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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 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.

  2. Add Marbury Country Walk to your Itinerary

    Marbury Country Walk

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    Walking Route

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    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Add Lymm Dam Nature Reserve to your Itinerary

    Lymm Dam Nature Reserve

    Lymm

    Lymm Dam is an area of great beauty and tranquillity. Its woodlands and meadows are teeming with wildlife

  6. 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

  7. Add Alsager Series No. 6 - Wildflowers and Rode Hall to your Itinerary

    Alsager Series No. 6 - Wildflowers and Rode Hall

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    Walking Route

    Add Alsager Series No. 6 - Wildflowers and Rode Hall to your Itinerary

    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’.

  8. 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.

  9. Add Ride the Biddulph Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Ride the Biddulph Valley Way

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    Riding/Trekking Centre

    Add Ride 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Add Wharf Inn to your Itinerary

    Wharf Inn

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    Pub/Inn

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    Congleton

    Pub Food

  14. Add Nelson Pit Walk 7 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 7

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    Walking Route

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    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.

  15. Add Nelson Pit Walk 2 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 2

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    Walking Route

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    Macclesfield

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

  16. Add Walk the Wheelock Rail Trail to your Itinerary

    Walk the Wheelock Rail Trail

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    Walking Route

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    Sandbach

    The Wheelock Rail Trail is a popular 2km traffic free route for walkers and cyclists on the outskirts of Sandbach and runs between Ettiley Heath and Malkins Bank.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Add Lawton Woods Loop to your Itinerary

    Lawton Woods Loop

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    Walking Route

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    Cheshire

    The name Lawton originates in the Lawton family with its family crest being the head of a bleeding wolf. Local legend talks about a man saving the Earl of Chester from being killed by a wolf.

  20. Add Walk the Biddulph Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Walk the Biddulph Valley Way

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    Walking Route

    Add Walk the Biddulph Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Congleton

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

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