In the age of the Industrial Revolution, a significant canal network was built in Chester and Cheshire in order to transport raw materials. Today, the waterways provide a great venue for holiday-makers, anglers, walkers and many more.
There are many ways for you to enjoy the Cheshire Waterways. Perhaps a great place to start would be the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port, where the history of the canals is brought to life and there is the opportunity to look at barges and even go for a boat ride.
If you are interested in learning more still about the history behind the Cheshire waterways, the Anderton Boat Lift - Visitor Centre is a fascinating interactive exhibition that explains the history of the Anderton Boat Life and its unique place in waterways history.
Hiring a barge and cruising through the Cheshire canal system yourself is an increasing popular activity and several companies are now offering barges to hire, including Anglo Welsh Waterways Holidays and Heritage Narrowboats.
If you prefer to explore the canals on foot, Middlewhich Waterside Trail is one tow-path that allows you to follow the course of the canal for 3.4 miles.
Discover the weird and wonderful collection of bridges and locks along the Macclesfield Canal. Take a relaxing cruise along the canal and uncover the fascinating industrial heritage of the Macclesfield area.