The Cheshire Ring
The Cheshire Ring is a popular circular canal route, especially for hire boat holidays since it can be cruised in one week. Take two and take your time or do a bit more exploring.
- The Rochdale Canal leaves Castlefields in central Manchester heading for the Pennine Hils but the Cheshire Ring only takes the first couple of miles down the Rochdale Nine wide locks through the lively cafes and bars of the gay village and then below the city streets to Ducie Street Junction.
- The Ashton Canal climbs out of urban industrial east Manchester through the area which was regenerated after the Commonwealth Games came to Manchester in 2002.
- The Peak Forest Canal continues the climb into the Pennines, now through increasingly pleasant surroundings of the wooded Goyt Valley. Whalley Bridge is worth a detour.
- The Macclesfield Canal turns south and rides the edge of the Pennine hillsides through attractive and well presented stone towns & villages overlooking the Cheshire Plain.
- The Trent and Mersey Canal is reached via an unusual ‘fly-over’ junction at Hardings Wood then heads north through the salt towns of Middlewich and Northwich where the subsidence it caused can still be seen.
- The Bridgewater Canal runs parallel with the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal into Manchester on a single level, wide and deep and no locks for a welcome change!