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Cruise 1. Stone to Northwich.  (via the Anderton Boat Lift)  1st April to 8th April  for 7 Nights.
39 Miles, 48 Locks, 1 tunnel.

After leaving our Friendly mooring at Stone. This cruise takes us through the Potteries with the Potteries Industrial Museum at Etruria. We travel through the Harecastle Tunnel (2926 yards) which is the remaining tunnel of three built. The first canal tunnel had to be closed because of subsidence. The third was a railway tunnel, which was closed when the railway was re-routed. At Red Bull we start the descent towards Wheelock through a flight of 26 locks aptly named 'Heartbreak Hill'. Passing through the salt producing area we arrive at Middlewich then on towards the Anderton Lift. Leaving the lift we turn left on the River Weaver and cruise quietly towards Northwich with it very interesting Salt Museum.

For More info Click on links:   Anderton Boat Lift.

Nearest Railway Stations:  Stone, - Stock on Trent, - Stafford, - Northwich.
Cruise 2. Northwich to Llangollen (via the Anderton Boat Lift)   8th April to 16th April  For 8 Nights.
68 Miles and 30 Locks. 12 Moveable Bridges,  3 Aqueducts, 3 Tunnels, & 1 Boat Lift.

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 equal to many other beautiful 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 and 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 is 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.

For More info Click on links: Llangollen Steam Railway. :  Anderton Boat Lift.Aqueduct  : 

Nearest Railway Stations :   Northwich, - Crewe, - Ruabon.
Cruise 3.  Ellesmere to Middlewich  (Via Llangollen.)  19th April to 27th April  for 8 Nights.
74 miles, 27 locks, 12 moveable bridges,  5 tunnels, 4 major aqueducts.

We leave Ellesmere town, A few miles to Frankton Junction where we continue past up to New Marton Locks, wind our way to 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 arrive in Llangollen where we retrace our steps back to Ellesmere, Turning sharp right at the junction we soon enter Ellesmere tunnel and out to run alongside the meres and open countryside towards Whitchurch and Grindley Brook with it staircase locks. Keeping in tune with the rural scene we slowly cruise towards Hurleston descending the four locks onto the Shropshire Union to Barbridge junction and the Middlewich Arm. Passing through rich farmland and 4 locks we reach Middlewich.

Nearest Railway Stations:  Chirk, - Gobowen, - Winsford, - Crewe.
Cruise 4 Middlewich to Stone  (via the Caldon)  28th April to 6th May. for  8 Nights.
​66 miles, 76 locks,  8 Movable Bridges, 3 Tunnels.
 
Middlewich which is know for it Dairy, Silk products and brine (the source of salt).  As we leave Middlewich you should see a large salt factory and salt mountain.
We head for Heartbreak Hill, a flight of 26 mostly in open countryside, We travel on past Hardings Wood Junction to Harecastle Tunnel which in places is extremely low but is one of our favorite, because it's one way. After leaving the tunnel we pass a large and long tile factory, soon to pass Westport lake. At Etruria we turn onto the Caldon Canal, which is acknowledged to be one of the  most picturesque on the inland waterways. We pass through Hanley, the main town of 'The five towns' of the Potteries. The first part of the canal is through the industrial landscape before reaching open country. There are several lift bridges and at Stockton Brook a flight of five locks raises the canal over 40 feet into stone wall country. The canal passes under the Leek branch at Hazelhurst Junction and continues on to Cheddleton where there is one of several flint mills, which supplied flint to the pottery trade. Beyond Oak Meadow Ford lock the canal joins the river Churnet. We continue for a further two miles and turn round at Flint Mill Lock and retrace our journey to Hazelhurst Junction, time allowing we make a very sharp left turn on to the leek branch for about 2 miles, we then turn around at bridge nine and retrace our steps back to the Trent and Mersey Canal, Turning left we immediately descend five locks, passing old factories, and two bottle kilns which have been restored amongst new apartments. Descending one lock at Barlaston and the Wedgwood factory. We continue to descend past Meaford and on towards Stone. 


