Middlewich Branch at Barbridge Junction.  10 miles and 4 locks later we reach the Wardle Canal (the shortest canal in the country) and then we join the Trent and Mersey Canal. Turning right we begin our climb of 31 locks over 13 miles, this is called Heartbreak Hill - You'll see why.  You will also note how unique the locks are, starting off as single locks but due to traffic an additional lock was built adjacent, sadly some have now been decommissioned, however the chambers are still here. Reaching the top of Heartbreak we pass under the Macclesfield Canal and then arriving at Harecastle Tunnel. At 2926yds this is one of the longest and, if you believe, the most haunted.  Leaving the tunnel you can see the remains of the once flourishing pottery industry and if we have time we will stop at the Middleport Pottery for a visit. A mile or so later we arrive at Eturia where our cruise ends.

Cruise 4 - Stoke-on-Trent - Chester (Via Ellesmere Port and the National Waterways Museum)

Date - 9 - 16 May

Route Details:

61 Miles

49 Locks.

14 Aqueducts

1 Tunnel

1 Museum

 

Canals/Rivers:

Trent and Mersey Canal

Shropshire and Union (inc Middlewich branch)

Duration - 7 Nights

Cruise Details - Leaving Eturia we being by cruising past evidence of the once flourishing pottery industry. We may even have time for a quck stop at Middleport Pottery. Leaving Stoke we reach Harecastle Tunnel and at 2926yds this is one of the longest and, if you believe, the most haunted. We leave the tunnel and now start our decent to Chester. Beginning with Heartbreak Hill - 31 locks over 13 miles staring by locking down and passing under the Macclesfield Canal. You will also note how unique the locks are, starting off as single locks but due to traffic an additional lock was built adjacent, sadly some have now been decommissioned, however the chambers are still here.  We reach Middlewich where we turn left onto the Wardle Canal, the shortest canal in the country, which joins the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal. 10 miles and 4 locks before reaching Barbridge Junction, this section is also the site of the breach in 2017 and we will see the magnificent repair that was carried out. Turning right onto the Shropshire Union Canal we head North towards Bunbury where we continue our descent through our first of two staircase locks. We continue past Beeston where the remains in the distance of Beeston Castle can be seen for miles and not to forget passing through Iron Lock.  The rest of the journey to Chester is through some amazing countryside. Other boaters must agree too as one section we pass what seems likes miles of moored boats on the off tow-path side. We arrive in Chester where our surroundings become a little more urban. Impressively we follow the canal around the city walls before reaching Chester Basin. We continue to Ellesmere Port and return to Chester once we've visited the National Waterways museum.

Cruise 5 - Chester - Northwich (Via Ellesmere Port and the National Waterways Museum)

Date - 18 - 25 May

Route Details:

54 Miles

22 Locks

1 Moveable Bridge

11 Aqueducts

1 Museum

 

Canals/Rivers:

Shropshire and Union (inc Middlewich branch)

Trent and Mersey Canal

River Weaver

Duration - 7 Nights

Cruise Details - On leaving Northwich, we rise up in the magnificent Anderton Boat Lift and turn right to head for Middlewich, skirting around the environs of industrial Northwich. We cruise through pleasant countryside equally beautiful to many other stretches in the country. 

Reaching Middlewich, we turn right to join the 11 miles of the Middlewich Arm, which is all open country, punctuated by 4 locks. At Barbridge Junction, we join the Shropshire Union main line and follow a brief stretch of this canal until we reach Hurleston Junction. 

Afterwards, we turn right onto the Llangollen Canal and immediately climb the four locks by Hurleston Reservoir. 

The canal travels through lovely scenery and reaches Wrenbury, where we encounter the first of several lift bridges. We continue until we reach Grindley Brook with its three chamber staircase lock. After Grindley Brook, the canal crosses Whixall Moss, a bog rich in flora and fauna. 

Over the next few miles there are several meres (small lakes formed in the Ice Age) on either side of the canal, which are followed by the short Ellesmere Tunnel (87 yards). Ellesmere town is at the end of a short arm. A few miles further on comes Frankton Junction, where we continue past up to New Marton Locks, the last of the canal, and cross the Chirk Aqueduct overlooked by the railway viaduct and into Chirk Tunnel (459 yards). 

