The Cheshire Ring
Encompassing 6 different canals and passing through many of the best towns and cities in the North West of England including Manchester City Centre. Spanning 97 miles and 92 locks. A wonderful route for a week or more with lots to see and do along the route for all the family.
It is impossible to detail all of the myriad of sights, sounds, attractions and places of interest along this route as there are simply too many. But we will do our best to highlight those places worth stopping and exploring further, so that you can plan your itinerary to see those things that pique your interest the most.
Canal Side Attractions:
Detours; Bugsworth Basin & Whaley Bridge,
As you can see there is a long list of things to see and do along the canal, and I am sure we haven’t mentioned all of them. Theres so much to discover and explore!
The Cheshire Ring
97 miles, 92 locks, 5 moveable bridges, 48 aqueducts and 6 tunnels (1 mile, 4¾ furlongs underground). Total cruising time 53 hours, 30
Departing from our Poynton base you proceed through the rolling countryside you’ll next pass High Lane (plenty of shops and pubs here) and onwards to Marple. The Marple Locks where built quite a while after the canal and prior to their construction the cargo brought along the canal was unloaded in containerised hoppers onto horse drawn trams which would roll down the hill to be reloaded onto another boat at the bottom to continue it’s journey. With the then empty trams being dragged by horses back up the hill to start the process again. The Locks after being built significantly speeded up this part of the journey which as you can imagine was a serious bottle neck. If you take a walk around the area you can still see the remnants of the old horse drawn tramways just past the marina at Marple on the offside between the towpath and the busy strines road below.
At the Marple junction if you are to stop for the evening some highly recommended places to visit would be Dolce Vita (Italian Restaurant), The Navigation Inn, The Ring O Bells Pub and if your lucky enough to be there on the right evening why not take in a movie at the old neighbourhood picture-house the Regent Movie Theatre Cinema.
The Marple locks now drop you down through 16 chambers to the Lower Peak Forest Canal and you continue your journey into the suburbs of South Manchester towards Portland Basin, where the Portland Basin Museum is located on the junction, and then onto Manchester City Centre. The canal here twists and turns through residential housing areas and eventually leads to the junction with the Ashton Canal. Before this though you take a journey through your first tunnel at Hyde Bank and onwards over the Marple Aqueduct, an amazing piece of engineering given the limited tools of the time and certainly one of the canal highlights of your journey.
Once on the Ashton canal your journey into Manchester starts a proper. Many locks face you ahead so it’s best to get a good rest and have your “handcuff key” for the locks ahead ready as well as your strongest members of the lock wheeling crew. As you come into Manchester there are 24 locks before you reach Castlefield. If your planning to stop over in Manchester during your holiday we would recommend either New Islington in Ancoats (near The Northern Quarter & Etihad Stadium, the home of Manchester City FC) or Castlefield (Deansgate area of Manchester). In these areas there are good moorings which are considered the best in the town and also to be the safest. Also you have good access to bars restaurants and the other attractions of Manchester City Centre from both of these sites.
From Castlefield your now on the Bridgewater Canal for a considerable lock free stretch all the way to Preston Brook. Along the route you pass Old Trafford Stadium (why not stop in and take in a match and see Manchester United play) as well as the industrial areas of Trafford Park and affluent towns of Altrincham, Dunham Massey (a national trust estate), Lymm, Sale & Stockton Heath. The Bridgewater Canal is famous for many reasons, it is the first privatley built canal, linked the major trading cities of Manchester and Liverpool. Effectivley made Manchester a port city despite being around 30 miles inland. A really interesting brief history of the Bridgewater Canal can be found on the Bridgewater Canal Company Page Here.
At the end of the Bridgewater at Preston Brook the canal goes underground once more taking you through to Dutton, as you emerge the tunnel there is a stop lock again and shortly after the stop lock on the left hand side is Dutton Dry Dock. This covered structure once ran by the Railway company that once owned the canal and the cover bears a striking resemblance to Georgian railway stations with the design of the woodwork.
The most notable place along the route from hereon out is the Anderton Boat Lift. This decends the canal to the River Weaver below which goes all the way into the centre of the town of Northwich. An absolute marvel of Victorian engineering and still operating to this day. The boat lift still takes craft up and down to the level of the River Weaver and back up to the Trent and Mersey Canal. If you plan on going on the River Weaver please let us know so that we can book your passage before you depart and ensure you have the correct gear for the journey. Additional equipment is required when taking a canal boat on a river. Even if your not planning to go on the lift with your boat, it is well worth a visit to the Anderton Boat lift visitor centre.
