Our Manchester Heritage canal holiday includes a night in Castlefield and night in Worsley, taking in the historic Barton Aqueduct over The Manchester Ship Canal
Castlefield Basin, Central Manchester.
Our cruise begins and ends on our permanent mooring in Castlefield Basin in central Manchester where guests stay for the second 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.
The Barton Aqueduct Swing Bridge
We cruise over the Manchester Ship Canal on the historic Barton Swing Aqueduct taking in the heritage and wonders of this amazing example of Victorian civil engineering before travelling onto Worsley.
Along the way you can chat to the skipper about local canal history and take a turn at driving the boat!
Worsley – Birthplace of the English canals!
We stay overnight at the birthplace of the English Canals, Worsley!
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.
This cruise is for exclusive boat charter sleeping upto 4 on a self catering basis with your Skipper doing the driving.
Remember that the skipper, Steve, sometimes lives on-board and has a separate bedroom, bathroom & front door. Guests have exclusive access to the rest of the boat through the main door at the back of the boat and will not be disturbed during your cruise.
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.