Short Routes

Short Canal Boating Routes

There is a huge choice of canal boating routes for you to do. See the choice of routes below. You can of course plan your own route or ask the experienced staff at the marinas - they are always glad to give advice. There is no set schedule - It's entirely up to you .

 
Abingdon a pretty busy 18th century mark.....
Marina : Caversham
County: Berkshire
Canal: n/a
River: Thames
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 22.00
Locks: 18

Take a cruise along the River Thames seeing historic and pretty towns on your way Abingdon on Thames , a historic market town set in rural Oxfordshire which proudly claims to .....
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Alrewas along the Coventry Canal from Ta.....
Marina : Glascote Basin
County: Staffordshire
Canal: Coventry
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 15.00
Locks: 14

Pleasant rural cruise along the Coventry Canal, passing small villages and Canalside pubs, also situated on the edge of the National Forest, the National Arboretum is the UK’s .....
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Anderton Boat Lift from Nantwich marina
Marina : Nantwich
County: Cheshire
Canals: Shropshire Union, Trent And Mersey
River: Weaver
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 23.00
Locks: 16

With the re-opening of the Anderton boat lift in Spring 2002, a whole new navigation is open for exploration from the Anderton base. A stunning feat of 19th Century engineering, .....
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Apsley Paper Mills from Middx
Marina : Middlesex
County: n/a
Canal: Grand Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 24.00
Locks: 46

Lovely cruise north along the Grand Union canal, passing Lakes, canalside pubs and villages, beautiful woods, and Paper .....
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Aqueducts and Llangollen and return from.....
Marina : Blackwater
County: Shropshire
Canal: Llangollen
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 16.00
Locks: 4

In a weekend you can cruise over the famous and breathtaking aqueducts at Chirk and Pontcysyllte -a World Heritage Site, called 'the stream in the sky', to the delightful Welsh .....
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Aqueducts and return from Whitchurch
Marina : Whitchurch
County: Shropshire
Canal: Llangollen
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 23.50
Locks: 4

This very beautiful canal is one of the most popular Waterways in Europe, and includes the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which is one of the most spectacular and amazing feats of .....
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Atherstone and return from Rugby
Marina : Rugby
County: Warwickshire
Canals: Coventry, Oxford
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 19.00
Locks: 2

Rugby is a bustling market town in Warwickshire, situated on the River Avon, and is the second largest town in the county. William Webb Ellis is credited with the invention .....
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Audlem along the tranquil Shropshire Uni.....
Marina : Wrenbury
County: Cheshire
Canals: Llangollen, Shropshire Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 16.00
Locks: 28

Cruise along the lovely Shropshire Union Canal to the historic Cheshire Market town of Nantwich with its fine Tudor buildings and enjoy the tranquil landscape along this canal to .....
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Batchworth and rural Grand Union Canal c.....
Marina : Middlesex
Counties: Buckinghamshire, Middlesex
Canal: Grand Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 11.50
Locks: 16

Cruise through a landscape of lakes, woods and mills and Moors along this stretch of the Grand Union .....
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Bath and Aqueducts and River Avon from H.....
Marina : Hilperton
County: Wiltshire
Canal: Kennet And Avon
River: Avon
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 15.50
Locks: 16

Bath has been designated a 'World Heritage City' with a history stretching back to the Roman Baths after which it is named and that can still be visited today. Moorings are .....
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Bath and return from Bradford on Avon
Marina : Bradford-on-Avon
County: Wiltshire
Canal: Kennet And Avon
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 7.25
Locks: 2

A very relaxing easy cruise with only one lock each way, giving you time to chill and explore ! Bath has been designated a 'World Heritage City' with a history stretching back .....
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Bath and return from Hilperton
Marina : Hilperton
County: Wiltshire
Canal: Kennet And Avon
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 8.00
Locks: 2

Bath has been designated a 'World Heritage City' with a history stretching back to the Roman Baths after which it is named and that can still be visited today. Moorings are .....
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Bath and the River Avon to Saltford from.....
Marina : Bradford-on-Avon
County: Wiltshire
Canal: Kennet And Avon
River: Avon
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 13.50
Locks: 16

Cruise along the Kennet & Avon canal over 2 major aqueducts to Bath, visit this historical city and then cruise through the Bath Locks to the River Avon and to the town of .....
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Beeston and return from Anderton
Marina : Anderton
County: Cheshire
Canal: Trent And Mersey
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 25.00
Locks: 28

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 .....
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Berkshire countryside from Aldermaston
Marina : Aldermaston
County: Berkshire
Canal: Kennet And Avon
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 23.25
Locks: 42

Aldermaston wharf is close to the railway station with good connections to Paddington in London, taking 55 minutes from London Paddington , or 13 minutes from Reading railway .....
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Birmingham and return from Gailey
Marina : Gailey
County: Staffordshire
Canals: Birmingham, Staffordshire And Worcestershire
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 26.50
Locks: 48