There are a few locks left ahead which take you into Middlewich at Middlewich Top Wharf. A notable spot to take in on the way back, one is big lock as you come into Middlewich. It was designed to be wide enough to enable salt barges to come to Middlewich to take the salt cargo through to Preston Brook. However since the aqueduct at Croxton Lane was damaged by flooding in the early 20th Century it was rebuilt with a narrow channel, adding to the mystery as to why Middlewich Big Lock exists as the passage of wide barges isn’t possible past this point any longer.
Heading south along the Trent and Mersey Canal, there are a couple of locks which are a good distance apart and you weave your way out of the town and into the countryside before approaching the first challenge along this route, Heartbreak Hill. Aptly named as the canal here climbs to it’s summit via 31 locks over 12 miles.
After completing Heartbreak Hill you reach Kidsgrove and the Hardings Wood Junction that leads onto the Macclesfield Canal to being to head North. once through Red Bull Lock No 42 you take a right turn at 90 degrees onto the Macclesfield Canal gradually turning until you pass over on an aqueduct above the canal you have just been up. It is a rare location on the canal where one canal passess above or below another.
As you continue along the Macclesfield canal you will go through a small stop lock at Hall Green which has a drop of only a few inches. This seems like the most pointless lock until you realise that it prevents rival canal companies stealing each other’s water supply and allows the lock keeper to levy a toll to passing boats back in the day when passage on the canal was paid for when entering / leaving each section. Often at the locks on that stretch.
You continue through picturesque countryside until the town of Congleton, here there is a good fish and chip shop and also two lovely pubs just above the canal called The Queens Head and The Railway. Make sure your fresh for the next section however as coming up is the 12 locks across a mile stretch at Bosley, sweeping views reward your climb up the Bosley Flight of locks and there is also a water point at the summit, shower and toilet block with rubbish bins.
Next you are on your way to Macclesfield following the contours of the Peak District Hills along this canal all the way to the terminus of the Macclesfield Canal at the Village of Marple. On your way you will pass through Macclesfield itself, a large town built upon the silk industry. Just before Macclesfield you pass over Gurnett Aqueduct, with some great views up the valley and two stops worth exploring here are Sutton Hall and Ye Olde Kings Head Pub. Macclesfield itself announces your arrival with the imposing Hovis Mill abutting the canal at Macclesfield Marina with the Puss in Boots Pub opposite. Further on the next town is Bollington, which is a chocolate box village with pubs a plenty, two large mills up at the canal edge (Adelphi Mill and Clarence Mill), and it’s most famous landmark of White Nancy. White Nancy is a bowling pin shaped folly atop the hill overlooking the town built to celebrate The Duke of Wellington’s victory of Napoleon after the battle of Waterloo and has been a feature of the town since 1817.
There is another hour or two of straight forward cruising through beautiful countryside ahead from here until you return to base at Higher Poynton. Some guests enjoy stopping off the night before at either Poynton itself and popping into the Boars Head. Or 20 minutes from base at Lyme View Marina there is the Miners Arms. We hope you have enjoyed the Cheshire Ring and if there is anything you think could be added to this guide to help future guests please do let us know.
- Tetton Bridge
- Beware of the change in bridge profile when heading south.
- Wheelock Botto Lock No 66
- Towpath side lock appears intact but is closed.
- Wheelock Lock No 61
- The towpath-side lock is open, but marked as “narrow” and unsuitable for boats with a beam of over 6’10”
- Lower Thurlwood Lock No 54
- The towpath side lock is narrow and not suitbale for boats with a beam of over 6’10”
- Church Lawton Bottom Lock No 48
- The lock opposite the towpath side is apparently intact but closed.
- Red Bull Lock No 45
- Offside lock is not operational due to paddle problems.
- Buxton Road Bridge No 37
- The water-point has now been moved to Swettenham Maintenance Yard between Black Road Bridge No 38 and Swettenham Wharf.
- Chorlton Street Lock No 86
- there is no longer access to/from the towpath/Canal Street at this lock. Make sure you have your crew aboard after lock 85 or 87.
