Pea Green Boats
The ideal cosy boat for couples with an additional double ‘fold away’ bed in the saloon…
‘The Owl’ is tradtional in style with a double berth at the aft end and galley in the centre. You will find a full size quadrant shower and toilet in separate rooms.
Furthermore, oil fired central heating and a morso squirrel log burner will keep you rather cosy regardless of weather…
“The Pussycat” is a luxury canal boat for couples yet it can also accommodate a small family…
There is one double bed in the forward berth with additional ‘pull-out’ beds comprising one double and a small single located in the saloon.
A 58 foot cruiser style narrowboat, “The Pussycat” is fitted out with the double bed is at the bow and galley at the stern.
Not only does the boat have a bespoke kitchen, but has bright colours and a roomy feeling with heaps of lovely woodgrain too… Read More
The ‘Piggy Wig’ is the smallest addition to our flotilla…
A cosy getaway for two at fifty feet in length, she is fitted out with a modern reverse layout.
She has a galley at the stern, walk through shower room with vanity sink and loo, whilst up front is a cosy double berth.
Why not take a look at the gallery and book your week afloat… Read More
Pet Free Canal Boat Hire.
Explore the tranquility of the Llangollen and Montgomery canals from our home at Whixall marina on the Llangollen Canal. Cruise to Llangollen and back comfortably in a week. Our boats are best suited to couples although we can accommodate small families. All boats have a fixed double bed, the Owl and Pussycat have additional pullout beds in the saloon areas. Please note that all of our boats are PET FREE
OUR PRICE INCLUDES FUEL.
This is the most popular cruising route by far. For the most part, boaters aim to take in the amazing views from atop the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct en route to Llangollen…
However some of the scenery before this point is simply stunning – not least the wooded lakeland scenery around Ellesmere. All in all an excellent choice of route for canal boat hire. There are numerous Pubs and restaurants on this Canal to suit all tastes. Leaving Whixall, it takes around 3 hours cruising to reach Ellesmere.
A return trip to Llangollen is from Whixall is very leisurely in one week. In the peak summer months the progress is slower due to the popularity of the canal – which means more hours spent cruising. It really depends on how energetic you feel! There are only two locks to negotiate on your trip to the aqueduct and beyond. Therefore, the pace is very easy and there is plenty of time to stop, moor up and explore your surroundings… Read More
The Cheshire Ring
The Cheshire Ring is a circular canal route, which is 97 miles long and has a total of 92 locks. This cruise will take you via Manchester city centre and along a number of canals including, Llangollen, Shropshire Union, Macclesfield, Bridgewater…
we recommend a fortnight to comfortably complete this trip from our base.
Anderton Boat Lift
Due to the high numbers of locks many of which are incorporated into flights, we recommend a crew of four – but an energetic couple will manage it ok!!
The point of access from Whixall involves cruising up the Llangollen Canal to Hurleston which will take approximately one and a half days. Turning left onto the Shropshire Union Canal will, after 30 minutes deliver you to Barbridge junction where a right turn will take you up towards Middlewich.
At Middlewich you can then decide which way you wish to travel – clockwise via the Anderton boat lift above, or anticlockwise continuing South on the Trent and Mersey canal.
The Cheshire Ring is made up of the Macclesfield Canal and parts of the Trent and Mersey, Bridgewater, Rochdale, Ashton and Peak Forest Canals. Its scenery ranges from the upland views of the Macclesfield Canal as it skirts the edge of the Pennines, the gentle rolling Cheshire countryside, industrial areas and the bustle and nightlife of urban Manchester. Typical canal features include narrow locks, aqueducts and tunnels. The towpath extends all the way round the Cheshire Ring with the exception only of the Preston Brook Tunnel, the Hyde Bank Tunnel near Romiley, and the Saltersford and Barnton Tunnels near Anderton. All of these have footpaths over the tunnels.
The Four Counties Ring
This route will take you through the Counties of Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire and West Midlands.
Totalling 129 miles with 113 locks plus one…
tunnel just under 2 miles long, the ring should take around 2 weeks cruising. When we were based at Tattenhall in Cheshire, a family managed it in one week aboard “The Owl” – but this is fairly extreme!
Realisticly, you will find that ten days is the minimum feasible cruising time dependent on canal traffic! Two weeks however will allow a more leisurely pace from Whixall allowing more time for sight seeing and canal side food and drinks.
The canals you will be cruising include:
The Llangollen Canal between Whixall on the Prees Arm and Hurleston Junction.
The Shropshire Union Canal from Hurleston to Barbridge Junction – and from Autherley Junction in Wolverhampton on your return journey.
Middlewich Arm of the Shropshire Union Canal; between Middlewich and Barbridge Junction, Wardle in Cheshire.
Trent and Mersey Canal; between Middlewich in Cheshire and Great Haywood Junction in Staffordshire.
The Staffordshire and Worcester Canal; between Haywood Junction, Great Haywood, in Staffordshire and Autherley Junction in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands… Read More