For More info Click on Links:  Middlewich : Stone

Nearest Railway Station:  ​Stone, - Stock on Trent, - Stafford. - ​Winsford, - Crewe.
​​Cruise 5 Stone to Warwick   (via Hawkesbury Junction.)  10th May to 19th May For 9 Nights.
96 miles, 53 locks, 3 moveable bridges, 15 small aqueducts or underbridges and 1 tunnel.

We leave our friendly mooring in the canal town of Stone on the Trent & Mersey canal, which we follow through a series of isolated locks to Great Haywood, where we pass close to Shugborough Hall, the home of Earl of Lichfield, which now belongs to the National Trust. we continue through this lovely countryside near Cannock Chase, an area of outstanding natural beauty at Fradley junction we turn right onto the Coventry canal. Then we travel past Fazeley junction to the two locks at Glascote. Eleven locks at Atherstone complete our climb to the level of the Ashby canal. We pass the Ashby canal at Marston junction we continue on to Hawkesbury junction where the greyhound pub is, Turning left here, and our first lock but only a stop lock about a foot, Traveling on we will go under the M69 the canal runs through quiet farmland and passes a pretty Boat Inn Cottage before we reach All Oaks Wood. Soon we go through newbold Tunnel 250 yards, now we are on the outskirts of Rugby. Travelling a further four miles we arrive at Hillmorton Locks. now we are heading to Braunston which is regarded as the heart of the canal system, and the village on its hill is not to be missed. staying on the Oxford canal we turn right at Braunston Turn to Napton Junction. Where we leave the Oxford Canal and continue along the Grand Union. We descend through wide locks from now on starting with Calcutt, Stockton, Bascote, Fosse and Radford locks. The canal then passes through Royal Leamington Spa and onto Warwick where our journey ends at Saltisford Canal Centre.

For More info Click on links: Hawkesbury Junction : Saltisford Canal Canal Center Warwick Castle :

Nearest Railway Stations:  Stone, - Stafford, - Warwick,  Leamington Spa.
Cruise 6  Warwick to Warwick  (Via Stratford)   19th May to 27th May for 8 Nights.
110 Locks, 41 Miles, 2 Tunnels, 2 Aqueducts.

Upon leaving our helpful mooring in The Saltisford Arm Warwick we soon reach the foot of, ‘The Stairway to Heaven”, the Hatton flight of twenty-one locks. At the top of these is Shrewley Tunnel (433 yards) leading to Kingswood Junction at Lapworth, where the Grand Union is linked by a short arm to the Stratford Canal. We take this link and join the Stratford by a re-opened channel between two cottages, one of which has a barrel roof, a feature of this canal. Another feature is the design of the bridges, which have a slot through the middle of them to take the horses rope, to save it having to be removed. Passing through Lowsonford and Preston Bagot, we arrive at Wootton Wawen and cross the A3400 on an iron aqueduct. At Edstone is another aqueduct which at 200 yards, is one of the longest in the country. The canal passes close to Mary Arden’s House at Wilmcote (She was Shakespeare’s mother). We now start the descent of sixteen lock to enter Bancroft Basin in Stratford, After staying a night we retrace or route back to Warwick.

For More info Click on links:  Saltisford Canal Center    :   Warwick Castle  :  Stratford upon Avon :

Nearest Railway Stations:  Warwick, - Leamington Spa.
Cruise 7,   Warwick to Oxford (Thrupp)  31st May to 7th June for 7 Nights.
59 Lock, 56 Miles,  2 Moveable Bridges.