- Castlefield Junction
- Information for Canal & River Trust Licence Holders visiting the Bridgewater Canal. All C&RT craft are subject to the terms and conditions of the Bridgewater Canal whislst they remain on our waterway. C&RT licence holders may remain on the Bridgewater Canal for periods not exceeding seven consecutive days. C&RT craft wishing to extend beyond the 7 day reciprocal arrangement period must obtain a temporary short term Bridgewater Canal Licene at a cost of £40 for 7 consecutive days. If you wish to obtain a temporary short term Bridgewater Canal licence please contact the Bridgewater Canal Company on telephone 0161 629 8266. Any such costs or charges are the responsibilty of the hire boater.
- Preston Brook Tunnel
- Tunnel times are as follows:
- Northbound: open on the hour, and remains open until 10 past the hour.
- Southbound: open at half past the hour, and remains open until 20 to the hour.
- Tunnel times are as follows:
- Saltersford Tunnel
- Tunnel entry is as follows:
- Northbound: Entry on the hour until 20 minutes past the hour.
- southbound: Entry 30 minutes past the hour until 10 minutes to the hour.
- Tunnel entry is as follows:
- Barnton Road Bridge
- the bridge is on ta blind bend – care should be taken when approaching from either side.
|From Higher Poynton Winding Hole to:|
|Junction with High Lane Branch||1 mile, 5¼ furlongs, 0 locks|
High Lane Bridge No 11
High Lane. Also known as ‘High Lane’
|¾ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Shepleys Bridge No 4||1 mile, 5 furlongs, 0 locks|
Sutton’s Lane Bridge No 1
57yds of narrows precede the bridge
|5½ furlongs, 0 locks|
Junction of Macclesfield and Peak Forest Canals
|a few yards, 0 locks|
|Peak Forest Canal (Lower)|
|From Marple Junction (Junction of Macclesfield and Peak Forest Canals) to:|
|Marple Top Lock No 16||¼ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Marple Bottom Lock No 1 Having passed through Marple Locks (rise of 214 feet)||7¾ furlongs, 15 locks|
Over the River Goyt. Also known as ‘River Goyt Aqueduct’
|1½ furlongs, 1 lock|
|Hyde Bank Tunnel (southeastern entrance)||3¾ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Hyde Bank Tunnel No 15 (northwestern entrance) Having passed through Hyde Bank Tunnel (308 yards long)||1½ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Woodley Tunnel (southern entrance)||1 mile, 5¾ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Woodley Tunnel (northern entrance) Having passed through Woodley Tunnel (176 yards long)||¾ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Woodley Bridge No 12||1¼ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Footbridge No 11||1¼ furlongs, 0 locks|
Junction of Ashton Canal with the Peak Forest Canal. Also known as ‘Portland Basin’
|4 miles, 1 furlong, 0 locks|
|From Dukinfield Junction (Junction of Ashton Canal with the Peak Forest Canal. Also known as ‘Portland Basin’) to:|
Junction with the closed Hollinwood Branch. Access to Droylsden Marina.
|2 miles, 4 furlongs, 0 locks|
|Clayton Top Lock No 16||5¾ furlongs, 2 locks|
Junction with the closed Stockport Branch
|4½ furlongs, 6 locks|
|Clayton Bottom Lock No 8 Having passed through Clayton Locks||3½ furlongs, 2 locks|
|Ancoats Top Lock No 3 Having passed through Beswick Locks (rise of 38 feet and 7 inches)||1 mile, 4½ furlongs, 5 locks|
|Junction with Islington Branch (closed)||¾ furlongs, 2 locks|
|Ancoats Bottom Lock No 1 Having passed through Ancoats Locks||½ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Piccadilly Village||½ furlongs, 1 lock|
Ducie Street Junction
Junction of Rochdale and Ashton Canals
|2¼ furlongs, 0 locks|
|From Ducie Street Junction (Junction of Rochdale and Ashton Canals) to:|
|Chorlton Street Lock No 86 [see navigational note]||2¼ furlongs, 2 locks|
Castlefield Junction [see navigational note]
Junction of Bridgewater and Rochdale Canals
Having passed through Deansgate Tunnel
|7½ furlongs, 7 locks|
|Bridgewater Canal (Main Line)|
|From Castlefield Junction [see navigational note] (Junction of Bridgewater and Rochdale Canals) to:|
Hulme Locks Branch – Bridgewater Canal Junction
|2½ furlongs, 0 locks|
Pomona Lock Branch Junction
Junction of Bridgewater Canal and Branch to Manchester Ship Canal
|5½ furlongs, 0 locks|
Stretford – Waters Meeting
Junction of Bridgewater Canal Main Line and Stretford and Leigh Branch
|1 mile, 5½ furlongs, 0 locks|
Also known as ‘Stretford Marine Services Ltd’, ‘Marland Way Marina’
|2 furlongs, 0 locks|
Bridge Inn (Sale)
|1 mile, 6¾ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Sale Wharf||3¼ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Timperley Bridge No 33||1 mile, 4¾ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Oldfield Quay||1 mile, 2¾ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Seamon’s Moss Bridge No 29||2 furlongs, 0 locks|
River Bollin Aqueduct
270yds(247m) of narrow channel across aqueduct
|1 mile, 6¼ furlongs, 0 locks|
Ye Olde Number 3 PH
Ye Olde No 3 is a pub which has given its name to the general area.
