The Canal Companions have been chugging along the cut for over thirty years; conveying facts and figures, insight and entertainment, wit and wisdom: from Brentford to Burcough, from Shardlow to Sharpness, from Tipton to Todmorden. All manner of folk have been encouraged to explore the inland waterways using these guides, which have become as much a part of tradition as their subject matter. This 10th edition of Cheshire Ring focusses on two circular routes: the justifiably popular Cheshire Ring, and the as yet, not quite so well known South Pennine Ring (new coverage in this guide).
Over 200 miles of characterful canals in the north of England are expertly interpreted to inspire discovery, on foot, afloat or by bicycle
The fact that this was the first Canal Companion to reach double figures in terms of editions emphasises the durable nature of this popular circuit with boaters and walkers alike. Featured canals on the Cheshire Ring include the Trent & Mersey north of Kidsgrove, the Bridgewater Canal, the Ashton & Peak Forest Canals, and the Macclesfield Canal. Furthermore, this guide now additionally covers the adjoining South Pennine Ring, a challenging yet hugely rewarding route combining two great success stories of canal restoration, the Rochdale and Huddersfield canals.
With its huge lock count - 197 in 71 miles - the South Pennine Ring is hard work for boaters, though walkers and cyclists will derive great pleasure from exploring these mountainous routes couched in a dramatic post-industrial setting.
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