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Nantwich Marina.

Nantwich Marina



Take a leisurely cruise along the Llangollen Canal through the Grindley Staircase locks to the old Roman town of Whitchurch

Nantwich is a beautiful town, adorned with boutiques, antiques, cafes, pubs and restaurants and steeped in history, it is a medieval market town famous for the black and white timbered buildings dotted around the town.

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Recommended Holiday
Duration : 4 nights.

Total Cruising Days : 5.00
(Partial or full days)

Total Cruising Time : 20.00 hours

Total Distance : 30.00 miles

Number of Locks : 38

Number of Tunnels : 0

Number of Aqueducts : 0

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Day 1

You may want to spend your first night in Nantwich and not move off until tomorrow, as you have plenty of time, and Nantwich is a beautiful town, adorned with boutiques, antiques, cafes, pubs and restaurants and steeped in history, it is a medieval market town famous for the black and white timbered buildings dotted around the town.

Nantwich also hosts the International Cheese Awards, a prestigious event that celebrates the finest cheeses known to man.
If moving off tonight then turn right from the marina turning north towards Chester.
There are no locks on this stretch, so your crew can relax and put the kettle on!

From Nantwich cruise north and turn left at the Hurleston Junction and you immediately come to your 1st locks 4 in a row , so hopefully you have remembered your training, if in doubt have a look at the training DVD as well.

Cruising westwards towards Llangollen, if you fancy a bit of cruising before dark, you will just have time to get used to the feel of your boat, and enjoy the beautiful countryside.

After climbing the Hurleston Locks the canal runs through a shallow valley to reach Swanley Locks , the scenery is farmland.
Cruise to Halls Lane bridge 12 , in the middle of the country , a very nice place to moor, there is a pub in Ravensmoor which is about a mile off to your left by the bridge, then turn right at the top of the lane along Swanley lane until you see the pub- the Farmers Arms .

It is 3 hours cruising to here.

Day 2

Today you will cruise through the Grindley Brook staircase locks which are very interesting.

You will soon soon reach the 3 locks at Baddiley before reaching the lift bridge at Wrenbury which is automated and operated by a push button, a BW key is required to operate it.

The Dusty Miller Pub is canalside- a splendid converted old canalside wharf and the Cotton Arms just down the road off to the left.

Soon the first of many delightful lift bridges is reached, although many are left open.

The green Cheshire countryside leads through Marbury and Quoisley and Willeymoor Locks, where there is a pub – The Willeymoor Lock Tavern, which is canalside.

After Willeymoor Lock, there is Poveys lock to negotiate just a little bit further on.

The open quiet countryside continues, but as you approach Grindley Brook, prepare your crew as there are 6 locks ahead, including 3 in the form of a staircase.

At the end of a straight stretch a massive railway embankment precedes a sharp bend, around which is the start of the locks. Boats should remain below the railway embankment, and between April to October 08.30 to 18.30, obtain the advice of the lock-keeper before starting to negotiate the locks, as he will know which boats are queuing to go up and down.

The Horse & Jockey Pub is near the bottom lock, and there is also Lockside Stores where you can obtain provisions.

You can moor after the top lock .

The canal now approaches Whitchurch, and it is worth exploring this fine old Roman town which has some beautiful old houses of all periods at its centre. The streets are narrow and it has a variety of shops and pub.

Moor up along the Whitchurch Arm, after the lift bridge turn a sharp left and cruise to the end. From here it is about 15 minutes walk into the town.

It is 7 hours to here.

Days 3 4 5

It is 10 hours back to the marina, so take your time and relax and enjoy the surroundings!


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.


The following boats operate on this route (subject to availability)
Adele Marie Canal Boat
Class : Dreams5
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).


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