|5¾ furlongs, 0 locks|
Lymm Bridge No 23
Lymm, footbridge is next to road bridge
|2 miles, 4¾ furlongs, 0 locks|
Golden Fleece PH
|a few yards, 0 locks|
Lymm Visitor Moorings
Resticted mooring, maximum stay 48 hours, no return in 3 days between Lymm Bridge and Brookfield Bridge. Also known as ‘Lymm’
|¼ furlongs, 0 locks|
Lumb Brook Underbridge
|4 miles, 2¾ furlongs, 0 locks|
Preston Brook – Waters Meeting
Junction of the Bridgewater Canal (Main Line) with the Bridgewater Canal (Preston Brook Branch)
|5 miles, 3¼ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Bridgewater Canal (Preston Brook Branch)|
|From Preston Brook – Waters Meeting (Junction of the Bridgewater Canal (Main Line) with the Bridgewater Canal (Preston Brook Branch)) to:|
|Midland Chandlers (Preston Brook)||½ furlongs, 0 locks|
Preston Brook Wharf
Ex Claymoore Holidays base
|½ furlongs, 0 locks|
Preston Brook [see navigational note]
Junction of Trent and Mersey Canal and Bridgewater Canal (Preston Brook Branch) – immediately north of Preston Brook Tunnel
|5¼ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Trent and Mersey Canal (Main Line – Middlewich to Preston Brook)|
|From Preston Brook [see navigational note] (Junction of Trent and Mersey Canal and Bridgewater Canal (Preston Brook Branch) – immediately north of Preston Brook Tunnel) to:|
|Preston Brook Tunnel (northern entrance)||½ furlongs, 0 locks|
Preston Brook Tunnel (southern entrance)
An extra 35 minutes has been allowed for this passage
Having passed through Preston Brook Tunnel (1239 yards long) [see navigational note]
|5¾ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Dutton Wharf Bridge No 212||1 mile, 1¼ furlongs, 1 lock|
|Acton Bridge No 209||1 mile, 2 furlongs, 0 locks|
|Saltersford Tunnel (western entrance)||1 mile, 6 furlongs, 0 locks|
|Saltersford Tunnel (eastern entrance) Having passed through Saltersford Tunnel (424 yards long) [see navigational note]||2 furlongs, 0 locks|
|Barnton Tunnel (western entrance)||2¼ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Barnton Tunnel (eastern entrance) Having passed through Barnton Tunnel (572 yards long)||2½ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Barnton Road Bridge [see navigational note]||¾ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Anderton Lift Junction (Trent and Mersey)||6½ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Anderton Winding Hole||½ furlongs, 0 locks|
The Paint Shed Moorings
Paintwork can be done here.