We leave our mooring at Warwick soon passing the cape of good Hope Locks.Heading and passing through Royal Leamington Spa we travel onto Welsh Lane and Fosse Way locks, now we soon tackle the locks at stockton and then onto the locks at calcutt. we now have little run onto Napton Junction this is where we turn right onto  the Oxford, we eventually clear the nine locks and pass Marston Doles , the canal meanders passing Fenny Compton, we soon desend a flight of locks claydon. We pass Cropredy village with its sleepy Churchyard, just after Banbury we go under the M40 passing even more quite locks you can see the church  spire at King's Sutton. Aynho  Weir we briefly cross the River cherwell. we reach Somerton, next after this we follow the valley for many miles, We continue on to our final stop at Thrupp.

Nearest railway station:  Warwick :  Leamington Spa, - Oxford.
Cruise 8.  Banbury to Stratford, 10th June to 17th June for 7 Nights. 7 Nights.
57 miles and 99 locks. There are at least 2 Moveable Bridges 1  small aqueduct, 1 tunnel and 1 large aqueduct.

Leaving our moorings in Banbury we head towards Napton Junction on the way we cruise through Cropredy Village, After 9 locks we come to Wormleighton Reservoir then Fenny Compton Tunnel where the top was taken off. Meandering on down to 9 locks to Napton on the Hill then Napton Junction we leave the Oxford canal on to the Grand Union Canal. We descend through wide locks from now on starting with Calcutt, Stockton, Bascote, Fosse and Radford locks. The canal then passes through Royal Leamington Spa and onto Saltisford Canal Centre in Warwick, Then it's on up the Hatton flight of twenty-one locks. Know as ‘The Stairway to Heaven”, At the top of these is Shrewley Tunnel (433 yards) leading to Kingswood Junction at Lapworth, where the Grand Union is linked by a short arm to the Stratford Canal. We take this link and join the Stratford by a re-opened channel between two cottages, one of which has a barrel roof, a feature of this canal. Another feature is the design of the bridges, which have a slot through the middle of them to take the horses rope, to save it having to be removed. Passing through Lowsonford and Preston Bagot, we arrive at Wootton Wawen and cross the A3400 on an iron aqueduct. At Edstone is another aqueduct which at 200 yards, is one of the longest in the country. The canal passes close to Mary Arden’s House at Wilmcote (She was Shakespeare’s mother). We now start the descent to Stratford, which we reach after sixteen locks, and arrive in the Bancroft Basin close to the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. 

For More info Click on links:  Stratford Upon Avon :

Nearest Railway Stations : Banbury, - Stratford.​
Cruise 9, Stratford to Warwick,  (via Birmingham) 17th June to 25th June for 8 Nights.
56 miles, 105 locks. 4 Bridges, 1 Major Aqueduct 5 Tunnels.

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​Nearest Railway Station:  Stratford, - Warwick, 
​Cruise 10. Warwick to Atherstone. 28th June to 4th July for 6 Nights.
53 Miles, 34 Locks,  1 Moveable Bridge,  1 tunnel. 

Leaving our mooring at Warwick. We descend towards the valley of the River Avon at Leamington Spa. Then we begin to climb slowly and will continue to do so for many miles through Radford, Fosse and Bascote locks. We arrive at 8 locks at Stockton, with various reminders of the former days of clay quarrying here. We climb three more locks at Calcutt. Then we pass a reservoir on our right soon to join the joint Grand Union. Turning left towards Braunston, We turn left at Braunston turn heading towards Rugby.  Then Brinklow Stretton Stop with is small swing footbridge, Continuing we pass under the M6 motorway bridge the canal winds in open landscape and beyond Ansty. Then onto our favourite junction which is Hawkesbury. (also known as Sutton Stop)  Here we turn right onto Coventry arm passing a engine house, soon passing Marston Junction, heading on towards Nuneaton, Mancetter then at Atherstone we travel down seven locks to our destination.

Nearest Railway Stations:,  Warwick, - Leamington Spa, - Atherstone.​
Cruise 11, Atherstone to Nottingham.  5th July to 11th July for 6 Nights.
60 miles, 30 locks, 2 Moveable Bridges.