Whitehouse Tunnel (191 yards) follows quickly after and then we reach the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct 126 feet above the River Dee. Immediately after the aqueduct, there is a ninety degree turn as the canal continues its short journey to Llangollen. This stretch of the canal is very narrow and slower with one-way working in places. We finish our cruise in the marina at Llangollen.

Cruise 6 - Northwich - Liverpool

Date - 27 May - 3 Jun

Route Details:

83 Miles

15 Locks

21 Moveable Bridge

40 Aqueducts

6 Tunnels

 

Canals/Rivers:

River Weaver

Trent and Mersey Canal

Bridgewater Canal

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Liverpool Canal Link

Duration - 7 Nights

Cruise Details - On leaving Northwich, we rise up in the magnificent Anderton Boat Lift and turn right to head for Middlewich, skirting around the environs of industrial Northwich. We cruise through pleasant countryside equally beautiful to many other stretches in the country. 

Reaching Middlewich, we turn right to join the 11 miles of the Middlewich Arm, which is all open country, punctuated by 4 locks. At Barbridge Junction, we join the Shropshire Union main line and follow a brief stretch of this canal until we reach Hurleston Junction. 

Afterwards, we turn right onto the Llangollen Canal and immediately climb the four locks by Hurleston Reservoir. 

The canal travels through lovely scenery and reaches Wrenbury, where we encounter the first of several lift bridges. We continue until we reach Grindley Brook with its three chamber staircase lock. After Grindley Brook, the canal crosses Whixall Moss, a bog rich in flora and fauna. 

Over the next few miles there are several meres (small lakes formed in the Ice Age) on either side of the canal, which are followed by the short Ellesmere Tunnel (87 yards). Ellesmere town is at the end of a short arm. A few miles further on comes Frankton Junction, where we continue past up to New Marton Locks, the last of the canal, and cross the Chirk Aqueduct overlooked by the railway viaduct and into Chirk Tunnel (459 yards). 

Whitehouse Tunnel (191 yards) follows quickly after and then we reach the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct 126 feet above the River Dee. Immediately after the aqueduct, there is a ninety degree turn as the canal continues its short journey to Llangollen. This stretch of the canal is very narrow and slower with one-way working in places. We finish our cruise in the marina at Llangollen.

Cruise 7 - Liverpool - Nantwich

Date - 10 - 18 Jun

Route Details:

106 Miles

23 Locks

20 Moveable Bridge

47 Aqueducts

6 Tunnels

 

Canals/Rivers:

Liverpool Canal Link

Leeds and Liverpoool Canal

Trent and Mersey Canal

Shropshire Union Canal (inc Middlewich Branch)

Duration - 8 Nights

Cruise Details - On leaving Northwich, we rise up in the magnificent Anderton Boat Lift and turn right to head for Middlewich, skirting around the environs of industrial Northwich. We cruise through pleasant countryside equally beautiful to many other stretches in the country. 

Reaching Middlewich, we turn right to join the 11 miles of the Middlewich Arm, which is all open country, punctuated by 4 locks. At Barbridge Junction, we join the Shropshire Union main line and follow a brief stretch of this canal until we reach Hurleston Junction. 

Afterwards, we turn right onto the Llangollen Canal and immediately climb the four locks by Hurleston Reservoir. 

The canal travels through lovely scenery and reaches Wrenbury, where we encounter the first of several lift bridges. We continue until we reach Grindley Brook with its three chamber staircase lock. After Grindley Brook, the canal crosses Whixall Moss, a bog rich in flora and fauna. 

Over the next few miles there are several meres (small lakes formed in the Ice Age) on either side of the canal, which are followed by the short Ellesmere Tunnel (87 yards). Ellesmere town is at the end of a short arm. A few miles further on comes Frankton Junction, where we continue past up to New Marton Locks, the last of the canal, and cross the Chirk Aqueduct overlooked by the railway viaduct and into Chirk Tunnel (459 yards). 

Whitehouse Tunnel (191 yards) follows quickly after and then we reach the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct 126 feet above the River Dee. Immediately after the aqueduct, there is a ninety degree turn as the canal continues its short journey to Llangollen. This stretch of the canal is very narrow and slower with one-way working in places. We finish our cruise in the marina at Llangollen.