Cruise to Birmingham's Gas street basin & Brindley place with it's waterside pubs and colourful boating community, Experience Britain's second city, a thriving cosmopolitan .....
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Birmingham and return from Tamworth
Marina : Glascote Basin
County: Staffordshire
Canal: Birmingham and Fazeley
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 25.00
Locks: 80

Cruise to Birmingham's Gas street basin & Brindley Place with it's waterside pubs and colourful boating community, Experience Britain's second city, a thriving cosmopolitan .....
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Birmingham cruise from Alvechurch
Marina : Alvechurch
County: Worcestershire
Canal: Worcester And Birmingham
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 9.50
Locks: 0

Cruise to Birmingham's Gas street Basin & Brindley place with it's waterside pubs and colourful boating community Experience Britain's second city, a thriving cosmopolitan .....
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Birmingham mini ring from Alvechurch
Marina : Alvechurch
County: Worcestershire
Canals: Grand Union, Worcester And Birmingham
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00 to 8.00
Cruising Hours: 25.50
Locks: 50

This Mini Ring passes through some of Britain's finest architecture, including the Gas Street Basin in Birmingham, The Birmingham NIC and National Sea Life Centre, the Birmingham .....
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Birmingham Star City Tamworth SnowDome .....
Marina : Glascote Basin
County: Staffordshire
Canal: Birmingham and Fazeley
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 16.00
Locks: 32

Cruise to Drayton Manor Theme park, -The UK's best family theme park with kids rides, family fun, zoo, and thrill rollercoaster rides. Snowdome in Tamworth -There is Skiing, .....
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Birmingham Star City and return from Gla.....
Marina : Glascote Basin
County: Staffordshire
Canal: Birmingham and Fazeley
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 16.00
Locks: 32

Star City is one of the UK's largest leisure destinations - a unique family entertainment destination with 12 restaurants and 11 leisure attractions including a 25 screen VUE .....
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Black Country Museum and return from Gai.....
Marina : Gailey
County: Staffordshire
Canals: Birmingham, Staffordshire And Worcestershire
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 19.00
Locks: 42

Cruise through the Staffordshire countryside to the Black Country Museum and Dudley Zoo and Castle The Black Country Living Museum is an open-air museum of rebuilt historic .....
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Black Country Museum from Alvechurch
Marina : Alvechurch
County: Worcestershire
Canals: Birmingham, Worcester And Birmingham
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 18.75
Locks: 6

Cruise to Birmingham's Gas street Basin & Cambrian Wharf with it's waterside pubs and colourful boating community, and experience Britain's second city, a thriving cosmopolitan .....
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Blackburn and Riley Green from Reedley m.....
Marina : Reedley
County: Lancashire
Canal: Leeds And Liverpool
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 18.50
Locks: 12

See the remains of the industrial revolution of the 1800's with the Old Cotton Mills and large warehouses that dwarf the Canal. Cruise along a landscape that has seen many .....
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Braunston and return from Gayton
Marina : Gayton
County: Northamptonshire
Canals: Grand Union, Oxford
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 15.00
Locks: 26

Cruise north along the Grand Union Canal through charming villages through the Braunston Tunnel to the historic wharf at Braunston. Braunston lies at the junction of the Grand .....
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Brecon and return from Goytre through th.....
Marina : Goytre
County: Monmouthshire
Canal: Monmouthshire And Brecon
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 24.50
Locks: 12

Cruise through the spectacular Brecon Beacons in the National park, follow the River Usk & its pretty valley as the canal clings to the hillside in this mountainous region. Brecon .....
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Burnley from Barnoldswick
Marina : Barnoldswick
County: Yorkshire
Canal: Leeds And Liverpool
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 12.00
Locks: 14

Set in stunning scenery, the friendly market town of Barnoldswick - known affectionately to locals as Barlick - lies at the very heart of England. The town is quaint, quirky, .....
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Cadbury World from Alvechurch
Marina : Alvechurch
County: Worcestershire
Canal: Worcester And Birmingham
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 9.50
Locks: 0

Cruise to Birmingham's Gas street basin & Cambrian Wharf by the Sea Life Centre with it's waterside pubs and colourful boating community, and experience Britain's second city, a .....
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Caen and Return from Bradford on Avon
Marina : Bradford-on-Avon
County: Wiltshire
Canal: n/a
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 10.00
Locks: 14

Lovely country route along the Kennet & Avon Canal including a visit to the historic unspoilt town of Bradford on Avon & to the bottom of the spectacular Caen Hill flight of Locks .....
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Caen and return from Hilperton
Marina : Hilperton
County: Wiltshire
Canal: Kennet And Avon
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 10.00
Locks: 14

Lovely country route along the Kennet & Avon Canal including a visit to the historic unspoilt town of Bradford on Avon & to the bottom of the spectacular Caen Hill flight of Locks .....
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Chester and return from Nantwich
Marina : Nantwich
County: Cheshire
Canal: Shropshire Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 16.50
Locks: 22