Leaving Atherstone we travel down 6 locks towards Polesworth and under the M42, soon arriving at Tamworth, we see some well kept gardens, then two locks (very slow filling). After Fazeley Junction we continue on soon passing farmland, after the village of Coton we pass a army shooting range, (Looks like it's disused). A few more villages we travel alongside the busy A38 an old roman road.  At Fradley Junction which is very popular with Gongoozlers (spectators), where you can see the Swan Pub a famous canal landmark,  Turning right onto the Trent & Mersey Canal​ towards Alrewas, Now known for The National Arboretum which was officially opened to the public in May 2001. Then we join the River Trent for a short time, After a few miles we arrive at Burton Upon Trent, Know for it's Breweries. One more narrow lock in Burton Upon Trent. After 7 miles we start to descend wide and very deep locks, still in open countryside there is plenty of man made lakes which are old Gravel Quarries. After a few flood locks we join Sawley cut and Trent Junction where we carry straight on to Cranfleet cut, soon joining The River Trent and passing Attenborough Nature Reserve,  One more lock at Beeston we are now on Beeston Cut with a large factory of Boots the Chemist. Soon arriving at our destination on The Nottingham Canal. 

For more info click on links: The Arboretum Alrewas​ : Nottingham

Nearest Railway Station:  Atherstone, - Nottingham. 
Cruise 12, Nottingham to Market Harborough, 12th July to 18th July for 6 Nights.
58 miles, 45 locks.  2 moveable bridges, 6 small aqueducts or underbridges and 1 tunnel. 

Leaving our moorings in Nottingham we soon leave Beeston cut and join the River Trent after Beeston lock. On our right Attenborough Nature Reserve then to Trent flood lock. At Trent Junction we turn left onto the River Soar, travelling upstream we climb Kegworth Deep Lock near to Kegworth, You might hear motor racing in the distance coming from Castle Donington. After going though Zouch lock we soon approach Loghborough with two locks and plenty of gardens to see. Passing Barrow-Upon-Soar we wind our way towards Leicester travelling up four locks, and to our right you will see Watermead Country Park.  Sailing through Leicester with a few large ornamental bridges and Leicester Football Stadium to our left next to a large weir. After climbing eleven locks we arrive at Kilby Bridge where we are now travelling in open countryside with spaced out locks and then Saddington Tunnel (880 yards). about three more miles we reach Foxton Junction where we turn left passing the bottom of Foxton Locks, (there may be time for a look around) with its staircase of ten locks arranged in two five lock flights. To the side of the locks is the site of the incline plane, which was built to replace the locks, but was not a success, and fell into disrepair. There is a museum here which has exhibits demonstrating how the incline plane worked.  Now on the Market Harborough Arm we wind our way to our mooring in the Basin.

Nearest Railway Stations : Nottingham, - Market Harborough.
Cruise 13, Market Harborough to Leighton Buzzard. 18th July To 25th July For 7 Nights.
70 miles, 38 locks, 2 Moveable Bridge, 1 Aqueduct, and 3 tunnels.

We leave Market Harborough and travel to the bottom of Foxton Locks, which are two staircases of five locks each. At the side of the locks is the site of an incline plane and a museum, which has exhibits which demonstrates how it worked. At the top of the locks is a long lock-free pound to the top of Watford Locks, which are also a staircase. Soon after the bottom of these is Norton Junction where we turn onto the main line of the Grand Union Canal and continue down Buckby Locks, and we wind our way through Weedon and on to Gayton Junction where the Northampton Arm leads to the River Nene. Soon after we reach Blisworth Tunnel (3056 yards) and Stoke Bruerne with its waterways museum from here we now descend 7 locks. At Cosgrove Village look out for Soloman's Bridge, Turning left we drop down a lock, Now lock free round Milton Keynes until Fenny Stratford which is only 1 foot 1 inch. 7 more miles & 5 locks with open landscape we reach our destination Leighton Buzzard.