Cruise 8 - Nantwich - Birmingham (via Black Country Museum

Date - 20 - 27 Jun

Route Details:

56 Miles

53 Locks

14 Aqueducts

4 Tunnels

1 Museum

 

Canals/Rivers:

Shropshire Union Canal

Staffordshire and Worcester Canal

Birmingham Canal Navigation (Old Main Line and Main Line)

Duration - 7 Nights

Cruise Details - On leaving Northwich, we rise up in the magnificent Anderton Boat Lift and turn right to head for Middlewich, skirting around the environs of industrial Northwich. We cruise through pleasant countryside equally beautiful to many other stretches in the country. 

Reaching Middlewich, we turn right to join the 11 miles of the Middlewich Arm, which is all open country, punctuated by 4 locks. At Barbridge Junction, we join the Shropshire Union main line and follow a brief stretch of this canal until we reach Hurleston Junction. 

Afterwards, we turn right onto the Llangollen Canal and immediately climb the four locks by Hurleston Reservoir. 

The canal travels through lovely scenery and reaches Wrenbury, where we encounter the first of several lift bridges. We continue until we reach Grindley Brook with its three chamber staircase lock. After Grindley Brook, the canal crosses Whixall Moss, a bog rich in flora and fauna. 

Over the next few miles there are several meres (small lakes formed in the Ice Age) on either side of the canal, which are followed by the short Ellesmere Tunnel (87 yards). Ellesmere town is at the end of a short arm. A few miles further on comes Frankton Junction, where we continue past up to New Marton Locks, the last of the canal, and cross the Chirk Aqueduct overlooked by the railway viaduct and into Chirk Tunnel (459 yards). 

Whitehouse Tunnel (191 yards) follows quickly after and then we reach the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct 126 feet above the River Dee. Immediately after the aqueduct, there is a ninety degree turn as the canal continues its short journey to Llangollen. This stretch of the canal is very narrow and slower with one-way working in places. We finish our cruise in the marina at Llangollen.

Cruise 9 - Birmingham - Nottingham (National Arboretum)

Date - 29 Jun - 6 Jul

Route Details:

66 Miles

62 Locks

2 Moveable Bridges

15 Aqueducts

2 Tunnels

1 Arboretum

 

Canals/Rivers:

Birmingham Canal Navigation (Main Line)

Birmingham and Fazeley Canal

Coventry Canal

Trent and Mersey Canal

River Trent

Duration - 7 Nights

Cruise Details - On leaving Northwich, we rise up in the magnificent Anderton Boat Lift and turn right to head for Middlewich, skirting around the environs of industrial Northwich. We cruise through pleasant countryside equally beautiful to many other stretches in the country. 

Reaching Middlewich, we turn right to join the 11 miles of the Middlewich Arm, which is all open country, punctuated by 4 locks. At Barbridge Junction, we join the Shropshire Union main line and follow a brief stretch of this canal until we reach Hurleston Junction. 

Afterwards, we turn right onto the Llangollen Canal and immediately climb the four locks by Hurleston Reservoir. 

The canal travels through lovely scenery and reaches Wrenbury, where we encounter the first of several lift bridges. We continue until we reach Grindley Brook with its three chamber staircase lock. After Grindley Brook, the canal crosses Whixall Moss, a bog rich in flora and fauna. 

Over the next few miles there are several meres (small lakes formed in the Ice Age) on either side of the canal, which are followed by the short Ellesmere Tunnel (87 yards). Ellesmere town is at the end of a short arm. A few miles further on comes Frankton Junction, where we continue past up to New Marton Locks, the last of the canal, and cross the Chirk Aqueduct overlooked by the railway viaduct and into Chirk Tunnel (459 yards). 

Whitehouse Tunnel (191 yards) follows quickly after and then we reach the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct 126 feet above the River Dee. Immediately after the aqueduct, there is a ninety degree turn as the canal continues its short journey to Llangollen. This stretch of the canal is very narrow and slower with one-way working in places. We finish our cruise in the marina at Llangollen.