Nantwich is home to the Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, 'a unique and exciting day out', www.hackgreen.co.uk. Nantwich Basin is a busy canal basin, which was one the terminus .....
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Chester and return from Wrenbury 4 night.....
Marina : Wrenbury
County: Shropshire
Canal: Shropshire Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 21.50
Locks: 30

Take a cruise to the Roman city of Chester - there is a wealth of things to do which can be seen on foot, because of the amazing survival of the old city wall. You can walk .....
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Chirk and return from Whitchurch
Marina : Whitchurch
County: Shropshire
Canal: Llangollen
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 21.00
Locks: 4

This very beautiful canal is one of the most popular Waterways in Europe, and includes the Chirk Aqueduct an impressive structure built by Thomas Telford, which is 70 feet high, .....
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Congleton and return from Poynton
Marina : Poynton
County: Cheshire
Canal: Macclesfield
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 18.00
Locks: 24

Cruise along the Macclesfield Canal through the only flight only locks on this canal at Bosley , through green and hilly countryside through the town of Macclesfield and find out .....
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Coventry and return from Rugby
Marina : Rugby
County: Northamptonshire
Canals: Coventry, Oxford
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 15.50
Locks: 2

Cruise to the city of Coventry. The old Coventry Cathedral was destroyed during World War 2, but the new cathedral was completed in 1962, and is worth a visit. The Museum of .....
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Coventry Cathedral and Museum of British.....
Marina : Glascote Basin
County: Staffordshire
Canal: Coventry
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 24.00
Locks: 22

The old Coventry Cathedral was destroyed during World War 2, but the new cathedral was completed in 1962, and is worth a visit. The Museum of British Transport is south of .....
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Crick and Leicestershire countryside fro.....
Marina : North Kilworth
County: Leicestershire
Canal: Grand Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 11.00
Locks: 0

This short lock-free cruise takes you through the rural Leicestershire countryside past small villages including the delightful village of Crick, and through the 1500 yard long .....
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Crick and return from Gayton
Marina : Gayton
County: Northamptonshire
Canal: Grand Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 16.50
Locks: 28

Heading north towards Market Harborough offers the perfect turning point of Crick, just after navigating the mile long Crick Tunnel. A tranquil rural route through rolling .....
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Crick and return from Market Harborough
Marina : Market Harborough
County: Leicestershire
Canal: Grand Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 24.00
Locks: 20

Market Harborough – A market town mid way between Leicester and Northampton. Visit Welland Park, the town’s museum and the old grammar school, a 17th school built on stilts. .....
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Devizes and Return from Bradford on Avon
Marina : Bradford-on-Avon
County: Wiltshire
Canal: Kennet And Avon
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 21.00
Locks: 72

Devizes itself has the atmosphere of an old country market town. Handsome 18th century buildings now surround the square. Devizes museum has one of the finest prehistoric .....
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Devizes and return from Hilperton
Marina : Hilperton
County: Wiltshire
Canal: Kennet And Avon
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 21.00
Locks: 72

You are on the outskirts of the delightful town of Trowbridge, the county town of Wiltshire, it is one of the three largest towns in Wiltshire. The town's lengthy history is .....
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Drayton Manor Theme Park and Tamworth Sn.....
Marina : Glascote Basin
County: Staffordshire
Canal: Birmingham and Fazeley
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 8.00
Locks: 4

Cruise to Drayton Manor Theme park, and Tamworth's Snowdome Drayton Manor -The UK's best family theme park with kids rides, family fun, zoo, and thrill rollercoaster .....
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Droitwich and return from Worcester
Marina : Worcester
County: Worcestershire
Canals: Droitwich, Worcester And Birmingham
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 16.75
Locks: 40

The Droitwich Canal was re-opened in 2010, and is very scenic. Droitwich was first populated by the Romans, who mined salt here in the C2nd. By the C8th the town was in the hands .....
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Droitwich Ring from Stourport
Marina : Stourport on Severn
County: Worcestershire
Canals: Droitwich, Worcester And Birmingham
River: Severn
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 21.50
Locks: 45

One of the shortest Rings in the Country, this circular route can be done over a mid week break, and takes in the Roman spa town of Droitwich, and the cathedral city of Worcester, .....
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Edinburgh and return from Falkirk
Marina : Falkirk
County: Stirlingshire
Canal: Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00 to 5.00
Cruising Hours: 26.00
Locks: 4

Edinburgh has a host of fabulous attractions, from iconic Edinburgh Castle with the Crown jewels displayed to the National Museum of Scotland & great theatres offering excellent .....
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Ellesmere and return from Whitchurch
Marina : Whitchurch
County: Shropshire
Canal: Llangollen
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 11.00
Locks: 0

This lock free cruise takes you pass the famous Meres- or lakes made durung the Ice Age to the 18th century Market town of Ellesmere. Ideal for novices and a very pleasant rural .....
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Ellesmere and return from Wrenbury
Marina : Wrenbury
County: Cheshire
Canal: Llangollen
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 21.50
Locks: 20

