The county of Cheshire has a fantastic network of canals and a good long distance route to take is the famous Cheshire Ring. You can start the journey from several places and it usually takes around fifty five hours of cruising time to complete. This can be done in a week but you may decide to take your time and extend this to ten days.
On the canal barge holidays in Cheshire you will pass through some very different landscapes such as the Peak District, the rolling Cheshire countryside and the lively city canal scape of Manchester.
The Cheshire Ring is ninety seven miles long and has ninety two locks. Do not be concerned if you have
never been on a boating holiday before as full training will be given before you set off. Steering the boat and helping to get through the locks provides great fun for the whole family. Canal Barge Holidays in Cheshire are great for team building exercises as everyone has to get involved and work together.
The boats can sleep from two to eight people (from most boatyards), some have larger boats, and they are spacious and very comfortable. They have a fully equipped galley areas and an open plan living area, plus, there is plenty of room on deck to sit out and take in the fresh air. Enjoy the scenery as you meander along at around four miles per hour.
You can stop off along the way to pick up provisions and perhaps visit a pub for a spot of lunch. Congleton is a good place to do this as it has a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants. You will see some fantastic feats of engineering along the way such as the Marple flight, which is a series of sixteen locks in a half a mile stretch.
Canal barge holidays in Cheshire are available for a short break should you not have time to complete the full circuit of the Cheshire Ring. There are many shorter journeys, which take as little as three days to complete, so there is something for all lengths of time. Canal barge holidays are a fantastic way to relax and forget about the stress of everyday life.