Cruise 10 - Nottingham - Braunston

Date - 10 - 17 Jul

Route Details:

81 Miles

70 Locks

11 Aqueducts

4 Tunnels

 

Canals/Rivers:

River Trent

Grand Union Canal

Duration - 7 Nights

Cruise Details - On leaving Northwich, we rise up in the magnificent Anderton Boat Lift and turn right to head for Middlewich, skirting around the environs of industrial Northwich. We cruise through pleasant countryside equally beautiful to many other stretches in the country. 

Reaching Middlewich, we turn right to join the 11 miles of the Middlewich Arm, which is all open country, punctuated by 4 locks. At Barbridge Junction, we join the Shropshire Union main line and follow a brief stretch of this canal until we reach Hurleston Junction. 

Afterwards, we turn right onto the Llangollen Canal and immediately climb the four locks by Hurleston Reservoir. 

The canal travels through lovely scenery and reaches Wrenbury, where we encounter the first of several lift bridges. We continue until we reach Grindley Brook with its three chamber staircase lock. After Grindley Brook, the canal crosses Whixall Moss, a bog rich in flora and fauna. 

Over the next few miles there are several meres (small lakes formed in the Ice Age) on either side of the canal, which are followed by the short Ellesmere Tunnel (87 yards). Ellesmere town is at the end of a short arm. A few miles further on comes Frankton Junction, where we continue past up to New Marton Locks, the last of the canal, and cross the Chirk Aqueduct overlooked by the railway viaduct and into Chirk Tunnel (459 yards). 

Whitehouse Tunnel (191 yards) follows quickly after and then we reach the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct 126 feet above the River Dee. Immediately after the aqueduct, there is a ninety degree turn as the canal continues its short journey to Llangollen. This stretch of the canal is very narrow and slower with one-way working in places. We finish our cruise in the marina at Llangollen.

Cruise 11 - Braunston - Berkhamsted

Date - 19 - 26 Jul

Route Details:

60 Miles

52 Locks

1 Moveable Bridge

11 Aqueducts

2 Tunnels

 

Canals/Rivers:

Grand Union Canal

Duration - 7 Nights

Cruise Details - On leaving Northwich, we rise up in the magnificent Anderton Boat Lift and turn right to head for Middlewich, skirting around the environs of industrial Northwich. We cruise through pleasant countryside equally beautiful to many other stretches in the country. 

Reaching Middlewich, we turn right to join the 11 miles of the Middlewich Arm, which is all open country, punctuated by 4 locks. At Barbridge Junction, we join the Shropshire Union main line and follow a brief stretch of this canal until we reach Hurleston Junction. 

Afterwards, we turn right onto the Llangollen Canal and immediately climb the four locks by Hurleston Reservoir. 

The canal travels through lovely scenery and reaches Wrenbury, where we encounter the first of several lift bridges. We continue until we reach Grindley Brook with its three chamber staircase lock. After Grindley Brook, the canal crosses Whixall Moss, a bog rich in flora and fauna. 

Over the next few miles there are several meres (small lakes formed in the Ice Age) on either side of the canal, which are followed by the short Ellesmere Tunnel (87 yards). Ellesmere town is at the end of a short arm. A few miles further on comes Frankton Junction, where we continue past up to New Marton Locks, the last of the canal, and cross the Chirk Aqueduct overlooked by the railway viaduct and into Chirk Tunnel (459 yards). 

Whitehouse Tunnel (191 yards) follows quickly after and then we reach the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct 126 feet above the River Dee. Immediately after the aqueduct, there is a ninety degree turn as the canal continues its short journey to Llangollen. This stretch of the canal is very narrow and slower with one-way working in places. We finish our cruise in the marina at Llangollen.

Cruise 12 - Braunston - Berkhamsted

Date - 28 -31 Jul

Route Details:

23 Miles

38 Locks

1 Moveable Bridge

1 Aqueducts

 

Canals/Rivers:

Grand Union Canal

Duration - 3 Nights

Cruise Details - On leaving Northwich, we rise up in the magnificent Anderton Boat Lift and turn right to head for Middlewich, skirting around the environs of industrial Northwich. We cruise through pleasant countryside equally beautiful to many other stretches in the country. 