|2½ furlongs, 0 locks|
TATA Chemicals Works Footbridge 187A
Previously known as Northwich Chemical Works Footbridge 187A
|3 miles, 1 furlong, 0 locks|
|Broken Cross Bridge No 184||5½ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Orchard Marina||5½ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Park Farm Marina||1¾ furlongs, 0 locks|
River Dane crossing. Also known as ‘River Dane Aqueduct’
|3 miles, 7 furlongs, 0 locks|
|Middlewich Big Lock No 75||4 furlongs, 0 locks|
Middlewich Bridge No 172
Middlewich Town Centre
An extra 5 minutes has been allowed for the passage of Middlewich Big Lock No 75
|2½ furlongs, 1 lock|
|Middlewich Bottom Lock No 74||1¼ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Middlewich Top Lock No 72 Having passed through Middlewich Locks (rise of 32 feet and 7 inches)||¾ furlongs, 2 locks|
Junction of Trent and Mersey Canal Main Line with Wardle Lock Branch leading to Shropshire Union Middlewich Branch
|1¼ furlongs, 1 lock|
|Trent and Mersey Canal (Main Line – Harding’s Wood to Middlewich)|
|From Middlewich Junction (Junction of Trent and Mersey Canal Main Line with Wardle Lock Branch leading to Shropshire Union Middlewich Branch) to:|
|Tetton Bridge [see navigational note]||1 mile, 4½ furlongs, 2 locks|
|Elton Moss Wharf||2 miles, ½ furlongs, 3 locks|
Wharf Bridge No 154
Wheelock . Also known as ‘Wheelock’
|2 miles, 2½ furlongs, 0 locks|
Wheelock Bottom Lock No 66 [see navigational note]
Locks from here to Red Bull Top Lock are duplicated except where noted.
|2¼ furlongs, 0 locks|
Wheelock Lock No 61 [see navigational note]
Towpath-side lock is open but marked as “narrow” and unsuitable for boats over 6’10” (September 2013). Also known as ‘Clock Lock’, ‘Office Lock’, ‘Kimmick Lock’, ‘Cardboard Lock’
|6 furlongs, 5 locks|
Wheelock Flight Top Lock No 59
Malkin’s Bank Flight Nos 59 to 64. Also known as ‘Cork’s Lock’, ‘Maddock’s Lock’
Having passed through Wheelock Flight
|3 furlongs, 2 locks|
Lower Thurlwood Lock No 54 [see navigational note]
Towpath side lock is narrow and not suitable for boats over 6’10” (Sept 2013). Also known as ‘Woodall’s Lock’
|2 miles, 1¼ furlongs, 5 locks|
|Lawton Moorings||1 mile, 1½ furlongs, 2 locks|
|Church Lawton Bottom Lock No 48 [see navigational note] Having passed through Lawton Treble Locks||3¾ furlongs, 4 locks|
Red Bull Lock No 45 [see navigational note]
Townfield or Top of Church Pound Lock. Also known as ‘Townfield Lock’, ‘Top of Church Pound Lock’, ‘Kent’s Locks’
|6¼ furlongs, 3 locks|
Red Bull Services
Also known as ‘Red Bull Wharf’
|2¼ furlongs, 2 locks|
Hardings Wood Junction
Junction of Trent and Mersey Canal and Hall Green Branch
|5 furlongs, 3 locks|
|Trent and Mersey Canal (Hall Green Branch)|
|From Hardings Wood Junction (Junction of Trent and Mersey Canal and Hall Green Branch) to:|
|Red Bull Aqueduct||1 mile, 0 locks|
Hall Green Stop Lock
Junction of Macclesfield Canal and Hall Green Branch – Trent and Mersey Canal
|4 furlongs, 1 lock|
|From Hall Green Stop Lock (Junction of Macclesfield Canal and Hall Green Branch – Trent and Mersey Canal) to:|
|Ramsdell Hall||1 mile, 2¼ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Watery Lane Aqueduct||1 mile, 4¼ furlongs, 0 locks|
Also known as ‘Congleton’
|1 mile, 3¼ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Congleton Bridge No 61||3 miles, 2½ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Bosley Bottom Lock No 12||1 mile, 1¾ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Bosley Top Lock No 1 Having passed through Bosley Locks (rise of 110 feet)||1 mile, 11 locks|
|Royal Oak Swing Bridge No 49||1 mile, 6½ furlongs, 1 lock|
Also known as ‘Macclesfield Canal Centre’
|3 miles, 1 furlong, 0 locks|
|The Hovis Mill||¼ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Buxton Road Bridge No 37 [see navigational note]||¾ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Higherfold Bridge No 33||1 mile, ¼ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Woods Bridge No 30||6 furlongs, 0 locks|
Kerridge Bridge No 27
|1 mile, 3¾ furlongs, 0 locks|
|Higher Poynton Winding Hole||4 miles, ¼ furlongs, 0 locks|
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