Set in the heart of rural Cheshire, Bunbury is an ideal starting point to explore four popular canal cruising routes – a visit to the ancient city of Chester, the Llangollen Canal, the Shropshire Union Canal and the Middlewich Branch Canal. A canal boat holiday from Bunbury can take in the glorious English countryside through Cheshire and Shropshire or even the delights of North Wales.

Cruise north for a day to reach Chester, a city old enough to make your spine tingle yet young and fashionable in spirit with a compact historic centre easy to explore on foot. Continue north to reach Ellesmere Port, where the history of the canals began.

Take the Shropshire Union Canal south to enjoy rural tranquillity with not a city in sight or bear off down the Middlewich Branch and cruise to the world famous Anderton Boat Lift, the world’s first and the UK’s only working boat lift. With seven more miles of the Montgomery Canal recently restored, wildlife lovers can now cruise through this ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’, cherished for its exceptional beauty.

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