For More info Click on links :  Market Harborough : Blisworth Tunnel : Stoke Bruerne :. 

Nearest Railway Stations :  Market Harborough, -  Leighton Buzzard.​
Cruise 14, Leighton Buzzard to Market Harborough.  26th July to 2nd Augs for 7 Nights.

38 Locks, 70 Miles, 2 Moveable Bridges, 1 Aqueduct, 3 Tunnels.

As we leave our mooring at Leighton Buzzard the canal enters the valley of the Ouzel and meanders sharply soon to arrive at the Soulbury flight of three locks and another at Stoke Hammond. Soon passing  Fenny Stratford  and Milton Keynes  Heading on towards Old Wolverton and Cosgrove after 6 miles we arrive at Stoke Bruerne home of the BW Waterways Museum. Then it's onto Blisworth Tunnel which is the third longest waterway in Britain open to navigation.  At Gayton junction we pass the GUC Northampton Arm which branches away to the north east, We continue North west entering a relatively empty stretch of agricultural land and open fields falling away to the north and steep hill to the south, As it approaches Bugbrooke and onto Weeden a quiet open stretch follows. Onto Norton Junction where we turn right onto the Leicester Section. After climbing the Watford Locks we reach the long lock-free pound to Foxton with its staircase of ten locks arranged in two five lock flights. To the side of the locks is the site of the incline plane, which was built to replace the locks, but was not a success, and fell into disrepair. At the bottom of the locks we turn into the Market Harborough Arm and wind our way into the town.

Nearest Railway Stations:  Leighton Buzzard, -  Market Harborough.
Cruise 15. Market Harborough to Stone, 2nd Augs to 11th Augs for 9 Nights.

​Leaving our moorings we travel along the arm until we reach Foxton Junction turning right onto the Grand Union Canal - Leicester Section traveling towards Debdale Wharf, after 2 miles of meandering we arrive at Saddington Tunnel (880 yards ) soon to be at Kibworth top lock we descend 5 locks the last been Cranes lock after 6 miles and 11 lock we arrive at south Wigston after Hore lock and winding canal we soon enter the outskirts of Leicester, we carry on passing Watermead country park and passing Barrow-Upon-Soar. After 3 miles we approach Loghborough now heading towards Zouch and Zouch lock soon arriving at Devils Elbow traveling down stream we keep here to the right here. At this point the A6 and the River Sour almost touch, Traveling a mile on we enter Kegworth Deep lock and onto Kegworth Shallow lock then to the Trent Junction where we turn left heading for the ​Trent & Mersey Canal soon we arrive at Shardlow. We continue on and passing Weston-On-Trent, Swarkestone, Willington, & Burton Upon Trent when we pass bridge 36 the Ryknild road follows the canal (roman road) 4 miles on we arrive at Alrewas where the River Trent goes across the canal. Heading for Fradley Junction we may see some Gongoozlers (spectators) Leaving the activity behind we enter quiet countryside as we wind our way towards Armitage passing the Armitage pottery and church, and Rugeley, Pleasant surroundings continue as we approach Shugborough Park with its impressive hall. At Great Haywood Junction Stone is only 6 locks away where this journey ends.

​Nearest Railway Stations:  Market Harborough, - Stone, - Stock on Trent, - Stafford.  
Cruise 16. Stone to Stone, The Four Counties Ring (clockwise)  15th Augs to 25th Augs for 10 Nights.

110 miles, 93 locks. There are at least 22 small aqueducts or underbridges and 2 tunnels.

