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Base Locations:
Acton Bridge Bradford on AvonChirkEly
FalkirkClifton / NaptonPeak DistrictStoke Prior

 
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Cruising Regions and Bases Available
Acton Bridge - Canals of North West England

Based near Northwich, Acton Bridge is a good starting point for a number of routes. Traveling north, you meet the canal where it all started - the Bridgewater canal, which takes you lock free to Manchester. From there you can travel to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, or continue on the Cheshire Ring via the Peak Forest and Macclesfield.

Apart from Manchester itself, currently being cleaned up, this is a beautiful route with constantly changing scenery. South of base you can travel the Four Counties Ring, or meander up to Chester and beyond to the Ellesmere Port boat museum.

 
Bradford on Avon - Avon & Kennet Canals
Enjoy a Kennet & Avon canal boat holiday starting from the picturesque Wiltshire town of Bradford on Avon, a narrow boat hire base that offers canal cruises to suit all levels of experience. Heading westward will take you over aqueducts, through bridges and locks to the World Heritage City of Bath, a gentle day’s canal cruise from the base.
 
Chirk - North Wales & Llangollen Canal
Based on the breathtaking canal in North Wales, our lovely marina is situated on the site of the new Chirk Golf & Country Club (where all customers become automatic members).

The Llangollen Canal unarguable has a lot to offer both first time and regular holidaymakers. It meanders gracefully through the beautiful countryside where the world famous "stream in the sky" - the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct spans the Dee Valley, such a feat of engineering is sure to snatch your breath away!
  
Ely Base - Fenland Waterways
Begin your relaxing narrowboat holiday from our hire base in Ely, in the picturesque heart of the Fenland waterways, overlooked by its magnificent cathedral. Our fleet of Duchess 2 and 4 narrow boats offer holidays for parties of 2 to 5 people and a selection of routes that will see you cruising through cities, towns and villages along the beautiful waterways, making Ely the ideal hire base to begin exploring.
 
Falkirk - Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Falkirk Wheel

The Falkirk Wheel is 115 feet high - the equivalent height of eight double decker buses. It is 115 feet wide and 100 feet long. The wheel will lift loads of 600 tonnes (300 at each end) - the approximate weight of 81 adult African elephants. The structure stands in a 330 feet wide circular basin with moorings for over 20 boats.

Before redevelopment, the site was a deep open cast pit left behind by mining, which ended in the early 1980s. The total project cost was approximately £17 million and work took 22 months. The wheel is designed to last for at least the next 120 years.

The first wheel-based boat lift was proposed by a German engineer at the beginning of the last century, though it was never built. The Falkirk Wheel is the world's first rotating boat lift and the first boat lift to be built in Britain since the Anderton Boat Lift in Cheshire, which dates from 1875
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Clifton / Napton - North Oxford Canal

Ideally situated at the head of the North Oxford Canal, Napton is an ideal base for a large number of interesting routes. The circular route if the Warwickshire Ring is ideal for the more energetic and has the contrasts of beautiful countryside around Warwick, then industry near Birmingham and Spaghetti Junction.

Out and back trips of beauty and interest can also be achieved, including Stratford-on-Avon, Oxford, Snarestone, or a visit to the Waterways Museum at Stoke Bruerne, depending on the number of locks you wish to negotiate.

 
Peak District - Trent & Mersey, Caldon Canal

Situated on the redeveloped National Garden Festival site, home of the industrial potteries, and host to some of the most fabulous scenery on Britain's waterways is what makes this one of the most popular Black Prince starting points. There is a variety of routes available from this marina, with the Cheshire Ring and the Four Counties Ring being the most popular.

You can exchange the contrasting landscapes of the Potteries, Royal Doulton, Cheddleton Mill and Wedgewood industries for the peace and tranquility of the Llangollen Canal. What better way to experience the hidden delights that this unique journey has to offer.

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Stoke Prior - Worcester & Birmingham Canal
Situated in a lovely spot, close to both the M5 and M42, Stoke Prior is the base for those who want a more active holiday, being at bottom of the Tardebigge flight of locks. It is a base of contrasts, with routes taking in the rivers Severn and Avon, as well as a number of different canals. Equally it covers beautiful countryside as well as such cities as Birmingham and Worcester. Several rings can be completed from here, with the Stourport Ring being the most popular, as well as a large number of other routes.


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