This cruise takes you pass the famous Meres- or lakes made durung the Ice Age to the 18th century Market town of Ellesmere. A very pleasant rural cruise with beautiful scenery, .....
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Ellesmere Port from Nantwich
Marina : Nantwich
County: Cheshire
Canal: Shropshire Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 24.00
Locks: 28

Lovely cruise through the Cheshire Countryside to visit the Roman City of Chester and Ellesmere Port. There is a wealth of things to do in this Roman City which can be seen on .....
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Ely from March through the Fens
Marina : March
County: Cambridgeshire
Canal: n/a
River: Nene
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 18.50
Locks: 6

Ely- The attractive waterfront is a focal point for boating, cyclists and walkers. The city is well known for its cathedral, whose famous lantern tower can be seen for miles .....
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Fenny Stratford and return from Gayton
Marina : Gayton
County: Northamptonshire
Canal: Grand Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 18.00
Locks: 18

Heading south towards along the Grand Union Canal, this route has a taste of everything even in just a weekend break. The 3rd longest tunnel at Blisworth , and the lovely .....
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Fotheringhay and Peterborough through th.....
Marina : March
County: Cambridgeshire
Canal: n/a
River: Nene
Cruising Days: 5.00 to 8.00
Cruising Hours: 25.00
Locks: 18

Fotheringhay is an attractive little village with a lot of history. The first castle here was built in 1100 and the second in the 14th century. In 1452 Richard III was born .....
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Foxton and Crick from North Kilworth Wha.....
Marina : North Kilworth
County: Leicestershire
Canal: Grand Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 16.00
Locks: 0

Lock-free cruise along the Grand Union Canal in a 21-mile stretch. View the famous Foxton Locks without having to do them!! Also, see the remains of the steam-powered Foxton .....
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Gailey Staffordshire countryside
Marina : Gailey
County: Staffordshire
Canals: Shropshire Union, Staffordshire And Worcestershire
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 13.25
Locks: 4

A rural route through the Staffordshire countryside, along the quiet stretches of the Shropshire Union Canal, past small villages and Canalside pubs. Only 2 locks each way so a .....
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Gargrave from Reedley Marina
Marina : Reedley
County: Lancashire
Canal: Leeds And Liverpool
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 17.00
Locks: 38

Lovely countryside through this remote and beautiful landscape. Barnoldswick is steeped in living history. Its ancient heritage dates back to pre-Roman times. Nowadays, .....
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Glasgow and return from Falkirk
Marina : Falkirk
County: Stirlingshire
Canal: Forth And Clyde
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 17.50
Locks: 10

Glasgow is one of Europe's most exciting destinations, combining the energy and sophistication of a great international city with some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery. All .....
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Gloucester from Worcester marina
Marina : Worcester
Counties: Gloucestershire, Worcestershire
Canal: n/a
River: Severn
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 20.00
Locks: 0

Cruise down the River Severn where all the locks are done for you to the historic city of Gloucester - A trip to Gloucester wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the 11th .....
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Gnosall and return from Gailey
Marina : Gailey
County: Staffordshire
Canal: Shropshire Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 20.00
Locks: 4

Cruise through beautiful countryside passing through deep wooded cuttings and embankments that give views for miles. In some sections you will only pass though a handful of .....
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Goring on the Thames from Caversham
Marina : Caversham
County: Berkshire
Canal: n/a
River: Thames
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 8.00
Locks: 6

Two ancient riverside villages separated by a river and joined by a bridge. Since Victorian times, Goring & Streatley has always been a popular holiday destination. In two .....
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Great Haywood and return from Gailey
Marina : Gailey
County: Staffordshire
Canal: Staffordshire And Worcestershire
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 15.00
Locks: 24

Cruise the lovely Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, past Stafford and visit the 900 year old Stafford Castle and through the beautiful Cannock Chase to Shugborough Hall, a .....
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Great Linford and return from Gayton
Marina : Gayton
County: Northamptonshire
Canal: Grand Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 13.50
Locks: 16

Heading south along the Grand Union Canal, this route has a taste of everything even in just a weekend break. The 3rd longest tunnel at Blisworth , and the lovely village of .....
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Henley and return from Aldermaston
Marina : Aldermaston
County: Berkshire
Canal: Kennet And Avon
River: Thames
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 20.00
Locks: 28

Cruise along the Kennet & Avon canal to the River Thames and the renowned town of Henley-on-Thames. Passing Reading you will be central for shopping or just strolling around .....
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Historic city of Windsor from Caversham .....
Marina : Caversham
County: Berkshire
Canal: n/a
River: Thames
Cruising Days: 5.00 to 8.00
Cruising Hours: 23.00
Locks: 22

