Cheshire is the birthplace of Ben Ainslie, Britain’s greatest ever sailor but away from sailing there are plenty of other on the water activities to try out.  Jump aboard a narrowboat in Nantwich or a ringo in Frodsham - family fun that will please water lovers of all ages and abilities. The county is strewn with small lakes and meres where boating enthusiasts can get stuck in and the coastal areas are well worth a visit too, but it's on the waterways that Cheshire really comes into its own.

The Weaver Valley

The River Weaver winds through the Cheshire landscape, passing the towns of Northwich, WInsford and Middlewich, and is ideal for a leisurely cruise on a narrowboat. If adrenalin is your type of thing, then you can get a taste for speed on a PWC at Frodsham.

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The Cheshire Ring

Cheshire RingThe Cheshire Ring is a popular canal cruising circuit (canal ring) which includes six of the canals in and around Cheshire - Macclesfield, Trent, Mersey, Bridgewater, Rochdale, Ashton and Peak Forest Canals.

It provides a complete range of canal scenery, including the upland vistas of the Macclesfield Canal as it skirts the edge of the Pennines, the gentle rolling Cheshire countryside, industrial areas and the lively city centre canalscape of Manchester. The canal is one of the oldest in Briatain and features aqueducts and tunnels as well the historic Anderton Boat Lift near Northwich. The Cheshire Ring can easily be done within one week by a crew of at least two. 

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Four Counties Ring

Four Counties Ring in CheshireExplore the countryside on the edges of 4 different counties (Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands) taking in a variety of industry around Stoke and The Potteries, and the small market towns and villages along the Shroppie.

You have a choice to navigate the Four Counties Ring clockwise or anti clockwise. A highlight is the 3,000 yard long Harecastle Tunnel, a wonder of the canals. Usually covered in a week, the Ring includes some energetic sections.

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