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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 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.

  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 Bollington Brewery Co. to your Itinerary

    Bollington Brewery Co.

    Macclesfield

    Deep in the heart of the Happy Valley, one man has been blending a concoction to put Bollington back on the brewing map.

  6. Add Little Moreton Hall Circular Walk  to your Itinerary

    Little Moreton Hall Circular Walk

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    Walking Route

    Add Little Moreton Hall Circular Walk  to your Itinerary

    Congleton

    Linking up with the Macclesfield Canal allows you to enjoy a gentle stroll along this picturesque waterway, before returning once again to cross the fields back to the unique half-timbered Little Moreton Hall.

  7. Add The Waggon & Horses to your Itinerary

    The Waggon & Horses

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    Pub/Inn

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    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.

  8. Add The Ship Inn to your Itinerary

    The Ship Inn

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    Pub/Inn

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    Congleton

    The Ship Inn is a quintessential unspoilt country pub.

  9. 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.

  10. Add Ride the Biddulph Valley Way to your Itinerary

    Ride the Biddulph Valley Way

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    Riding/Trekking Centre

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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.

  11. Add Walks for All - Marbury Country Park  to your Itinerary

    Walks for All - Marbury Country Park

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    Walking Route

    Add Walks for All - Marbury Country Park  to your Itinerary

    Northwich

    Many of the features of the Country Park, including the lime avenues and the arboretum, are a legacy of the days when Marbury was a grand estate. Stroll through splendid woodlands and enjoy views across Budworth Mere.

  12. 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.

  13. Add Congleton Park to your Itinerary

    Congleton Park

    Congleton

    This magnificent Victorian park is now fully restored and open to the public.

  14. 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.

  15. 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’.

  16. Add Riding the Wheelock Rail Trail  to your Itinerary

    Riding the Wheelock Rail Trail

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    Riding/Trekking Centre

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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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Add DV8 Bar to your Itinerary

    DV8 Bar

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    Bar

    Add DV8 Bar to your Itinerary

    Congleton

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

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