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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

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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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Add DV8 Bar to your Itinerary

    DV8 Bar

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    Bar

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    Congleton

    DV8 is a hidden gem tucked away from the bustle of Congleton town centre.

  7. Add Little Moreton Hall & Gardens (NT) to your Itinerary

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    Little Moreton Hall & Gardens (NT)

    Congleton

    Step back in time, over 500 years and marvel at the delights of Britain’s most famous timber-framed, moated Tudor manor house. Take in the delightful Knot Garden, together with traditional fruit trees of apple, pear, medlar and quince.

  8. Add The Queens Head to your Itinerary

    The Queens Head

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    Pub/Inn

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    Congleton

    Mike Gunner & Team are pleased to welcome you to there traditional English pub with adjacent cottage, which provides quality Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Congleton.

  9. Add Nelson Pit Visitor Centre to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Visitor Centre

    Cheshire

    Nelson Pit Visitor Centre is one of Poynton's hidden gems and is perfectly situated near to Poynton Marina for a relaxing afternoon with the family.

  10. Add Bollington Discovery Centre to your Itinerary

    Bollington Discovery Centre

    Macclesfield

    Bollington Discovery Centre brings together the history of this and other great mills of Bollington, the Macclesfield Canal and shows their place and importance to the town.

  11. Add Nelson Pit Walk 8  to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 8

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    Walking Route

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    Macclesfield

    A pleasant ramble on the Middlewood Way, across fields and along the towpath of the Macclesfield Canal. Part of the walk, crossing from the Middlewood Way to the Canal can be muddy.

  12. Add Cycle the Middlewood Way to your Itinerary

    Cycle the Middlewood Way

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    Cycle Route

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    Macclesfield

    The Middlewood Way, part of NCN 55 offers a 10-mile (16-km) traffic-free route ideal for cyclists. It follows the line of the former Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway through picturesque Cheshire countryside.

  13. Add Cycle the Wheelock Rail Trail and Salt Line to your Itinerary

    Cycle the Wheelock Rail Trail and Salt Line

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    Cycle Route

    Add Cycle the Wheelock Rail Trail and Salt Line to your Itinerary

    Sandbach

    The Wheelock Rail Trail and Salt Line are both part of NCN Route 5 linking Middlewich with Alsager.

  14. Add Nelson Pit Walk 10 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 10

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    Walking Route

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    Macclesfield

    The second part of two walks making the Middlewood Challenge, a 20-mile walk in the figure of eight. The first section of the Challenge is Walk 9 which is about 8 miles long and takes around 3½ hours to walk. Total walking time for both parts is arou

  15. Add Walk the Biddulph Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Walk the Biddulph Valley Way

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    Walking Route

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    Congleton

    The route is part of NCN 55 Telford to Preston and has a firm, level surface of crushed stone.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Add The Windmill Inn to your Itinerary

    The Windmill Inn

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    Pub/Inn

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    Macclesfield

    Traditional, yet modern British pub restaurant, offering a full range of home-cooked food.

  20. Add Walks for All - Biddulph Valley Way  to your Itinerary

    Walks for All - Biddulph Valley Way

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    Walking Route

    Add Walks for All - Biddulph Valley Way  to your Itinerary

    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

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