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Anderton Marina

The canalside area of Middlewich is a haven of peace below the busy streets. The town has been extracting salt since Roman times, and there is an interesting town trail north of Bridge 172. There are various pubs canalside along this stretch.

This pleasant cruise is very rural with just a few villages and small towns as you cruise through the countryside

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Recommended Holiday
Duration : 4 nights.

Total Cruising Days : 5.00
(Partial or full days)

Total Cruising Time : 25.00 hours

Total Distance : 50.00 miles

Number of Locks : 28

Number of Tunnels : 0

Number of Aqueducts : 12

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Cruising Notes

Day 1

From Anderton marina you head south along the Trent & Mersey canal.

Away on your left you will see Marbury Country park which has woodlands carpeted with bluebells in the springtime, or relax under the shade of the lime avenues. Wander along the mere with splendid views over the water to the church at Great Budworth, or explore the arboretum and community orchard. Children will enjoy the play area, close to the picnic area.

There are attractive short stay moorings here if you have had a long trip and want to moor up somewhere local for the night.

As the canal heads towards Middlewich you move out into fine open country on a beautiful stretch of canal, often overhung by trees following the delightful valley of the River Dane.

Marston off to your right has late opening stores, there is a nice pub called The Wharf canalside by bridge 189 which has been converted from an old warehouse.

You can moor up at Broken Cross on the outskirts of Northwich by bridge 184 which is 1.5 hours from Anderton marina. The Old Broken Cross Pub is canalside at bridge 184.

Day 2

There are pleasant moorings with picnic tables & BBQ just before Bridge 176. (just over 3 hours to here from Anderton marina).

As you descend into Middlewich there are 4 locks to be negotiated before you turn off right down the Middlewich Branch Canal. The canalside area of Middlewich is a haven of peace below the busy streets. The town has been extracting salt since Roman times, and there is an interesting town trail north of Bridge 172. There are various pubs canalside along this stretch.

As you go under the Bridge on the Middlewich Branch you encounter another lock, and after Bridge 27 as you head out of town there is another lock- Stanthorne Lock, and then you can relax & enjoy the scenery in the next lock free section of the canal.

This attractive & often under rated canal provides some wonderfully tranquil rural moorings. This is a quiet section of the canal, passing through rich farmland interspersed with woods.

There are no towns and only one small village, so no pubs I am afraid until you reach the Junction of the Shropshire Union Canal at Barbridge where you'll find the Jolly Tar pub canalside with mooring, you will be turning right at the junction, towards Chester, but as you have cruised for 8 hours it is a good place to stop for the night.

Day 3

At Bunbury Wharf there are 2 interesting staircase locks that require a little thought.

After Beeston iron Lock there is a cafe south of Bridge 107 open 7 days a week.

Beeston Castle can be seen from places up to 30 miles away as it commands the hill to your left.

The impressive ruins are the remains of this 14th century castle built by the Earl of Chester in 1337 and it is situated on top of a steep hill, open March to Oct .

Turn your boat at the winding place after Bridge 107 , there is the Beeston Castle Hotel below bridge 107 serving snacks in the bar or restaurant.

Carry on cruising south it is 3.25 hours from Beeston winding hole to Barbridge Junction. When you reach the junction turn left up the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal.

Cruise back to Eardswick Hall bridge 12 there are moorings just after this bridge or before bridge 14.
It is 8.25 hours cruising to here.

Day 4
Day 5

Its just under 8 hours back to Anderton marina, so if you saw a nice pub on the way, you can make a bee line for it on the way back!!


NB: This route has been provided as a guide only. Information may become inaccurate or out of date. You should always check with the marina that the route is possible within your time frame, current weather conditions and canal stoppages etc.


The following boats operate on this route (subject to availability)

Bishtons Cakewalk (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Laal Ratty (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Lady Blue Sky (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Lady of Trent (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Mellors Crazy Shake (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Real Ale (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Soo 95 (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Spirit of Debdale (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Wallis Ali Baba (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Black Necked Swan (Sleeps a maximum of 12 People).

Booted Eagle (Sleeps a maximum of 7 People).

Chestnut Thrush (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Dusky Thrush (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Glaucous Gull (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Great Blue Heron (Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

Laughing Gull (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Little Owl (Sleeps a maximum of 10 People).

Reed Bunting (Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

River Warbler (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Spectacled Weaver (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Mealy Amazon (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Striding Edge (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Sun Conure (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Maps and Guides

Pub Guide

Pubs available on this canal route:-

  Pub Name Pub Address Distance from Anderton More Info
The Stanley Arms Old Road, Anderton CW9 6AG 0.26 Miles Full Details
The Narrowboat 22 Lewin Street, Midddlewich CW10 9AS 6.87 Miles Full Details
The Newton Brewery Webbs Lane, Middlewich CW10 9DN 6.44 Miles Full Details
The Olde Barbridge Inn Old Chester Road, Barbridge CW5 6AY 11.95 Miles Full Details
Stonemasons Arms Stonemasons Arms Timperley Village WA15 7UR 12.01 Miles Full Details
The Globe 100 Audlem Road, Nantwich CW5 7EA 15.22 Miles Full Details

NB: Distances are as the crow flies and will vary for actual canal boating travel distance.


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