Shropshire Union Canal – a short cruise.

A short cruise along the Shropshire Union Canal from Middlewich to Nantwich and back will take you about 3 nights. This is a delightful area of England with very few people living near the canal. It is a fairly narrow canal travelling southwards towards Nantwich, one of the last canals to be built, in 1835. As you move along the ‘Shroppie’ you see rolling hillsides over towards Wales. At other times the canal has heavy wooded areas on either side, so the scenery changes all the time which keeps you engaged and entertained at the same time!

Why not boat hire from Andersen Boats at Middlewich, as all their narrowboats are well equipped and ideally suited for boating holidays with either a couple or all the family.

Along this stretch of the Shropshire Union canal there are several canals which branch off, for example at Barbridge Junction you can go onto the Trent and Mersey canal. Further south, about a mile, you have the opportunity to go along the Llangollen canal at the Hurleston Junction. So plenty of choices!

At Nantwich you will immediately notice the old style building made from timber and painted black and white. It is an old market town typical of the type found around the English countryside. The town contains over a hundred listed buildings, with the largest collection of historic buildings outside Chester.  The oldest building in the town is St Mary’s Church, which dates from the 14th century.

All throughout the town are many timber-framed or “black-and-white” buildings dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. These interesting houses can be found in the centre on Barker Street, Beam Street, Churchyard Side, Hospital Street and High Street. They also can be seen across the River Weaver on Welsh Row. Two particularly important examples are Churche’s Mansion, an Elizabethan mansion house dating from before the fire, and the Crown Hotel, a former coaching inn built immediately after the fire. There are also many fine Georgian town houses and some examples of Victorian corporate architecture to view as you wander through the town.

Your short canal cruise should take you about 3 nights and during that time you will negoiate 8 locks and cover 27 miles.  You should during that time experience the English countryside and small town life which has not changed too much over the years.

If you would like to find out more about boat hire on a canal holiday, click here to go to Boating holidays with Hoseasons.

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