The county of Cheshire


Cheshire is a county in North West England. The County town in Chester, with the renowned Chester Zoo close by and Chester Cathedral. It is mostly rural with a small number of towns and villages. Cheshire Cheese is produced here, and salt is also still mined here, although a lot of the salt mines have closed.

Bases in Cheshire


From Anderton travel on the 60ft Anderton Boat Lift to the Trent and Mersey Canal, tour the city of Chester with a Roman or shop in the heart of Manchester.

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Wrenbury Mill is set on the Llangollen canal. Do the Four Counties ring from here, or head towards Chirk and then Llangollen.

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Nantwich was once famous for producing salt and lies on the Shropshire Union Canal, it is a medieval market town famous for its black and white timbered buildings. Cruise the Four Counties Ring from here which links the counties of Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire and the West Midlands or cruise along the whole of the Llangollen canal across the famous aqueducts.

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The Macclesfield Canal passes through mostly green and rural surroundings, with Victorian mills and warehouses along the way adding a distinctive character. For boaters, it forms part of the Cheshire cruising ring. It is a tree-lined canal that follows the natural curves of the land, with only one lock flight on it. It is remembered by holidaymakers both for its elegance, particularly the roving or turnover bridges that allow a horse to transfer from a towpath on one side of the canal to the other without the need to unhitch; its spectacular views; and its architectural follies. For walkers, the towpath is a lovely place for a gentle stroll. If you are looking for a more ambitious hike, the Cheshire Ring Canal Walk follows the cruising ring an impressive 97 miles in total. Around Higher Poynton the Canal becomes wider , and some consider this stretch to be the most pleasant moorings on the Canal, because the wide water supports large families of geese, ducks and swans.

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