RODE HEATH FROM ANDERTON

 

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You can do this route from :
Anderton Marina.

Anderton Marina

Cheshire

 

A cruise through the Cheshire countryside to Middlewich where Rock salt mining that has gone on since Roman times, and to the small village of Wheelock and Rode Heath .

The canalside area of Middlewich is a haven of peace below the busy streets. The town has been extracting salt since Roman times, and there is an interesting town trail north of Bridge 172. There are various pubs canalside along this stretch.

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Recommended Holiday
Duration : 4 nights.

Total Cruising Days : 5.00
(Partial or full days)

Total Cruising Time : 23.00 hours

Total Distance : 39.00 miles

Number of Locks : 44

Number of Tunnels : 0

Number of Aqueducts : 0

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Cruising Notes

Day 1

From Anderton marina you head south along the Trent & Mersey canal.

Away on your left you will see Marbury Country park which has woodlands carpeted with bluebells in the springtime, or relax under the shade of the lime avenues. Wander along the mere with splendid views over the water to the church at Great Budworth, or explore the arboretum and community orchard. Children will enjoy the play area, close to the picnic area.

There are attractive short stay moorings here if you have had a long trip and want to moor up somewhere local for the night. Or head for Marston Bridge 193 which is 45 minutes from Anderton where there is a pub and late opening stores.

Alternatively cruise for a couple of hours to Northwich, the Old Broken Cross Pub is by Bridge 184 canalside and has moorings. There is a chemist, grocer & other shops ½ mile past the pub towards Northwich.

Cruising time to here just under 2 hours

Day 2

As the canal heads towards Middlewich you move out into fine open country on a beautiful stretch of canal, often overhung by trees following the delightful valley of the River Dane.

There are pleasant moorings with picnic tables & BBQ just before Bridge 176. (just over 3 hours to here from Anderton marina)
The canalside area of Middlewich is a haven of peace below the busy streets. The town has been extracting salt since Roman times, and there is an interesting town trail north of Bridge 172. There are various pubs canalside along this stretch.

As you descend into Middlewich there are 3 locks to be negotiated before you reach a canal junction, and Kings Lock just after the junction.

Ignore the Middlewich branch canal to your right, and continue south down the Trent & Mersey Canal past several salt works, which shows this areas industrial heritage. The Rock salt mining that has gone on since Roman times has resulted in severe local subsidence, and the canal has had to be banked up in some stretches, which makes it much deeper than normal. There is a chinese takeaway west of bridge 166.

Occasional locks mark a quiet and unspoilt area, the town of Sandback is away to the left, as the canal reaches the village of Wheelock. This busy little village has a stores and fish & chip shop., and 3 pubs, 2 near bridge 154, and one Canalside- the Cheshire Cheese- with moorings outside.

Sandbach is 1 ½ miles north of Wheelock, and is an old market town that has retained its charm. In its old cobbled market place stand 2 superb Saxon crosses, there are 7 pubs to choose from around here.

After Wheelock the first of 26 locks called Heartbreak Hill will have to be negotiated before you get to Kidsgrove and the junction with the Macclesfield Canal,. First pass the village of Hassall Green, the village has a stores and a canal shop within the canal Centre, which also houses a cafe beside the canal, there is lockside seating.

Moor up here for the night is is 8.5 hours to here.


Day 3 Day 4 Day 5

You then negotiate 5 locks and pass the village of Rode Heath to your left, there is a canalside pub here and it has a useful shopping area.
It is 1.5 hours to Rode Heath today so turn around past Thurlwood Lock and cruise back to the Marina, which is about 12 hours back from Rode Heath

 

NB: This route has been provided as a guide only. Information may become inaccurate or out of date. You should always check with the marina that the route is possible within your time frame, current weather conditions and canal stoppages etc.

Boats

The following boats operate on this route (subject to availability)
Pacific Wren Canal Boat
Class : Wren
(Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

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Reed Bunting Canal Boat
Class : Bunting
(Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

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Great Blue Heron Canal Boat
Class : Heron
(Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

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Glaucous Gull Canal Boat
Class : Gull
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

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Dusky Thrush Canal Boat
Class : Thrush
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

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Laughing Gull Canal Boat
Class : Gull
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

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Bar Tailed Lark Canal Boat
Class : Lark
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

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Booted Eagle Canal Boat
Class : Eagle
(Sleeps a maximum of 7 People).

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River Warbler Canal Boat
Class : Warbler
(Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

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Little Owl Canal Boat
Class : Owl
(Sleeps a maximum of 10 People).

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Black Necked Swan Canal Boat
Class : Swan
(Sleeps a maximum of 12 People).

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Lady Blue Sky Canal Boat
Class : CLC4
(Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

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Lady of Trent Canal Boat
Class : CLC4
(Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

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Wallis Ali Baba Canal Boat
Class : CLC4
(Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

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Real Ale Canal Boat
Class : CLC4
(Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

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Mellors Crazy Shake Canal Boat
Class : CLC4
(Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

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Bishtons Cakewalk Canal Boat
Class : CLC6
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

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Soo 95 Canal Boat
Class : CLC6
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

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Laal Ratty Canal Boat
Class : CLC6
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

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Spirit of Debdale Canal Boat
Class : CLC6
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

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Savoy Hill V Canal Boat
Class : SavoyV
(Sleeps a maximum of 7 People).

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Meyers Parrot Canal Boat
Class : CBC4
(Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

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Sun Conure Canal Boat
Class : CBC6
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

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Mealy Amazon Canal Boat
Class : CBC6
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

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Yellow Crowned Amazon Canal Boat
Class : CBC6
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

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Titania 2 Canal Boat
Class : AVE6
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

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Meyers Parrot Canal Boat
Class : CBC4
(Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

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Sun Conure Canal Boat
Class : CBC6
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

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Mealy Amazon Canal Boat
Class : CBC6
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

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Yellow Crowned Amazon Canal Boat
Class : CBC6
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

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Titania 2 Canal Boat
Class : AVE6
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

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