Cheshire is a great place to have a boating holiday and the most popular form of boating holiday in this region is on a canal boat. There are plenty of reasons to choose a canal boat for your break and this is because of the famous Cheshire Ring! The Cheshire ring which is ninety-seven miles of canal and passes through bountiful countryside, picturesque villages and a city centre. You can hire a canal boat for as long as you like and discover all the ring or part of it, the choice is all yours.
To complete the whole of the Cheshire Ring will take ten days but there are many starting points along the way that you can enjoy short breaks of three days or long weekend boating getaways. Cheshire boating holidays have something to suite everyone’s budget and time constraints and that is what makes them so popular.
The boats themselves are truly things of great beauty and they are light, spacious and airy. They are fitted out with all the conveniences of modern life and the galley is fully equipped so this holiday can be totally self-catering. The bedrooms are nicely decorated and all bed linen is included, as are towels. Some companies provide a welcome aboard hamper with basic provisions, chocolate and wine. There is plenty of room on deck so you can sit out and watch the abundant wildlife and the stunning scenery as you drift along. Choose from a range of Cheshire Ring Boat Hire yards with a variety of boats, these boatyards start at different points of the canal network and these include Maestermyn Marina in Shropshire, Wrenbury Mill Marina, Whitchurch Marina and Heritage Narrowboats, and many more.
Cheshire Boating Holidays are great for families and groups of friends having a bit of a get together. The boats can accommodate up to eight people very comfortably in the larger ones and many of the boatyards have a good variety of boating options. A life on the waterways will suite a dog down to the ground and some are pet friendly, which means this is a holiday where everyone can get involved. Take turns in steering the boat and it is a team effort to negotiate a lock! Do not worry if you have not been on a boat before as full instruction is given before you set off.
There is much to see along the way and one of the highlights is the famous Anderton Boat Lift, Chester City Walls and you will pass through central Manchester. Stop off for a night out and do a bit of shopping and explore this cosmopolitan and vibrant city.
In contrast to the urban landscape of Manchester there is the Llangollen Canal, which travels through very beautiful and gentle countryside. You will pass over the Pontcysyllte aqueduct, which is one hundred and twenty feet high. Cheshire boating holidays will stay in your memory forever and you can always come back and explore some more of this stunning canal network.