Cruise to the Royal town of Windsor and visit its famous castle and Legoland , not a long cruise for a weeks stay but plenty to see and do. On a mid week 4 nights stay there will .....
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Hungerford and return from Aldermaston
Marina : Aldermaston
County: Berkshire
Canal: Kennet And Avon
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 23.25
Locks: 42

Aldermaston wharf is close to the railway station with good connections to Paddington in London, taking 55 minutes from London Paddington , or 13 minutes from Reading railway .....
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Keighley and the Yorkshire Dales from Ba.....
Marina : Barnoldswick
County: Yorkshire
Canal: Leeds And Liverpool
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 24.50
Locks: 28

Skipton is probably the most handsome town along the Leeds and Liverpool canal and known as the gateway to the magnificent Yorkshire Dales. With its famous 900-year-old castle, .....
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Kidderminster and return from Worcester
Marina : Worcester
County: Worcestershire
Canals: Staffordshire And Worcestershire, Worcester And Birmingham
River: Severn
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 18.50
Locks: 30

Cruise up the River Severn past the imposing Worcester cathedral to Stourport on Severn full of moored boats in its Canal basins to one of the prettiest canals in England- the .....
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Kintbury and return from Aldermaston
Marina : Aldermaston
County: Berkshire
Canal: Kennet And Avon
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00 to 5.00
Cruising Hours: 19.50
Locks: 34

Aldermaston wharf is close to the railway station with good connections to Paddington in London, taking 55 minutes from London Paddington , or 13 minutes from Reading railway .....
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Lapworth Flight from Alvechurch
Marina : Alvechurch
County: Worcestershire
Canals: Stratford Upon Avon, Worcester And Birmingham
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 14.00
Locks: 0

Briefly heading north, then turning down on the Stratford Canal towards Stratford, this relaxing route involves no locks at all, so ideal for novices who don't want a city route .....
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Leicester and return from Market Harboro.....
Marina : Market Harborough
County: Leicestershire
Canal: Grand Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00 to 8.00
Cruising Hours: 28.00
Locks: 48

Visit the new visitor Centre of Richard III in Leicester and follow the story of the most ambitious archaeological projects ever attempted: no less than a search for the lost .....
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Leighton Buzzard and return from Gayton
Marina : Gayton
County: Northamptonshire
Canal: Grand Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 25.00
Locks: 28

Heading south towards Aylesbury, this route has a taste of everything even in just a short break. The two destinations are separated by the 'new town' of Milton Keynes, where the .....
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Linlithgow and Edinburgh
Marina : Falkirk
County: Stirlingshire
Canal: Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 8.50
Locks: 6

Edinburgh has a host of fabulous attractions, from iconic Edinburgh Castle with the Crown jewels displayed to the National Museum of Scotland & great theatres offering excellent .....
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Little Venice, Regents Park and Zoo, Cam.....
Marina : London
County: n/a
Canal: Regents
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 12.00
Locks: 24

Little Venice is home to quirky waterside cafes, cosy pubs, and charming restaurants and boasts some of the most interesting independant theatre venues in London . Regent’s .....
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Llangynidr and return from Goytre
Marina : Goytre
County: Monmouthshire
Canal: Monmouthshire And Brecon
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 14.00
Locks: 0

Cruise to Llangynidr through the breathtaking scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park, surrounded by the Black mountains & overlooking the Usk valley, passing Abergavenny & .....
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London cruise from Middx marina
Marina : Middlesex
County: Middlesex
Canal: Grand Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00 to 5.00
Cruising Hours: 14.00
Locks: 8

London offers a myriad of interesting things to do and see (and to eat at) see London Zoo, float through leafy Maida Vale, visit Portobello Road Market, Camden Lock is a very .....
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Lymm and return from Anderton
Marina : Anderton
County: Cheshire
Canal: Trent And Mersey
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 13.50
Locks: 2

Cruise above the picturesque River Weaver and its valley, where the only lock has a drop of just six inches! Preston Brook has a tunnel of nearly a mile and there are also .....
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Manchester and return from Anderton
Marina : Anderton
County: Cheshire
Canal: Trent And Mersey
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 16.45
Locks: 2

Rural cruise through the lovely Cheshire countryside to Timperley and catch a 15 minute tram ride into Manchester city centre where there is a wealth of culture, restaurants and .....
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Market Bosworth and the tranquil Ashby C.....
Marina : Rugby
County: Warwickshire
Canals: Ashby, Coventry
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 24.50
Locks: 2

The Ashby Canal is surrounded by rural farmland, woodlands and the occasional bridge Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre tells the dramatic story of the Battle of Bosworth on .....
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Market Harborough and Foxton locks from .....
Marina : North Kilworth
County: Leicestershire
Canal: Grand Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 13.50
Locks: 20

Market Harborough is a market town within the Harborough district of Leicestershire. The town is located in an area which was formerly a part of the Rockingham Forest, a royal .....
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Mid Worcestershire ring from Worcester
Marina : Worcester
County: Worcestershire
Canals: Droitwich, Worcester And Birmingham
River: Severn
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 14.00
Locks: 33