We leave the canal town of Stone on the Trent & Mersey canal, to Great Haywood. Here we turn right under a bridge to enter the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal. Passing over the River Trent we next come to Tixall Wide, Passing on through the tiny villages of Milford and Acton Trussell, we reach Penkridge, Winding our way through wooded countryside, we reach Gailey where we pass under Watling Street to find the quaint round lock keeper's cottage by the lock, By twists and turns, we reach Autherley Junctions making a right turn to a stop lock we are immediately made aware of Telford’s influence as after a long stretch of open countryside we pass through deep shadowy sandstone cuttings and high embankments. After which we arrive at Norbury junction. We continue through uncluttered countryside towards Tyrley where we encounter our first flight of locks of five and descend towards Market Drayton. descending the beautifully locks at Adderly and Audlem, passed Hack Green locks climbing towards Nantwich, Shortly after leaving Nantwich we turn right at Barbridge Junction and head for the Trent & Mersey canal at Middlewich. Here we turn right and straight away start to ascend locks. This is just a taste of the climb to come as we start to ascend what the working boatmen called 'Heartbreak Hill'. we pass under an aqueduct where The canal water is stained bright orange by deposits in the hills, and we await our turn to enter the magnificent Harecastle tunnel. This is over a mile and half long, Emerging from the far end of the tunnel, we enter the Potteries We descend Stoke locks and pass the Wedgwood Centre at Barlaston. Meaford locks make a pleasant interlude before we arrive at the canal town of Stone.

Nearest Railway Stations:  Stone, Stock on Trent, and Stafford.
Cruise 17. Stone - Whaley Bridge.  30th Augs to 5th Sept For 6 Nights. 
48 miles and 25 locks, 5 moveable bridges; 11 small aqueducts or under bridges and 1 tunnel. 

After leaving our mooring at Stone. This cruise takes us through the Potteries with the Potteries Industrial Museum at Etruria. We travel through the Harecastle Tunnel (2926 yards) which is the remaining tunnel of three built. The first canal tunnel had to be closed because of subsidence. The third was a railway tunnel, which was closed when the railway was re-routed. After the tunnel we turn onto the Macclesfield canal, which is very beautiful as it winds its way through the Peak District. Then on to the Peak Forest Canal and follow the valley of the River Goyt into Whaley Bridge. and onto the magnificent Bugsworth basin.

Nearest Railway Stations:  Stone, Stoke on Trent, Stafford, -  Whaley Bridge.
Cruise 18. Whaley Bridge to Northwich (via the Anderton Boat Lift) 6th Sept To 13th Sept  For 7 Nights.
51 miles, 44 locks, 

Leaving our mooring at Bugsworth basin we cruise towards Marple passing the Goyt Valley Marple enjoying extensive views as the canal is perched high on the hillside. At Marple Junction we swing left to join the Macclesfield Canal and continue our journey through Marple, Higher Poynton, Bollington and Macclesfield. Just south of Macclesfield in a truly tranquil setting we descend the flight of 12 locks at Bosley dropping the boats 118 feet in a mile. Turning onto the Trent and Mersey Canal at Red Bull Junction we start the descent towards Wheellock through a flight of 26 locks aptly named 'Heartbreak Hill'. Passing through the salt producing area we arrive at Middlewich, We then head on towards the Anderton Boat Lift, Known as The Cathedral of the Canals this wrought iron feat of engineering was built in 1875 to connect the Canal to the Weaver Navigation, 50ft below and is a ‘must see’ for any canal enthusiast. Once we Descend the lift we turn left on the River Weaver and cruise to Northwich.

For More info Click on links:   Anderton Boat Lift.

Nearest Railway Stations :   Whaley Bridge, -  Northwich.
Cruise 19. Northwich to Llangollen (via the Anderton Boat Lift)   13th Sept to 21st Sept  For 8 Nights.
68 miles and 30 locks. 12 moveable bridges,  3 aqueducts, 3 tunnels, & 1 Boat Lift.

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 equal to many other beautiful 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 and 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 is 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.

