This six night cruise takes in the highlights along the Bridgewater Canal visiting two Cheshire Gardens of Distinction, the lovely market town of Lymm, The National Trust Dunham Massey House, Gardens & Deer Park, the birthplace of The English canals – Worsley, we cross the famous Barton Aqueduct bridge and spend a night in heritage Manchester, enjoying plenty of lovely canal cruising through the Cheshire countryside.
Castlefield Basin, Central Manchester.
Our cruise begins and ends on our permanent mooring in Castlefield Basin in central Manchester where guests can enjoy a night taking in the industrial and Roman heart of Manchester. Castlefield is home to a Roman fort, networks of canals, old mills, new bars and sophisticated restaurants.
Our mooring is in front of The Wharf Pub which serves great food, fine wines and a good selection of beers.
Dunham Massey Hall, Gardens and Deer Park
This National Trust estate is an easy ten minute walk from the boat which you reach through the charming hamlet of Little Bollington which has a tea room and fine country pub!
The Lovely Market Town of Lymm.
After some fine cruising through the Cheshire countryside where we catch glimpses of the west Pennine hills through the hedgerows, we moor up in the delightful market town of Lymm.
Explore the shops & cafes or step out on a lovely walk around Lymm Dam before sampling the delights of the local restaurants & pubs for the evening.
Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden
Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden joined the Cheshire Gardens of Distinction campaign for 2015 and has a fine cafe! The Glasshouses are well stocked and a passing chat with a gardener always proves informative with them sharing their gardening tips.
The Walled Garden is about half mile from the canal so can be walked in about 15 minutes, or if you prefer, by a short taxi trip which we will be pleased to book for you.
Worsley – Birthplace of the English canals!
We visit the birthplace of the English Canals, Worsley, and check out the mine entrance and Hall.
The canal waters in these parts is an ochre orange, coloured by the iron ore still bleaching out from the 41 miles of mines dug to bring coal to the surface along a network of underground canals.
On the canalside there is the boathouse, built to house the royal barge prepared for Queen Victoria’s visit in 1851 and Duke’s Wharf. Close by is the half timbered Worsley Old Hall previously used as Court House and Reading Rooms.