Reaching Middlewich, we turn right to join the 11 miles of the Middlewich Arm, which is all open country, punctuated by 4 locks. At Barbridge Junction, we join the Shropshire Union main line and follow a brief stretch of this canal until we reach Hurleston Junction. 

Afterwards, we turn right onto the Llangollen Canal and immediately climb the four locks by Hurleston Reservoir. 

The canal travels through lovely scenery and reaches Wrenbury, where we encounter the first of several lift bridges. We continue until we reach Grindley Brook with its three chamber staircase lock. After Grindley Brook, the canal crosses Whixall Moss, a bog rich in flora and fauna. 

Over the next few miles there are several meres (small lakes formed in the Ice Age) on either side of the canal, which are followed by the short Ellesmere Tunnel (87 yards). Ellesmere town is at the end of a short arm. A few miles further on comes Frankton Junction, where we continue past up to New Marton Locks, the last of the canal, and cross the Chirk Aqueduct overlooked by the railway viaduct and into Chirk Tunnel (459 yards). 

Whitehouse Tunnel (191 yards) follows quickly after and then we reach the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct 126 feet above the River Dee. Immediately after the aqueduct, there is a ninety degree turn as the canal continues its short journey to Llangollen. This stretch of the canal is very narrow and slower with one-way working in places. We finish our cruise in the marina at Llangollen.

Cruise 13 & 14 - Uxbridge - Uxbridge

Date - 2 - 9 Aug

            11 - 18 Aug

Route Details: TBC

Canals/Rivers:

Grand Union Canal

River Thames

River Lee

Regents Canal

Duration - 7 Nights

Cruise Details - On leaving Northwich, we rise up in the magnificent Anderton Boat Lift and turn right to head for Middlewich, skirting around the environs of industrial Northwich. We cruise through pleasant countryside equally beautiful to many other stretches in the country. 

Reaching Middlewich, we turn right to join the 11 miles of the Middlewich Arm, which is all open country, punctuated by 4 locks. At Barbridge Junction, we join the Shropshire Union main line and follow a brief stretch of this canal until we reach Hurleston Junction. 

Afterwards, we turn right onto the Llangollen Canal and immediately climb the four locks by Hurleston Reservoir. 

The canal travels through lovely scenery and reaches Wrenbury, where we encounter the first of several lift bridges. We continue until we reach Grindley Brook with its three chamber staircase lock. After Grindley Brook, the canal crosses Whixall Moss, a bog rich in flora and fauna. 

Over the next few miles there are several meres (small lakes formed in the Ice Age) on either side of the canal, which are followed by the short Ellesmere Tunnel (87 yards). Ellesmere town is at the end of a short arm. A few miles further on comes Frankton Junction, where we continue past up to New Marton Locks, the last of the canal, and cross the Chirk Aqueduct overlooked by the railway viaduct and into Chirk Tunnel (459 yards). 

Whitehouse Tunnel (191 yards) follows quickly after and then we reach the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct 126 feet above the River Dee. Immediately after the aqueduct, there is a ninety degree turn as the canal continues its short journey to Llangollen. This stretch of the canal is very narrow and slower with one-way working in places. We finish our cruise in the marina at Llangollen.

Cruise 15 - Uxbridge - Reading

Date - 20 - 25 Aug

Route Details:

67 Miles

34 Locks

3 Aqueducts

 

Canals/Rivers:

Grand Union Canal

River Thames

Duration - 5 Nights

Cruise Details - On leaving Northwich, we rise up in the magnificent Anderton Boat Lift and turn right to head for Middlewich, skirting around the environs of industrial Northwich. We cruise through pleasant countryside equally beautiful to many other stretches in the country. 

Reaching Middlewich, we turn right to join the 11 miles of the Middlewich Arm, which is all open country, punctuated by 4 locks. At Barbridge Junction, we join the Shropshire Union main line and follow a brief stretch of this canal until we reach Hurleston Junction. 

Afterwards, we turn right onto the Llangollen Canal and immediately climb the four locks by Hurleston Reservoir. 

The canal travels through lovely scenery and reaches Wrenbury, where we encounter the first of several lift bridges. We continue until we reach Grindley Brook with its three chamber staircase lock. After Grindley Brook, the canal crosses Whixall Moss, a bog rich in flora and fauna. 

