Popular Cruising Routes

Explore some of the most popular routes our customers take whilst aboard on of our narrowboats.

There are many routes that are likely to be on the bucket list for experienced boaters.  There are also those paths less well travelled which hide some stunning gems around the canal network.

Below are a selection of our top picks for you to explore and research for your next canal boating holiday. The guides are written as if you are departing and returning to our main base at Middlewich Wharf (Canal Terrace, Middlewich, Cheshire, CW10 9BD.   Details and directions can be found on our location page.

We will be updating our routes shortly to include guides to routes for the Llangollen & Caldon Canal as well as River Weaver with Anderton Boat Lift, Chester, Market Drayton & Manchester City Centre.  If you would like information on a particular route, whether included in the selection below or not, then please drop us an email info@floating-holidays.co.uk or call 0330 043 0547 or reach out to us through out Contact Us page.

When planning any journey by canal it is important to keep up to date with regards to the stoppages that may interrupt your journey. Stoppages are maintenance that may stop navigation and cruising and can be both planned and un-expected, either way they may block your route. They are unfortunately a fact of life on the canals and the place to find out the latest information for the majority of the canal network is by checking the Canal and River Trust Notices.

A note of thanks goes to Canal Plan which we find an incredibly useful resource for planning routes when assisting guests looking for something a little different. If your route isn’t featured here then we highly recommend heading to Canal Plan to check out your planned route, directions, if there are any stoppages, points of interest and most importantly …. where the pubs are along your journey!

When you arrive for your boating holiday we will have a selection of guide books and maps which you will be able to buy that make a great cruising aid and souvenir (the most popular being the Pearson or Collins Nicholsons guides)

There are also some handy mobile phone apps which can aid in navigating where you are on the waterway in relation to waterpoints, shops, locks, bridges, pubs, restaurants or other points of interest.  Open Canal has both an android or iphone based app for use on the go and a browser version which is a familiar google maps style map with the canal information overlayed, making it an intuitive tool for a large range of users.

 Another helpful tool if you are trying to find somewhere off the beaten track (most areas of canal outside of urban centres) or should you need to summon aid of emergency services is What3Words. This is also an android and iphone app with a web browser interface also. Essentially every part of the world has 3 random words assigned to each 3 metre square area making it simple to communicate a location and hone in on a location. For example when you collect your boat from Floating Holidays at Middlewich Wharf you will be boarding your boat at ///unicorns.scars.backpacks if you were looking to find the spot on What3Words.