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Lancashire Canal Holidays. Our 3 night Cruise to Pennington Flash

Our Lancashire canal holidays cruise to the birthplace of the English canals, Worsley, then along the Leigh Branch of the Bridgewater Canal, through mining country and onto Pennington Flash (which is  a haven for bird watchers).

Guests can take in a visit to The Lancashire Mining Museum and we cruise over The Manchester Ship Canal along the Barton Bridge Swing Aqueduct.


Worsley Packet House courtesy of http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/532992
Day 1. Castlefield to Worsley.

Guests are invited to arrive between 1pm – 2pm. If you want to arrive earlier then you can enjoy the hospitality at the nearby Wharf Pub Restaurant for lunch.

Departing Castlefield Basin at 3pm 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.

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 & Bar is our favourite!

Horrocks Flash courtesy of www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1530434The Old Boathouse Pub at Astley Green

Day 2. To Pennington Flash and Astley Green

Our morning cruise takes us into mining country,  through the mill town of Leigh then onto the wildlife haven at Pennington Flash Country Park where we spend a couple of hours.

“The flash is a lake created at the turn of the 20th century by coal mining subsidence, mainly from Bickershaw Colliery, and flooding. Now an extensive nature reserve with several bird hides and a network of tracks and footpaths, Pennington Flash Country Park is nationally renowned for its birdlife and is a classic example of natural regeneration. A variety of well-maintained paths cater to walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Ideal for disabled persons, the Flash’s hides have ramps for wheelchair access.”

Suitably refreshed we head back from our short time on The Leeds Liverpool canal and back onto The Bridgewater Canal and our evening mooring at the traditional canal side Old Boat House pub at Astley Green, where many an hour can be spent enjoying their hospitality and company of locals!

Once we reach Astley Green your skipper leaves you to it for the night and returns to the boat in the morning.

Castlerose crossing The Barton Aqueduct Swing Bridge
 Day 3. Astley Green to Castlefield Basin

Our day starts with the opportunity to visit to The Lancashire Mining Museum at Astley Green which is well worth the visit and only a 5 minute walk from the boat. “The museum boasts the last surviving Headgear and Winding Engine in Lancashire and a collection of 28 colliery locomotives, the largest collection of its type in the United Kingdom.”

After lunch, we cruise back through Worsley and onto the historic Barton Swing Aqueduct taking in the wonders of this amazing example of Victorian civil engineering which crosses over The Manchester Ship Canal at some height!

We continue our cruise back into Manchester aiming to be back on our mooring for 6pm in time for a relaxing evening in Castlefield Basin or night out in Manchester…

Castlerose View of Merchants Bridge Castlefield Manchester
 Day 4. Castlefield Basin. 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 3 Night Lancashire 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.