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Shady Oak to Barbridge Inn

This a long full day trip through 6 locks, taking around 3 hours to get to the Barbridge Inn (Telephone No. 01270 528327) where you can stop for lunch before returning to Shady Oak. Trip InformationTrip Departure Point: Shady Oak Pub (Beeston)Departing from the Shady Oak Pub. To get to the Shady Oak, where you […]

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Shady Oak to Barbridge Junction

This is a full day trip passing through 6 locks, and is suitable for self catering only.  The boat will turn at the Barbridge Junction and moor up for lunch. Trip InformationTrip Departure Point: Shady Oak Pub (Beeston)Departing from the Shady Oak Pub. To get to the Shady Oak, where you can park in the […]

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Shady Oak to Bunbury Wharf

This a leisurely full day trip passing through 6 locks, turning just beyond the Bunbury staircase locks before returning to the Shady Oak.  Lunch is available at the Tollemache Arms, Alpraham (Telephone No. 01829 261716) 2/3 mile from Bunbury Wharf, or the Dysart Arms, Bunbury (Telephone No. 01829 260183) almost a mile from Bunbury Wharf. […]

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Shady Oak to Crow’s Nest Bridge (via Wharton’s Lock)

This is a short day trip, passing first through Wharton’s Lock and then turning to return through the lock and making the short run to Crow’s Nest Bridge adjacent to Tattenhall Marina.  This trip is suitable for self catering only. Trip InformationTrip Departure Point: Shady Oak Pub (Beeston)Departing from the Shady Oak Pub. To get […]

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Shady Oak to Christleton

This is a full day trip with no locks.  Lunch is available at the Cheshire Cat at Christleton (Telephone No. 01244 332200) or The Old Trooper (Telephone No. 01244 335784).  Both pubs are canalside. Trip InformationTrip Departure Point: Shady Oak Pub (Beeston)Departing from the Shady Oak Pub. To get to the Shady Oak, where you […]

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Trevor to Chirk

A full day’s trip, with no locks but crossing 2 aqueducts and through 2 tunnels.  The scenery is spectacular throughout, particularly when crossing the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.  Lunch is available at The Poachers (formerly the Poacher’s Pocket, Telephone No. 01691 773250) which is canalside. The boat will turn near here to return to Trevor Trip InformationTrip […]

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Preston Brook to Anderton Boat Lift

This trip goes through three tunnels, two of which are time controlled, so a prompt 9.00am start is essential. Any delay can result in a one hour wait, which in turn may cause the trip to be curtailed at the skipper’s discretion. Because of reliability problems with the Anderton Boat Lift (it broke down several […]

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Preston Brook to Bartington (Acton Bridge)

This trip passes through the long Preston Brook Tunnel and one small lock.  It is ideal for access to Davenport’s Tea Room (Booking essential, Telephone No. 01606 853241), which is 50 yards from the canal, or the Leigh Arms (Telephone No. 01606 853327) 1/4 mile away beside the River Weaver. Trip InformationTrip Departure Point: Preston […]

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Preston Brook to “Stanley Arms” at Anderton

This trip goes through three tunnels allowing for dining at the Stanley Arms (Telephone No. 01606 75059), passengers are advised to contact them direct and reserve in advance. Trip InformationTrip Departure Point: Preston BrookExit M56 at Jctn 11, head S-W on A56 Chester Road for 0.7 mile. On crossing canal turn sharp Right in front of […]

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Preston Brook to Bluebell Cottage Gardens and Nursery

(Wednesday to Sunday only) Passengers need to be on board by 10.am, as this trip goes through one tunnel subject to strict time control. Unless times are adhered to a delay of up to one hour may result. After the tunnel the boat passes through a shallow “stop lock” before turning to moor at the […]

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Preston Brook to Lymm

This Trip goes through meandering countryside, after passing below the M6 in the Thelwall area arrives in picturesque Lymm. No locks. Wide range of eating in Lymm; Sextons Bakery/Cake shop, Lymm Fish & Chips, Golden Fleece (p/h) Spread Eagle (p/h) or Self catering. As this is a “Full day” the lunch stop may require limitation. […]

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Preston Brook to Runcorn

This Trip goes towards Runcorn Bridge. No locks. Self catering is suggested as there is only a Fish & Chip shop approx 10 minute walk from the boat. Trip InformationTrip Departure Point: Preston BrookExit M56 at Jctn 11, head S-W on A56 Chester Road for 0.7 mile. On crossing canal turn sharp Right in front of […]

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Ellesmere Port to Backford

No locks and there is no lunch venue – self catering Trip InformationTrip Departure Point: Ellesmere Port (Boat Museum)Parking is at the boat museum, disabled parking available at canal side. For Sat Nav Postcode is CH65 4FW Trip Duration: Short Day TripDeparture times can be arranged from 9.00am – 11.00am with trips lasting 4 to […]

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Ellesmere Port to Chester (Telford Basin)

No locks, Telford’s Wharf pub is available for lunch or choice of two Fish & chip shops Trip InformationTrip Departure Point: Ellesmere Port (Boat Museum)Parking is at the boat museum, disabled parking available at canal side. For Sat Nav Postcode is CH65 4FW Trip Duration: Full Day TripFull day trips typically depart between 9.00am – […]

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Christleton (Cheshire Cat) to Beeston (Shady Oak)

No locks. The Shady Oak pub is available for lunch which should be pre-ordered. Trip InformationTrip Departure Point: Cheshire Cat (Christleton)Departing from the Cheshire Cat, just off the A41. The Management of the Cheshire Cat are happy for those taking a trip with us to park on their Car Park. However we would ask you […]

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Christleton (Cheshire Cat) to Whartons Lock

One lock. This trip goes up through Wharton’s Lock to turn and then returns down the lock to pass the Shady Oak. These trips must be Self-catering as there is no time allowed for a lunch stop. Trip InformationTrip Departure Point: Cheshire Cat (Christleton)Departing from the Cheshire Cat, just off the A41. The Management of […]

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Christleton (Cheshire Cat) to Chester (Cow Lane Bridge)

This Trip passes through 5 locks each way and may finish early if there is no queue at any of the locks. This destination is in the centre of Chester and we suggest Self catering, as this journey has open timing due to locks. Any time ashore needs to be carefully limited. Trip InformationTrip Departure […]

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Residential Trips

Please contact the Office to discuss your requirements Trip InformationTrip Duration: Residential

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Christleton (Cheshire Cat) to Crow’s Nest (Tattenhall)

No locks and there is no lunch venue – self catering Trip InformationTrip Departure Point: Cheshire Cat (Christleton)Departing from the Cheshire Cat, just off the A41. The Management of the Cheshire Cat are happy for those taking a trip with us to park on their Car Park. However we would ask you to park at […]

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