Narrowboat Hire – Macclesfield Canal

A hire boat holiday along the Macclesfield Canal is full of interest, from the unusual ‘flyover’ junction with the Trent and Mersey at Hardings Wood, passing the Victorian folly of Mow Cop and timber framed Little Moreton Hall, climbing the beautiful locks at Bosley to and the interesting junction with the Peak Forest Canal at Marple in the Pennine hills.

Canalside Mill at Bollington

Canalside Mill at Bollington

  • Enjoy a very scenic cruise, along the edge of the Pennines, with fine views over the Cheshire Plain towards Manchester.
  • There are the beautiful stone cottages and imposing canalside cotton and silk mills, many now finding new use as enterprise centres or studio apartments.
  • Look out for Mow Cop folly, Alderley Edge and the amazing timber framed Little Moreton Hall.
  • Explore Macclesfield and Congleton, affluent now and well kept but still with a splattering of traditional shops, good beer pubs and Pennine charm.
  • The 12 narrow locks are easy to use and the 26 miles from Hardings Wood to Marple can be covered in 2 days, but why rush through such a delightlful setting?
  • Part of the Cheshire Ring, or you could take a relaxing trip up to Whalley Bridge on the Peak Forest Canal. Then there’s a much less relaxing trip for the energetic crews on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal over the Pennines into Yorkshire!

Boat Hire from family firms on or around the Macclesfield Canal

Canal Cruising Company

The Canal Cruising Company is located in the canal town of Stone. We are ideally placed for a number of out and back routes and circular routes. Our boats are 2 to 8 berths, all are ETC graded.

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.

Circular Canal Rings

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

The Four Counties Ring 
can be joined at Hardings Wood Junction at the bottom of the canal linking the Shropshire Union CanalTrent & Mersey Canal and the Staffs & Worcs.

More Information

Cruising Guide and map for the Macclesfield 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

Canal Cruising Company
Crown St, Stone ST15 8QN.
01785 813982
Floating Holidays
Middlewich Wharf, 1 Canal Terrace, Middlewich CW10 9BD
03300 430547

Day Hire

Freedom Boats Limited
Brook Street, Brook St, Macclesfield SK11 7AW.
Heritage Narrow Boats
Heritage Marina, Station Rd, Scholar Green, Stoke-on-Trent ST7 3JZ.
Liberty Cruising
Grimshaw Lane, Bollington, Macclesfield SK10 5NB.

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