Cheshire Waterways

Cheshire Waterways

Once at the very heart of Britain's industrial revolution and now providing opportunities to get out on the water


Once at the very heart of Britain's industrial revolution and now providing opportunities to get out on the water

This interesting tour covers the network of waterways that developed in Cheshire during the industrial revolution in order to transport raw materials.  As a consequence the region has been bequeathed a rich legacy of heritage attractions, delightful waterside settings, flotillas of historic boats and magnificent Victorian architecture. Set against a backdrop of stunning scenery the canals and riverways of Cheshire were once at the very heart of Britain’s industrial revolution and now provide opportunities aplenty to get out on the water. 


Morning departure from Dorset to Gloucester for lunch. Continue to Widnes and after settling in enjoy a freshly prepared dinner.



Visit the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port - dedicated to the UK waterways history and home to the world's largest collection of canal craft - a guided tour is included. This afternoon continue to Chester where we shall join a 2 hour boat cruise on The River Dee that is a real treat! Spectacular scenery with plenty of wildlife and a commentary.

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Morning to the spectacular Anderton Boat Lift near Northwich, the "Cathedral of the Canals". Marvel at one of the greatest monuments to Britain's last canal age and join a boat trip to experience the lift for yourself! During the afternoon we visit the newly opened visitor centre at the former Lion Salt Works - the restored buildings house a museum & exhibition dedicated to the salt production industry of Cheshire.

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Drive to the Llangollen Canal for a breathtaking aerial cruise across the spectacular Pontcysythe Aquaduct - the tallest and longest in the UK, 120 feet above the Dee Valley. Continue into delightful Llangollen town with time for lunch. This afternoon join a scenic heritage train ride along the pretty Dee Valley to Carrog and back - 15 miles and 1½ hours.

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Homeward bound with a stop in pretty Tewkesbury for lunch. Return to Dorset by late afternoon.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Everglades Park Hotel, Widnes

The Best Western Everglades Park Hotel is a smart three star rated venue ideally situated for our needs. 65 bedrooms with en-suite bathroom are all furnished with classic, clean interiors and luxury king size beds, hairdryer, satellite television, phone, desk, tea tray and free wifi.  The stylish Keys Restaurant is highly regarded locally and offers mouth-watering dishes using local produce with a first class service. There is a lively bar with big-screen TV in which to socialise or the quieter Everglades lounge with its comfy leather sofas. No lift but only two floors and plenty of ground floor bedrooms available on request.


TOUR PRICE : £409.00 Per Person

Single Room Supplement : £75.00

Travel Insurance Premium : £


Price Includes : All coach travel, 4 nights hotel accommodation, Half board meals, Entry to Nat. Waterways Museum, Chester boat cruise, Anderton Boat Lift & cruise, Lion Salt Works, Llangollen Canal cruise, Llangollen Railway fare, VAT.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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