Over the next few miles there are several meres (small lakes formed in the Ice Age) on either side of the canal, which are followed by the short Ellesmere Tunnel (87 yards). Ellesmere town is at the end of a short arm. A few miles further on comes Frankton Junction, where we continue past up to New Marton Locks, the last of the canal, and cross the Chirk Aqueduct overlooked by the railway viaduct and into Chirk Tunnel (459 yards). 

Whitehouse Tunnel (191 yards) follows quickly after and then we reach the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct 126 feet above the River Dee. Immediately after the aqueduct, there is a ninety degree turn as the canal continues its short journey to Llangollen. This stretch of the canal is very narrow and slower with one-way working in places. We finish our cruise in the marina at Llangollen.

Cruise 16 - Reading - Braunston

Date - 28 Aug - 4 Sep

Route Details:

94 Miles

52 Locks

21 Moveable Bridges

1 Aqueducts

 

Canals/Rivers:

River Thames

Oxford South Canal

Grand Union Canal

Duration - 7 Nights

Cruise Details - On leaving Northwich, we rise up in the magnificent Anderton Boat Lift and turn right to head for Middlewich, skirting around the environs of industrial Northwich. We cruise through pleasant countryside equally beautiful to many other stretches in the country. 

Reaching Middlewich, we turn right to join the 11 miles of the Middlewich Arm, which is all open country, punctuated by 4 locks. At Barbridge Junction, we join the Shropshire Union main line and follow a brief stretch of this canal until we reach Hurleston Junction. 

Afterwards, we turn right onto the Llangollen Canal and immediately climb the four locks by Hurleston Reservoir. 

The canal travels through lovely scenery and reaches Wrenbury, where we encounter the first of several lift bridges. We continue until we reach Grindley Brook with its three chamber staircase lock. After Grindley Brook, the canal crosses Whixall Moss, a bog rich in flora and fauna. 

Over the next few miles there are several meres (small lakes formed in the Ice Age) on either side of the canal, which are followed by the short Ellesmere Tunnel (87 yards). Ellesmere town is at the end of a short arm. A few miles further on comes Frankton Junction, where we continue past up to New Marton Locks, the last of the canal, and cross the Chirk Aqueduct overlooked by the railway viaduct and into Chirk Tunnel (459 yards). 

Whitehouse Tunnel (191 yards) follows quickly after and then we reach the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct 126 feet above the River Dee. Immediately after the aqueduct, there is a ninety degree turn as the canal continues its short journey to Llangollen. This stretch of the canal is very narrow and slower with one-way working in places. We finish our cruise in the marina at Llangollen.

Cruise 17 - Braunston - Stone

Date - 6 - 13 Sep 

Route Details:

78 Miles

27 Locks

2 Moveable Bridges

24 Aqueducts

1 Tunnel

Canals/Rivers:

Oxford North Canal

Coventry Canal

Birmingham Canal Navigation

Trent and Mersey Canal

Duration - 7 Nights

Cruise Details - On leaving Northwich, we rise up in the magnificent Anderton Boat Lift and turn right to head for Middlewich, skirting around the environs of industrial Northwich. We cruise through pleasant countryside equally beautiful to many other stretches in the country. 

Reaching Middlewich, we turn right to join the 11 miles of the Middlewich Arm, which is all open country, punctuated by 4 locks. At Barbridge Junction, we join the Shropshire Union main line and follow a brief stretch of this canal until we reach Hurleston Junction. 

Afterwards, we turn right onto the Llangollen Canal and immediately climb the four locks by Hurleston Reservoir. 

The canal travels through lovely scenery and reaches Wrenbury, where we encounter the first of several lift bridges. We continue until we reach Grindley Brook with its three chamber staircase lock. After Grindley Brook, the canal crosses Whixall Moss, a bog rich in flora and fauna. 

Over the next few miles there are several meres (small lakes formed in the Ice Age) on either side of the canal, which are followed by the short Ellesmere Tunnel (87 yards). Ellesmere town is at the end of a short arm. A few miles further on comes Frankton Junction, where we continue past up to New Marton Locks, the last of the canal, and cross the Chirk Aqueduct overlooked by the railway viaduct and into Chirk Tunnel (459 yards). 

