We’re off to Skipton in September – taking in the beautiful Lancashire countryside, rugged mill towns, The Pennines, The Dales and a lots and lots of locks! Please join us.
Your skipper, Steve, does the driving allowing guests to enjoy the canal holiday cruise without the stresses and strains of driving your own boat. The cruises are offered on a “Bed, Breakfast & Cruise” basis and at the end of each day we tie up near a country pub or in a village every night. We’ve no problem with guests also using the kitchen facilities so that you can cater on-board if you prefer.
You’ll have all the luxuries of Castlerose for yourselves and your group or family, sleeping upto 4 guests. You have exclusive access to the guest quarters including bedroom & house bathroom, a fully fitted kitchen, dining area and lounge with multi-fuel fire and TV. The bedroom can be setup either as a large double or 2 x singles and there is a double sofa bed in the lounge.
Prices quoted are “per boat” for upto 4 people on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
Manchester to Wigan – 3 Nights – Bridgewater Canal Cruise
Dates: Sunday 1st – Wednesday 4th September
Guests board in Manchester then we cruise out of the city, over the epic Barton Swing Aqueduct and onto Worsley, birthplace of the English canals, along the Leigh Branch of the Bridgewater Canal through mining country and onto Pennington Flash and Wigan.
Wigan to Chorley – 3 Nights – Taking In The Wigan Flight
Dates: Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th September
Thursday is spent ascending The Wigan Flight, all 21 locks of it… But fear not! The good volunteers of the Canal & River Boat Trust offer a support service every Thursday assisting boats thru the flight. We then cruise through some lovely rolling Lancashire coutryside taking in Adlington & Chorley. We can stop off and enjoy a spot of shopping at Boundry Mill before ending at one of our favourite pub’s – The Top Lock at Wheelton.
Chorley to Skipton – 7 Nights – Taking in Mill Towns, Tunnels & The Dales
Dates: Sunday 8th – Sunday 15th September
Our grand cruise continues to live up to it’s billing as we spend the week cruising through glorious Pennine countryside, take in the views from Burnley’s famous Embankment, travel through The Foulridge Tunnel (it’s only a mile long) and get out into The Yorkshire Dales visiting the delightful villages of East Marton & Gargrave before reaching our destination – Skipton.
Skipton – Burnley. 5 Nights – Returning through The Dales to Lancashire
Dates: Sunday 22nd – Friday 27th September
Well you can’t have too much of a good thing, can you? Gargrave, East Marton & Barrowford all slip by as we continue our grand tour, exploring the local pubs, finding those farm shops and working those locks as we gradually descend from The Dales back into Lancashire to our destination at Burnley.
Chorley – Manchester. 6 Nights – Wigan Flight, Industrial Heritage & Celebrations!
Dates: Monday 30th September – Sunday 6th October
Embarking at The Top Lock pub in Wheelton, we’ll descend the Chorley flight enjoying the rolling Lancashire countryside, slip past Adlington and be be in time for Thursday’s epic descent of the 21 locks comprising the Wigan Flight. Suitably proud of our achievements, we’ll celebrate with a night at Wigan Pier before heading back to Manchester through familiar territory along the Bridgewater Canal. A stop at Astley Bridge gives us the opportunity to visit the Lancashire Mining Museum before taking in Worsley and the The Barton Swing Aqueduct on our route home.