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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 Andersen Boats to your Itinerary

    Andersen Boats

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    Hotel Boat

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    Middlewich

    Based in Middlewich, Cheshire, in the UK, Andersen Boats offer canal boat holidays.

  2. Add Andersen Boats to your Itinerary

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    Andersen Boats

    Andersen Boats offer canal boat holidays and are ideally located for a choice of picturesque canal adventures including the Llangollen Canal, the Marple aqueduct and the Anderton Boat Lift.

  3. Add Alsager Series No. 5 – Salt Line and Canal to your Itinerary

    Alsager Series No. 5 – Salt Line and Canal

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    Walking Route

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    Alsager

    This route, devised by Alsager Chamber of Trade, is one a series of walks in the Alsager area. The walks have been published in leaflets entitled ‘It’s all about Alsager - Walking Maps of Alsager’.

  4. Add Cycle the Biddulph Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Cycle the Biddulph Valley Way

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    Cycle Route

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    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 Walks for All - Biddulph Valley Way  to your Itinerary

    Walks for All - Biddulph Valley Way

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    Walking Route

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    Congleton

    The Biddulph Valley Way follows the route of a disused railway which carried coal between the Potteries and Congleton for over 100 years. Today, this is a tranquil route that allows visitors to enjoy the delightful Cheshire East countryside

  6. Add Anderton Boat Lift  to your Itinerary

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    Anderton Boat Lift

    Northwich

    The Anderton Boat Lift is a great day out, whether you are a history buff or a family looking for weekend activities. Visitor Centre with free entry, interactive exhibition, coffee shop, gift shop and boat trips.

  7. Add Nelson Pit Walk 9 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 9

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    Walking Route

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    Macclesfield

    The first part of two walks making the Middlewood Challenge, a 20-mile walk in the figure of eight. The second section of the Challenge is Walk 10 which is about 12 miles long and takes around 5 hours to walk.

  8. Add Walks for All - The Wheelock Rail Trail to your Itinerary

    Walks for All - The Wheelock Rail Trail

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    Walking Route

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    Sandbach

    The Wheelock Rail Trail near Sandbach follows the route of a disused railway from Ettiley Heath to Malkins Bank. Today the trail is a rich haven for wildlife and wild flowers and provides a pleasant level and wide route through Cheshire.

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

    Walks for All - Macclesfield Riverside

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    Walking Route

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    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.

  10. Add Ye Olde Kings Arms to your Itinerary

    Ye Olde Kings Arms

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    Pubs & Bars

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    Congleton

    Pub Food

  11. Add Walks for All - Middlewood Way  to your Itinerary

    Walks for All - Middlewood Way

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    Walking Route

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    Macclesfield

    The Middlewood Way is a 16km (10 mile) linear route following the former Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway through picturesque Cheshire East countryside.

  12. Add Wheelock Rail Trail  to your Itinerary

    Wheelock Rail Trail

    Sandbach

    After the railway closed in 1966 the track lay derelict for many years, gradually becoming more and more overgrown.

  13. Add The Vale Inn to your Itinerary

    The Vale Inn

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    Pubs & Bars

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    Macclesfield

    The Vale Inn has established itself as a real ale and fresh food community pub. Situated close to the recreation ground, Middlewood Way and the Macclesfield Canal, there are two beer gardens and a large car park.

  14. Add Nelson Pit Walk 4 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 4

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    Walking Route

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    Macclesfield

    This is one of a series of walks from the Nelson Pit Visitor Centre. This is a flat walk along the Macclesfield Canal towpath and Middlewood Way.

  15. Add NCN Route 73 to your Itinerary

    NCN Route 73

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    Cycle Route

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    Congleton

    Route 73 takes in the Cheshire section of the route from Congleton to Davenham. It provides a link between two National Routes - 55 to the east and 5, which runs through the centre of the county and on to Wales.

  16. Add Congleton Museum to your Itinerary

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    Congleton Museum

    Congleton

    Touch screens and talking heads help to tell the story of Congleton from prehistoric times, through the English civil War and the heyday of the textile industry to the Second World War. Admission is FREE.

  17. Add Ride the Middlewood Way  to your Itinerary

    Ride the Middlewood Way

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    Riding/Trekking Centre

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    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

  18. Add Nelson Pit Walk 6 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 6

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    Walking Route

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    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.

  19. Add Wharf Inn to your Itinerary

    Wharf Inn

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    Pub/Inn

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    Congleton

    Pub Food

  20. Add Nelson Pit Walk 7 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 7

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    Walking Route

    Add Nelson Pit Walk 7 to your Itinerary

    Macclesfield

    The route climbs over 1300 feet from Nelson Pit to Bowstones, and is partly strenuous. However, the views from the highest points on a good day are spectacular. This walk should be avoided on a misty day.

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