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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

    Add Andersen Boats to your Itinerary

    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 Marbury Country Walk to your Itinerary

    Marbury Country Walk

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    Walking Route

    Add Marbury Country Walk to your Itinerary

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Mow Cop

    Congleton

    This prominent hill-top has been of spiritual and practical significance to man for thousands of years.

  7. Add Congleton Park to your Itinerary

    Congleton Park

    Congleton

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

  8. Add Gawsworth Hall Circular Walk to your Itinerary

    Gawsworth Hall Circular Walk

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    Walking Route

    Add Gawsworth Hall Circular Walk to your Itinerary

    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.

  9. Add Ye Olde White Lion to your Itinerary

    Ye Olde White Lion

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    Pubs & Bars

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    Congleton

    Pub Food

  10. Add Wharf Inn to your Itinerary

    Wharf Inn

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    Pub/Inn

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    Congleton

    Pub Food

  11. Add Bollin Valley Cycle Trail to your Itinerary

    Bollin Valley Cycle Trail

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    Cycle Route

    Add Bollin Valley Cycle Trail to your Itinerary

    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.

  12. Add Anderton Boat Lift Coffee Shop to your Itinerary

    Anderton Boat Lift Coffee Shop

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    Tea Room/Coffee Shop

    Add Anderton Boat Lift Coffee Shop to your Itinerary

    Northwich

    Overlooking the magnificent structure itself, the Coffee Shop at Anderton Boat Lift is the perfect place to stop for a tasty treat. Enjoy a warming cup of tea and slice of mouth-watering, handmade cake or relax with a delicious, freshly-made hot meal

  13. Add Marbury Country Park to your Itinerary

    Marbury Country Park

    Northwich

    The parkland of Marbury Hall. Walks, picnic areas and bird hides overlooking the mere.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Add Cycle the Middlewood Way to your Itinerary

    Cycle the Middlewood Way

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    Cycle Route

    Add Cycle the Middlewood Way to your Itinerary

    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.

  19. Add Ride the Middlewood Way  to your Itinerary

    Ride the Middlewood Way

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    Riding/Trekking Centre

    Add Ride the Middlewood Way  to your Itinerary

    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

  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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