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The Cheshire Ring

The Cheshire Ring is a circuit made up of 6 main sections of canal in the North West of England, three of which run through Cheshire and Warrington;  the Macclesfield Canal, the Trent and Mersey Canal and the Bridgewater Canal.

The whole is 97 miles long, with 92 locks and takes 1 week to complete. Hire a narrowboat for a week or for the day and explore the beauty of Cheshire; many attractions, places to eat and visit are accessible from the canal side.

The Cheshire Ring provides a range of canalside scenery from the gentle rolling plains of the Cheshire countryside to the peaks of the Peak District National Park. There is a variety of canal features en-route including locks, aqueducts and tunnels plus the historic town centres of Northwich, Middlewich, Macclesfield and Congleton are within easy reach to explore.

See below for a list of the many attractions dotted along the way and canalside pubs available to stop off at for lunch or a quick drink.

Download the Cheshire Ring Map here.

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  1. Add Bollin Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Bollin Valley Way

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    Walking Route

    Add Bollin Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    The Bollin Valley Way is a 25 mile (40 km) recreational path shadowing the course of the River Bollin. The route starts at Macclesfield Riverside Park and finishes in Partington giving walkers a feel of the valley's variety.

  2. Add The Waggon & Horses to your Itinerary

    The Waggon & Horses

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    Pub/Inn

    Add The Waggon & Horses to your Itinerary

    Congleton

    In the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside close to the tiny village of Eaton lies the picture-postcard Waggon and Horses public house, ready to refresh the weary traveller with good food and ale.

  3. Add Walks for All - Macclesfield Riverside to your Itinerary

    Walks for All - Macclesfield Riverside

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    Walking Route

    Add Walks for All - Macclesfield Riverside to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    Situated in the delightful Bollin Valley, the Macclesfield Riverside Park provides a recreational park close to the heart of the town. The park has a variety of habitats and is a great place to watch wildlife.

  4. Add Cycle the Biddulph Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Cycle the Biddulph Valley Way

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    Cycle Route

    Add Cycle the Biddulph Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Congleton

    For over 100 years trains travelled along the Biddulph Valley Way carrying coal from the Potteries to Congleton. Today walkers, cyclists and horse riders enjoy this tranquil route away from the roads.

  5. Add Nelson Pit Walk 2 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 2

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    Walking Route

    Add Nelson Pit Walk 2 to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    This walk visits the estate of Lyme Park where red deer may be spotted alongside the moorland paths.

  6. Add Ride the Middlewood Way  to your Itinerary

    Ride the Middlewood Way

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    Riding/Trekking Centre

    Add Ride the Middlewood Way  to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    The Middlewood Way offers a 10-mile (16-km) traffic-free route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It follows the line of the former Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway through picturesque Cheshire countryside and between historic mill to

  7. Add Nelson Pit Walk 3  to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 3

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    Walking Route

    Add Nelson Pit Walk 3  to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    One of a series of walks from the Nelson Pit Visitor Centre. One of the main features of this walk is Poynton Coppice.

  8. Add Middlewood Way to your Itinerary

    Middlewood Way

    Macclesfield

    The Middlewood Way is a 16km (10 mile) linear country park following the former Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway through picturesque Cheshire East countryside. It provides a relatively level route for all users along its wildlife corridor

  9. Add Nelson Pit Walk 5 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 5

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    Walking Route

    Add Nelson Pit Walk 5 to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    One of a series of walks from the Nelson Pit Visitor Centre. The route through Poynton Coppice is pretty at any time of the year. The majority of The Coppice is owned by Cheshire East Council and is subject to a ten-year management plan.

  10. The Church House

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    Pub/Inn

    Congleton

    Food is served between 12:00-14:00, and between 18:00-21:00 Monday to Thursday, and 12:00-21:00 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

  11. The Bleeding Wolf

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    Pub/Inn

    Congleton

    A thatched pub with a fine reputation, offering traditional food, Robinson's Ale and a very warm welcome.

  12. Add Bollin Valley Cycle Trail to your Itinerary

    Bollin Valley Cycle Trail

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    Cycle Route

    Add Bollin Valley Cycle Trail to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    This long distance cycle route was launched to celebrate National Bike Week in 2012. The 37 km / 24 mile trail follows the course of River Bollin from its source in Macclesfield Forest to where it joins the Manchester Ship Canal near Partington.

  13. Add Marbury Country Walk to your Itinerary

    Marbury Country Walk

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    Walking Route

    Add Marbury Country Walk to your Itinerary

    Cheshire

    Starting from the Swan Inn in the middle of the village of Marbury this delightful country walk climbs gently to the top of Wirswall Hill and back down to the village.

  14. Add Biddulph Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Biddulph Valley Way

    Congleton

    Follow the Biddulph Valley Way out from Congleton town, through the pretty Dane-in-Shaw valley, to the rolling countryside beyond. The former railway line is a traffic-free route for walkers, cyclists and horseriders.

  15. Add Macclesfield Riverside Park to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield Riverside Park

    Macclesfield

    Macclesfield Riverside has a variety of habitats and is a great place to watch wildlife. You may see the herd of Longhorn cattle, an ancient and docile breed, which grazes the meadows to help preserve plant species diversity.

  16. Add Heritage Narrowboats to your Itinerary

    Heritage Narrowboats

    Congleton

    Why not hire a dayboat for the day to meander the local canals?

  17. Add Nelson Pit Walk 6 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 6

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    Walking Route

    Add Nelson Pit Walk 6 to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    The route follows the Macclesfield Canal north and then along wide country tracks before an uphill stretch into Lyme Park. The views from the highest point near Lyme Park on a good day are spectacular.

  18. Add Wharf Inn to your Itinerary

    Wharf Inn

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    Pub/Inn

    Add Wharf Inn to your Itinerary

    Congleton

    Pub Food

  19. Add The Lime Tree Restaurant & Wine Bar to your Itinerary

    The Lime Tree Restaurant & Wine Bar

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    Restaurant

    Add The Lime Tree Restaurant & Wine Bar to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    The Lime Tree is an independent family run restaurant and bar situated in two converted Victorian shops in the heart of Bollington conservation area overlooking the green.

  20. Mow Cop

    Congleton

    This prominent hill-top has been of spiritual and practical significance to man for thousands of years.

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