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Cheshire Canal Holidays. Itinerary for our 4 night Cruise to Lymm

Our Cheshire canal holidays cruise to the birthplace of the English canals, Worsley,  the National Trust’s Dunham Massey Hall, Gardens & Deer Park and the charming village of Lymm before returning through the Cheshire countryside to Castlefield Basin.

Guests can take in a visit to The Lowry Art Gallery or Imperial War Museum at Salford Quays and we cruise over The Manchester Ship Canal along the Barton Bridge Swing Aqueduct.


Castlerose moored at Worsley
Day 1. Castlefield to Worsley.

Guests are invited to arrive between 1pm – 2pm. After your journey you can enjoy the hospitality at the nearby Wharf Pub Restaurant for lunch.

Departing Castlefield Basin about 2.30pm our cruise takes us out of the city where we run alongside The Manchester Ship Canal and past Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium onto the birthplace of the English Canals, Worsley, where we moor at Worsley Delph in front of the Packet House.

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 Packet House previously used as Court House and Reading Rooms.

Once we reach Worsley your skipper leaves you to it for the night and returns to the boat in the morning. For your night out, Worsley has a canal-side choice of restaurants and a pub:  George’s Dining Room and Bar is our favourite!

A view of Barton Bridge Tower from Castlerose
Day 2. From Worsley to Dunham Massey.

Our morning cruise takes us over the Manchester Ship Canal on the historic Barton Swing Aqueduct taking in the wonders of this amazing example of Victorian civil engineering before journeying further along the Bridgewater Canal and into the Cheshire countryside stopping off at Little Heath Farm Shop where we can stock up on local breakfast produce.

We cruise onto Little Bollington where the canal offers lovely countryside views. This charming hamlet has a tea room and a fine pub where guests can enjoy a walk or a visit to the The Swan With Two Nicks  where many a happy hour has been lost in conversations with the locals whilst enjoying their fine food!

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Day 3.  From Dunham to Lymm

Our lazy day starts with giving guests the morning to explore Dunham Massey Hall & Deer Park before continuing our cruise through the Cheshire countryside where we catch glimpses of the west Pennine hills through the hedgerows.

By late afternoon, we moor up in the charming village of Lymm where you can explore the shops & cafes, or step out on a lovely walk around Lymm Damm before sampling the delights of the local restaurants & pubs for the evening.


Castlerose moored in Lymm
Day 4.  From Lymm to Castlefield (via Salford Quays & Media City). 

We retrace our steps cruising through the leafy suburb of Altrincham before making our way back into Manchester.

Guests can jump ship for the afternoon should you so wish taking in a trip to nearby Salford Quays which includes  The Lowry Art Gallery ,  Lowry Outlet and The Imperial War Museum.

An easy taxi or Manchester Tram trip from Media City brings guests back to Castlerose in time for an evening in Castlefield or night out in Manchester.


Castlerose View of Merchants Bridge Castlefield Manchester
Day 5.  Disembarkation.

After one final hearty breakfast we say goodbye to our “Cruisers” and wish you bon-voyage.

If you do want to extend your stay and enjoy a City Break in Manchester then please ask us about booking an additional night.


Book a 4 Night Cheshire Canal Cruise


This cruise is for whole boat charter on a self catering basis with your Skipper doing the driving.

We depart from, and return to our lovely mooring at Castlefield Basin in central Manchester.

Guests are invited to board between 1pm-2pm on the day of departure and disembark by 11am at the end of the cruise.

At the end of each day we tie up near a country pub or in a village every night. Your Skipper then leaves you to it and returns the following morning to continue your cruise.