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The Four counties ring is an ideal canal boat holidays cruising route for you to explore.

Four counties ring holiday cruising route.

This is a recommended canal boat holidays route.

A fascinating voyage of discovery and well worth the extra bit of effort!

The journey takes you along the wonderfully rural Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal to Great Haywood Junction where, passing under a distinctive roving bridge, you join the Trent and Mersey Canal heading north towards the Potteries and Peak District.

The rolling Staffordshire countryside leads you to Stoke-on-Trent, the Wedgewood Visitors Centre and the impressive 2926-yard long Harecastle Tunnel.

Beyond Harecastle the 13 miles to the salt town of Middlewich sees the canal descend 31 locks to the Cheshire Plains.

The short Middlewich arm links the Trent and Mersey Canal to the Shropshire Union Canal again through more glorious countryside.

The scenery on the climb up ‘Heartbreak Hill’ to the summit at Kidsgrove is fantastic. As well as sights of the potteries such as the Bottle Kilns at Etruria, the Wedgwood Pottery Centre at Barlaston is not to be missed.

The four counties ring

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Four counties ring from Anderton

Book From : Anderton Marina

10/11 day canal boat hire.

6.5 Hours per day cruising time.

102 Locks.


Four counties ring from Blackwater

Book From : Blackwater Marina

14 day canal boat hire.

7 Hours per day cruising time.

132 Locks.


Useful Four counties ring information from Anderton

Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker Website
Telephone : 01270 629219
Anderton Boat Lift Website
Telephone : 01606 786777
Water World Website
Telephone : 01782 205747
Alton Towers Theme Park Website
Telephone : 0871 222 3330
Chillington Hall Website
Telephone : 01902 850236
Shugborough Hall Website
Telephone : 0845 459 8900
Wedgwood Visitor Centre Website
Telephone : 01782 282986
Gailey Pottery Website
Telephone : 01902 790078
Belvide Reservoir Website
Telephone : 01902 790078
Gnosall Parish News and Traders Website
Telephone : 01902 790078
Marbury Country Park Website
Telephone : 01606 77741
Middlewich FAB Annual Festival Website
Telephone : Contact: [email protected]
Harecastle Tunnel Website
Telephone : Contact: [email protected]
Potteries Shopping Centre Website
Telephone : 01782 289822
Trentham Gardens Website
Telephone : 01782 646646
Etruria Canal Festival Website
Telephone : 01782 646646
The Ancient High House Website
Telephone : 01785 619131
Stafford Castle Website
Telephone : 01785 257698
Nantwich Museum Website
Telephone : 01270 627104
Weaver Hall Museum Website
Telephone : 01606 271640

Useful Four counties ring information from Blackwater

Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker Website
Telephone : 01270 629219
Attingham Park Website
Telephone : 01743 708123
Water World Website
Telephone : 01782 205747
Alton Towers Theme Park Website
Telephone : 0871 222 3330
Chillington Hall Website
Telephone : 01902 850236
Shugborough Hall Website
Telephone : 0845 459 8900
Wedgwood Visitor Centre Website
Telephone : 01782 282986
Gailey Pottery Website
Telephone : 01902 790078
Belvide Reservoir Website
Telephone : 01902 790078
Gnosall Parish News and Traders Website
Telephone : 01902 790078
Middlewich FAB Annual Festival Website
Telephone : Contact: [email protected]
Powis Castle Website
Telephone : 01938 551944
Harecastle Tunnel Website
Telephone : 01938 551944
Potteries Shopping Centre Website
Telephone : 01782 289822
Trentham Gardens Website
Telephone : 01782 646646
Etruria Canal Festival Website
Telephone : 01782 646646
The Ancient High House Website
Telephone : 01785 619131
Stafford Castle Website
Telephone : 01785 257698
Nantwich Museum Website
Telephone : 01270 627104
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