One of the shortest Rings in the Country, this circular route can be done over a weekend, and takes in the Roman spa town of Droitwich, and the cathedral city of Worcester, also .....
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Middlewich from Nantwich
Marina : Nantwich
County: Cheshire
Canal: Shropshire Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 11.50
Locks: 8

Rural cruise along the Middlewich branch which is an attractive and under-rated canal with some wonderful tranquil moorings. Middlewich was once a thriving centre for the .....
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Milton Keynes and return from Gayton
Marina : Gayton
County: Northamptonshire
Canal: Grand Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 13.50
Locks: 16

Heading south along the Grand Union Canal, this route has a taste of everything even in just a weekend break. The 3rd longest tunnel at Blisworth , and the lovely village of Stoke .....
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Mossley through traditional Pennine vill.....
Marina : Poynton
County: Cheshire
Canals: Huddersfield Narrow, Macclesfield
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00 to 7.00
Cruising Hours: 26.00
Locks: 60

Cruise through villages and Towns on the fringe of the Pennines with memories of past Industry like Coal, cotton and Weaving .....
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Nantwich and return from Anderton
Marina : Anderton
County: Cheshire
Canal: Trent And Mersey
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 21.00
Locks: 16

Cruise the tranquil Middlewich Canal to Nantwich which has been prosperous since Roman times because of the Salt springs, but the town was devastated by fire in 1583, and has .....
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Nantwich and return from Whitchurch
Marina : Whitchurch
County: Shropshire
Canal: Llangollen
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 21.00
Locks: 38

Cruise along the Llangollen canal, through the Grindley Brook staircase locks to the Roman town of Nantwich on the Shropshire Union Canal. You can extend your cruise to take in .....
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Nantwich and return from Wrenbury
Marina : Wrenbury
County: Shropshire
Canal: Llangollen
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 12.00
Locks: 18

Cruise along the lovely Shropshire Union Canal to the historic Cheshire Market town of Nantwich with its fine Tudor buildings and visit the Secret Bunker- The Bunker is described .....
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Napton and return from Gayton
Marina : Gayton
County: Northamptonshire
Canal: Grand Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 19.00
Locks: 26

Very rural cruise through villages and unspoilt landscape, with lovely village pubs along the way, Pass the Heart of the Shires Shopping Village which has been established in .....
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Napton and return from Rugby
Marina : Rugby
County: Warwickshire
Canal: Oxford
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 13.00
Locks: 6

Rugby is a large town with many shops and of course is the home of the game of Rugby. It is 30 minutes walk to the town centre. There is a pedestrianised shopping centre and an .....
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Newbury and return from Aldermaston
Marina : Aldermaston
County: Berkshire
Canal: Kennet And Avon
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 12.00
Locks: 20

Aldermaston wharf is near Reading and Newbury in Berkshire and is close to the railway station with good connections to Paddington in London, taking 55 minutes from London .....
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Oakgrove along the Macclesfield canal fr.....
Marina : Poynton
County: Cheshire
Canal: Macclesfield
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 9.00
Locks: 0

Very relaxing cruise along the lock free section of the Macclesfield Canal, visiting the town of that name, and just remote villages and towns along the way. In Macclesfield you .....
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Penkridge through the Staffordshire coun.....
Marina : Stone
County: Staffordshire
Canals: Staffordshire And Worcestershire, Trent And Mersey
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 20.50
Locks: 22

Cruise through the Staffordshire countryside enjoying the small villages and Canalside pubs, there are no towns here, although Stafford can be reached after a 1.5 mile .....
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Peterborough and Ferry Meadows Country P.....
Marina : March
County: Cambridgeshire
Canal: n/a
River: Nene
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 12.00
Locks: 4

Peterborough- Entertainment for the whole family is available at Ferry Meadows Country Park which has a watersports centre and lakes for fishing, boating and sailing. .....
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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and return from Bl.....
Marina : Blackwater
County: Shropshire
Canal: Llangollen
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 12.50
Locks: 4

This very beautiful canal is one of the most popular Waterways in Europe, and includes the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which is one of the most spectacular and amazing feats of .....
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Pontcysyllte Whitchurch from Blackwater
Marina : Blackwater
County: Shropshire
Canal: Llangollen
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 27.00
Locks: 4

Cruise over the spectacular Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a Grade 1 listed building opened in 1805, and rising 38 metres above the River Dee. This magnificent 19 arch structure was .....
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Reading and return from Aldermaston
Marina : Aldermaston
County: Berkshire
Canal: Kennet And Avon
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 12.50
Locks: 20

Aldermaston wharf is close to the railway station with good connections to Paddington in London, taking 55 minutes from London Paddington , or 13 minutes from Reading railway .....
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River Weaver from Anderton
Marina : Anderton
County: Cheshire
Canal: Trent And Mersey
River: Weaver
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 15.00
Locks: 8

