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Routes 

Self drive boats on the historic Bridgewater Canal


Why not hire you own boat for the day, you can enjoy the countryside whilst sailing along the Bridgewater Canal, relaxed and stress-free.

The children will love it too, there is so much to see - swans and ducks to feed, and lots of other birds and wildlife. 


Stop off at one of the many country pubs for lunch. There are lots to choose from - all family friendly with great menus. Or you can just moor up wherever you like out in the countryside to enjoy a picnic or a barbie, and a chilled glass of wine or an ice cold beer.

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All voyages start at Bridgewater Marina. You can choose to cruise East towards Manchester city centre and Sale or West though Leigh into open countryside. 

 Cruise to Castlefield 

Through Worsley, Monton and Patricroft and across the famous Barton Swing Aqueduct, through Trafford park and on to waters meeting where you will take a sharp left hand turn and head on to Central Manchester and the vibrant waterways hub which is Castlefield Basin.

Cruise to Leigh and beyond

Cruise though the village of Astley Green with the only surviving Pithead in Lancashire which is now a fascinating steam museum. Stop off at the Old Boathouse, or The Waterside in leigh, or if you prefer there are many more peaceful places out in the countryside such as Pennington Flash.


Cruise to Sale

Through Worsley, Monton and Patricroft and across the famous Barton Swing Aqueduct, through Trafford park and on to waters meeting where you will take a sharp right hand turn and head on to the King's Ransom in Sale town centre.