Barton 'Tank' over the Manchester Ship Canal

Narrowboat Hire – Bridgewater Canal

A hire boat cruise along the Bridgewater Canal takes you on a level route through pleasant countryside overlooking the River Mersey. The canal is deep, straight and wide and cruising can be surprisingly rapid!

  • Look out for the Barton Tank, a girder swing-bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal which still swings out of the way to allow sea-going ships into Manchester Docks.
  • Take the Leigh Branch to meet up with the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Wigan, or the Rochdale Canal which climbs the Pennines into Yorkshire or forms part of the popular Cheshire Ring (below).
  • Explore the Castlefields basins in central Manchester, a fascinating complex of warehouses and wharves beneath the overhead railway lines and modern tower blocks.
  • See the original coal mines at Worseley where coal was brought out from an underground maze of waterways on narrow craft called ‘Starvationers’. The improved transport halved the price of coal in Manchester, making the Duke of Bridgewater a very rich man and helping kick-start the industrial revolution.
Ex Cotton Mill on the Leigh Branch.

Boat Hire from family firms on or around the Bridgewater Canal

Floating Holidays

Located on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Floating Holidays have lovely traditional and modern boats, large and small for all parties. For couples breaks through to a boat that will comfortably accommodate 10 people.

Heritage Narrowboats

Heritage Narrowboats
offering 'quality graded' Narrowboats to cruise the Cheshire & Four counties Rings and beyond. Or why not have a day out on the canal on one of our 12 person dayboats.

Worsley Day Boat Hire

Worsley Day Boat Hire. Worsley Day Boats is a family owned hire business situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Worsley. Ideally located for a leisurely days cruise we are within easy reach of RHS Bridgewater gardens or central Manchester.

Canal Rings

The Cheshire Ring
links the Bridgewater Canal with the Ashton & Peak Forest Canals, the Trent and Mersey Canal & the Macclesfield Canal.

The Pennine Ring
includes the Leigh branch of the Bridgewater Canal and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the Rochdale Canal or the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

More Information

Holiday Cruising Guide to the Bridgewater Canal.

More North West hire firms or narrowboat hire firms in other canal areas.

Day hire boats to cruise with a few friends for a few hours.

Help to choose the right canal boat for your holiday.

Plus lots more advice and tips in our Canal Holiday Advice.

Our Listings

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Macclesfield Canal

Heritage Narrowboats
Station Rd, Scholar Green, Stoke-on-Trent ST7 3JZ.
01782 785700

Trent and Mersey Canal

Floating Holidays
Middlewich Wharf, 1 Canal Terrace, Middlewich CW10 9BD
03300 430547

Day Hire

Thorn Marine
164A London Rd, Stockton Heath, Warrington WA4 6LE.
Worsley Day Boat Hire
Dayboat Office, Worsley Dry Docks, Worsley, Manchester M28 2WN.
07823 825050

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