With the re-opening of the Anderton boat lift in Spring 2002, a whole new navigation is open for exploration from the Anderton base. A stunning feat of 19th Century engineering, .....
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Rode Heath from Anderton
Marina : Anderton
County: Cheshire
Canal: Trent And Mersey
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 23.00
Locks: 44

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 .....
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Rugby and return from Gayton
Marina : Gayton
County: Northamptonshire
Canals: Grand Union, Oxford
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 24.50
Locks: 32

Cruise to the town where the sport of Rugby began. It was during a game of football in 1823 when a boy from Rugby school took the ball in his arms and ran with it, this started .....
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Runcorn from Anderton
Marina : Anderton
County: Cheshire
Canal: Trent And Mersey
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 9.50
Locks: 2

Lovely views of the River Weaver, with a marvellous view straight down the huge Saltersford locks. All around this area are relics of salt workings, some of which still go on .....
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Saddington from Market Harborough
Marina : Market Harborough
County: Leicestershire
Canal: Grand Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00 to 5.00
Cruising Hours: 17.50
Locks: 22

Leisurely cruise to the village of Welford through the fantastic Foxton staircase flight of locks & to the village of Saddington just north of Foxton. Very rural route with just .....
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Skipton and return
Marina : Barnoldswick
County: Yorkshire
Canal: Leeds And Liverpool
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 17.50
Locks: 28

Cruise through outstanding scenery through the Yorkshire Dales to Skipton which is probably the most handsome town along the Leeds and Liverpool canal. As the gateway to the .....
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Skipton and return from Reedley gateway .....
Marina : Reedley
County: Lancashire
Canal: Leeds And Liverpool
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 26.50
Locks: 44

As the gateway to the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, people travel the length and breadth of the country to visit this charming market town. With its famous 900 year old castle, .....
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Skipton gateway to the Yorkshire Dales
Marina : Skipton
County: Yorkshire
Canal: Leeds And Liverpool
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 16.00
Locks: 24

Cruise through outstanding scenery through the Yorkshire Dales to Skipton which is probably the most handsome town along the Leeds and Liverpool canal. As the gateway to the .....
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Skipton to Burnley and the Weavers trian.....
Marina : Skipton
Counties: Lancashire, Yorkshire
Canal: Leeds And Liverpool
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 14.00
Locks: 20

In Burnley cobbled streets of terraced houses run down to the Canal, and old Wharves are gradually being restored , with one of the best preserved industrial districts in the .....
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Stalybridge and Return from Poynton
Marina : Poynton
County: Cheshire
Canals: Huddersfield Narrow, Macclesfield
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 18.50
Locks: 44

Higher Poynton is a pretty place to moor up, and the canal is wider here too. There are ducks and swans, and nearby is a recreation ground, also a pub just near Bridge 15 .....
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Stoke Bruerne and return from Rugby
Marina : Rugby
County: Warwickshire
Canals: Grand Union, Oxford
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 26.50
Locks: 32

Rural cruising through lovely countryside past the canal villages of Braunston & Stoke Bruerne with 2 small flights of locks and 2 tunnels, including the 3rd longest in the .....
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Stoke on Trent and the Potteries from St.....
Marina : Stone
County: Staffordshire
Canal: Trent And Mersey
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 11.50
Locks: 24

The Staffordshire Potteries is the industrial area encompassing the six towns, Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Fenton and Longton that now make up the city of Stoke-on-Trent in .....
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Stoke Prior and return from Worcester
Marina : Worcester
County: Worcestershire
Canal: Worcester And Birmingham
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 15.00
Locks: 38

Start from the historic city of Worcester with its glorious Cathedral and cruise through the Worcestershire countryside passing small vilages and Canalside .....
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Stourbridge's Industrial Heritage Glass .....
Marina : Stourport on Severn
County: Worcestershire
Canals: Staffordshire And Worcestershire, Stourbridge
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 18.00
Locks: 30

During the Industrial Revolution the ‘Black Country’ was a manufacturing landscape. Factories and foundries lined a network of canals. Barges carried coal, sand and limestone .....
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Tewkesbury from Stourport on Severn
Marina : Stourport on Severn
County: Worcestershire
Canal: n/a
River: Severn
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 20.50
Locks: 18

Lovely route along the River Severn, with all the locks done for you! Worcester has plenty to offer the visitor, including the imposing cathedral which dates from 1074. In .....
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Tewkesbury from Worcester Marina
Marina : Worcester
Counties: Gloucestershire, Worcestershire
Canal: n/a
River: Severn
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 10.00
Locks: 0

With a rich, vibrant history and a beautiful waterside setting, there is plenty for everyone to discover in Tewkesbury. You can take in the stunning scenery by taking a stroll .....
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Thames cruise to Marlow via Henley on Th.....
Marina : Caversham
County: Berkshire
Canal: n/a
River: Thames
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 12.00
Locks: 7

