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Two Week Cruises

Llangollen Canal
75 hours cruising (approx.)
100 locks
Up to the navigable limit in the welsh hills, the Llangollen combines all the elements of a scenic cruise with the unforgettable splendour of the Chirk and Pontcysyltte aqueducts.

Pearson's Canal Companion Guidebook

Updated for 2020. This extended 10th edition of Michael Pearson's Welsh Waters Canal Companion focusses on the Llangollen, Montgomery and Monmouthshire & Brecon canals in Wales, and the Shropshire Union Canal in England. Over 200 miles of canals expertly interpreted to inspire you, on foot, afloat or by bicycle.

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Cheshire Ring
90 - 110 hours cruising (approx. - depending on route taken)
160 - 186 locks (depending on route taken)
The Cheshire Ring can be used to extend the Four Counties Ring, and makes for a varied journey taking in the whole of the Macclesfield Canal and parts of the Trent and Mersey, Bridgewater, Rochdale, Ashton and Peak Forest Canals. It provides a complete range of canal scenery, including the upland vistas of the Macclesfield Canal as it skirts the edge of the Pennines, the gentle rolling Cheshire countryside, industrial areas and the lively city centre canalscape of Manchester. It has a variety of canal features including broad and narrow locks, aqueducts and tunnels. It also passes the historic Anderton Boat Lift near Northwich.

Pearson's Canal Companion Guidebook

Featured canals on the Cheshire Ring include the Trent & Mersey north of Kidsgrove, the Bridgewater Canal, the Ashton & Peak Forest Canals, and the Macclesfield Canal. Furthermore, this guide now additionally covers the adjoining South Pennine Ring

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Caldon Canal
60 hours cruising (approx.)
94 locks
One of the most delightful waterways in Britain providing memorable views as you cruise through on a 10 day or two week cruise.

Pearson's Canal Companion Guidebook

This Companion is the 9th edition of the perennially popular Four Counties Ring cruising circuit, but additionally features the whole of the Trent & Mersey Canal, the beautiful Caldon Canal and for the first time in this guide the curiously overlooked Weaver Navigation.

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Avon Ring
80 hours cruising (approx.)
129 locks
A wealth of interest awaits you on this superb two-week trip. Down to Stourport along the Severn and up the Avon to Stratford. You can then choose to return via Birmingham or to add more locks and return via Great Haywood. (Additional licence required for the Avon. Not recommended early or late season due to the likely flooding delays on rivers!)

Pearson's Canal Companion Guidebook

Includes the River Avon from Tewkesbury to Stratford; the Stratford-on-Avon Canal; the Worcester & Birmingham Canal; the Droitwich Canals; the River Severn from Stourport to Gloucester; the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal; the Cotswold Canals from Framilode to Lechlade; and the Grand Union Canal between Birmingham and Braunston.

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Why not plan your route in minute detail using canalplan.org.uk?

If you like technology then there is now a great canal map APP available for phones and tablets.
Why not download it and try it out? See https://opencanalmap.uk/