Whitehouse Tunnel (191 yards) follows quickly after and then we reach the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct 126 feet above the River Dee. Immediately after the aqueduct, there is a ninety degree turn as the canal continues its short journey to Llangollen. This stretch of the canal is very narrow and slower with one-way working in places. We finish our cruise in the marina at Llangollen.

Cruise 18 - Stone - Chester (Via Ellesmere Port and the National Waterways Museum)

Date - 15 - 22 Sep 

Route Details:

70 Miles

62 Locks

16 Aqueducts

1 Tunnel

Canals/Rivers:

Trent and Mersey Canal

Shropshire Union Canal (Inc Middlewich Branch)

Duration - 7 Nights

Cruise Details - On leaving Northwich, we rise up in the magnificent Anderton Boat Lift and turn right to head for Middlewich, skirting around the environs of industrial Northwich. We cruise through pleasant countryside equally beautiful to many other stretches in the country. 

Reaching Middlewich, we turn right to join the 11 miles of the Middlewich Arm, which is all open country, punctuated by 4 locks. At Barbridge Junction, we join the Shropshire Union main line and follow a brief stretch of this canal until we reach Hurleston Junction. 

Afterwards, we turn right onto the Llangollen Canal and immediately climb the four locks by Hurleston Reservoir. 

The canal travels through lovely scenery and reaches Wrenbury, where we encounter the first of several lift bridges. We continue until we reach Grindley Brook with its three chamber staircase lock. After Grindley Brook, the canal crosses Whixall Moss, a bog rich in flora and fauna. 

Over the next few miles there are several meres (small lakes formed in the Ice Age) on either side of the canal, which are followed by the short Ellesmere Tunnel (87 yards). Ellesmere town is at the end of a short arm. A few miles further on comes Frankton Junction, where we continue past up to New Marton Locks, the last of the canal, and cross the Chirk Aqueduct overlooked by the railway viaduct and into Chirk Tunnel (459 yards). 

Whitehouse Tunnel (191 yards) follows quickly after and then we reach the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct 126 feet above the River Dee. Immediately after the aqueduct, there is a ninety degree turn as the canal continues its short journey to Llangollen. This stretch of the canal is very narrow and slower with one-way working in places. We finish our cruise in the marina at Llangollen.

Cruise 19 - Chester - Llangollen (Via Ellesmere Port and the National Waterways Museum)

Date - 24 Sep - 1 Oct 

Route Details:

78 Miles

35 Locks

10 Moveable Bridges

12 Aqueducts

3 Tunnel

Canals/Rivers:

Shropshire Union Canal

Llangollen Canal

Duration - 7 Nights

Cruise Details - On leaving Northwich, we rise up in the magnificent Anderton Boat Lift and turn right to head for Middlewich, skirting around the environs of industrial Northwich. We cruise through pleasant countryside equally beautiful to many other stretches in the country. 

Reaching Middlewich, we turn right to join the 11 miles of the Middlewich Arm, which is all open country, punctuated by 4 locks. At Barbridge Junction, we join the Shropshire Union main line and follow a brief stretch of this canal until we reach Hurleston Junction. 

Afterwards, we turn right onto the Llangollen Canal and immediately climb the four locks by Hurleston Reservoir. 

The canal travels through lovely scenery and reaches Wrenbury, where we encounter the first of several lift bridges. We continue until we reach Grindley Brook with its three chamber staircase lock. After Grindley Brook, the canal crosses Whixall Moss, a bog rich in flora and fauna. 

Over the next few miles there are several meres (small lakes formed in the Ice Age) on either side of the canal, which are followed by the short Ellesmere Tunnel (87 yards). Ellesmere town is at the end of a short arm. A few miles further on comes Frankton Junction, where we continue past up to New Marton Locks, the last of the canal, and cross the Chirk Aqueduct overlooked by the railway viaduct and into Chirk Tunnel (459 yards). 

Whitehouse Tunnel (191 yards) follows quickly after and then we reach the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct 126 feet above the River Dee. Immediately after the aqueduct, there is a ninety degree turn as the canal continues its short journey to Llangollen. This stretch of the canal is very narrow and slower with one-way working in places. We finish our cruise in the marina at Llangollen.