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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. Add Nelson Pit Walk 5 to your Itinerary

    Nelson Pit Walk 5

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    Walking Route

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    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.

  4. 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

  5. Add Heritage Narrowboats to your Itinerary

    Heritage Narrowboats

    Congleton

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

  6. Add Gawsworth Hall Circular Walk to your Itinerary

    Gawsworth Hall Circular Walk

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    Walking Route

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    Macclesfield

    Enjoy a pleasant ramble in the rolling Cheshire countryside, through arable farmland and pastures, along the Macclesfield Canal and across the Danes Moss Reserve.

  7. 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.

  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 Bollin Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Bollin Valley Way

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    Walking Route

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    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.

  10. Add Bollin Valley Cycle Trail to your Itinerary

    Bollin Valley Cycle Trail

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    Cycle Route

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    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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

    The Lime Tree Restaurant & Wine Bar

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    Restaurant

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    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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Add The Railway Inn to your Itinerary

    The Railway Inn

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    Pub/Inn

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    Congleton

    Children are welcome if dining under responsible adult supervision.

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