Take a cruise on the Thames and visit lovely villages like Sonning and the re-nowned towns of Henley on Thames and Marlow. Henley is a fine market town and the main street runs .....
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Timperley and return from Anderton
Marina : Anderton
County: Cheshire
Canal: Trent And Mersey
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 16.42
Locks: 2

Rural cruise through the lovely Cheshire countryside to Timperley and catch a 15 minute tram ride into Manchester city centre where there is a wealth of culture, restaurants and .....
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Trent and Mersey Canal Stone to Fradley .....
Marina : Stone
County: Staffordshire
Canal: Trent And Mersey
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 21.75
Locks: 20

The Trent & Mersey Canal, engineered by James Brindley, was the country’s first long-distance canal. It is full of interesting features, which reflect its history. There is a .....
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Waltham Abey and the Lee Navigation from.....
Marina : London
County: Essex
Canal: n/a
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 12.00
Locks: 14

The Lea Navigation waterways were given a new lease of life following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. From the titanic 114.5m high ArcelorMittal Orbit, the .....
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Wansford and the Fens from March marina
Marina : March
County: Cambridgeshire
Canal: n/a
River: Nene
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 18.00
Locks: 10

An idyllic journey through wide countryside bursting with wildlife and quintessentially English charms. As well as mingling with geese, swans and precious species of endangered .....
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Welford and return from Market Harboroug.....
Marina : Market Harborough
County: Leicestershire
Canal: Grand Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 15.50
Locks: 22

The marina at Union Wharf has been redeveloped by British Waterways over the last few years. The marina is located at the northern end of Market Harborough - a quaint, traditional .....
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Whaley Bridge in the Peak District from .....
Marina : Poynton
County: Cheshire
Canals: Macclesfield, Peak Forest
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 9.50
Locks: 0

Whaley Bridge is a Derbyshire Peak District village on the River Goyt. It is the terminus of the High Peak Canal with lovely scenery but some remains of the former industy that .....
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Wheelock and return from Anderton
Marina : Anderton
County: Cheshire
Canal: Trent And Mersey
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 17.50
Locks: 24

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. The canalside area .....
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Whitchurch and return from Blackwater Ma.....
Marina : Blackwater
County: Shropshire
Canal: Llangollen
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 10.00
Locks: 0

The Mere at Ellesmere is the largest and most spectacular of the nine glacial meres in North Shropshire. The Mere is surrounded by circular walks, woodlands and gardens and is a .....
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Whitchurch and return from Nantwich
Marina : Nantwich
County: Cheshire
Canals: Llangollen, Shropshire Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 20.00
Locks: 38

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 .....
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Whitchurch and return from Wrenbury
Marina : Wrenbury
County: Shropshire
Canal: Llangollen
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 10.50
Locks: 20

Cruise along the lovely Llangollen canal to the old Roman town of Whitchurch through the Grindley Brook Flight of locks- a short staircase of 3 locks which is quite exiting to .....
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Whixall Moss and the Meres from Blackwat.....
Marina : Blackwater
Counties: Cheshire, Shropshire
Canal: Llangollen
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 25.50
Locks: 26

The Mere at Ellesmere is the largest and most spectacular of the nine glacial meres in North Shropshire. The Mere is surrounded by circular walks, woodlands and gardens and is a .....
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Worcester and return from Alvechurch
Marina : Alvechurch
County: Worcestershire
Canal: Worcester And Birmingham
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00 to 8.00
Cruising Hours: 29.50
Locks: 108

This short cruise is only for the energetic as it includes the 30 locks of the Tardebigge Flight which is the largest flight in Britain, and raises the Worcester & Birmingham .....
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Worcester from Stourport on Severn
Marina : Stourport on Severn
County: Worcestershire
Canal: n/a
River: Severn
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 10.00
Locks: 14

Lovely route along the River Severn, with all the locks done for you! Worcester has plenty to offer the visitor, including the imposing cathedral which dates from 1074. In .....
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Worcester to Stourport or Kidderminster
Marina : Worcester
County: Worcestershire
Canals: Staffordshire And Worcestershire, Worcester And Birmingham
River: Severn
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 18.50
Locks: 30

The River Severn winds its way through the picturesque Worcestershire countryside, you leave the River Severn at Stourport on Severn & join the Staffordshire & Worcestershire .....
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Wrenbury and return from Whitchurch
Marina : Whitchurch
County: Shropshire
Canal: Llangollen
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 10.50
Locks: 20

This three day cruise takes you through some beautiful countryside along the Llangollen Canal, in Shropshire, past the old Roman town of Whitchurch cruising through the small .....
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Yorkshire Dales Keighley and return from.....
Marina : Skipton
County: Yorkshire
Canal: Leeds And Liverpool
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 23.00
Locks: 24

Cruise in the Yorkshire Dales Skipton is probably the most handsome town along the Leeds and Liverpool canal and known as the gateway to the magnificent Yorkshire Dales. .....
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