For More info Click on links: Llangollen Steam Railway. :  Anderton Boat Lift. : Aqueduct  : 

Nearest Railway Stations :   Northwich, - Crewe, - Ruabon.
Cruise 20.  Ellesmere to Middlewich  (Via Llangollen.)  26th Sept to 4th Oct for 8 Nights.

74 miles, 27 locks.  12 moveable bridges, 2 are usually left open, 10 small aqueducts or underbridges, 5 tunnels, 4 major aqueducts.

We leave Ellesmere town, A few miles to Frankton Junction where we continue past up to New Marton Locks, wind our way to 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 arrive in Llangollen where we retrace our steps back to Ellesmere, Turning sharp right at the junction we soon enter Ellesmere tunnel and out to run alongside the meres and open countryside towards Whitchurch and Grindley Brook with it staircase locks. Keeping in tune with the rural scene we slowly cruise towards Hurleston descending the four locks onto the Shropshire Union to Barbridge junction and the Middlewich Arm. Passing through rich farmland and 4 locks we reach Middlewich.

For More info Click on links: Llangollen Steam Railway. :  Anderton Boat Lift. : Aqueduct  : 

Nearest Railway Stations:   Chirk, - Gobowen, -  Winsford, - Crewe.
Cruise 21. Middlewich to Birmingham. (Via Shropshire Union Canal)  5th Oct to 12th Oct , for 7 Nights.

71 miles and 56 locks. There are at least 18 small aqueducts or underbridges and 3 tunnels.

Leaving Middlewich we soon reach open country side and passing under a Rail Bridge, Meandering towards Church Minshull now the home of a new Marina. We carry on to Barbridge Junction where we turn left on the Shropshire Union Canal known as The "Shropie", Then pass Hurleston Junction heading for Nantwich & a small Aqueduct over A534 Chester Road. Continuing to Hack Green (known for a secret bunker) after 2 locks it's a run up to Audlem and 15 locks, Leaving the top lock and 2 miles we arrive at Adderley climbing 5 locks soon to be at Market Drayton. On Leaving we have 5 more locks at Tyrley locks, then on to Woodseaves Cuttings (a very deep rock cutting). Cruising on you will see a high bridge with a extra arch with a short telegraph mast built across it. Arriving at Norbury Junction there is a hive of activity with a few boat yards one been a large Water ways yard. After filling up with water etc we carry on to Brewood then soon arriving at a stop lock at Autherly Junction turning right here a mile or so we leave the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal at Adersley Junction immediately turn left we enter Wolverhampton Flight of 21 locks, at the top lock it's a few miles to Birmingham passing some canal loops on the way. 

Nearest Railway Stations:   Winsford, - Crewe, - Birmingham.
Cruise 22. Warwick to Stratford-upon-Avon.   19th Oct to 24th Oct.

5 Nights, 56 locks, 20 miles, 1 tunnel.

Upon leaving our helpful mooring in The Saltisford Arm Warwick we soon reach the foot of, ‘The Stairway to Heaven”, the Hatton flight of twenty-one locks. At the top of these is Shrewley Tunnel (433 yards) leading to Kingswood Junction at Lapworth, where the Grand Union is linked by a short arm to the Stratford Canal. We take this link and join the Stratford by a re-opened channel between two cottages, one of which has a barrel roof, a feature of this canal. Another feature is the design of the bridges, which have a slot through the middle of them to take the horses rope, to save it having to be removed. Passing through Lowsonford and Preston Bagot, we arrive at Wootton Wawen and cross the A3400 on an iron aqueduct. At Edstone is another aqueduct which at 200 yards, is one of the longest in the country. The canal passes close to Mary Arden’s House at Wilmcote (She was Shakespeare’s mother). We now start the descent to Stratford, which we reach after sixteen locks, and arrive in the Bancroft Basin close to the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre.

For More info Click on links: Saltisford Canal Canal Center : Warwick Castle : Stratford upon Avon :

Nearest Railway Stations : Warwick, - Leamington Spa, - Stratford-upon-Avon.
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