Boat Hire

Four Counties Ring from Blackwater Meadow Marina - 14 Nights

Cruising Time Per Day 7hrs • Total Locks 132


Travel up the canal to the Shropshire Union to begin the ring

Takes you along the wonderfully rural Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal to Great Haywood Junction.

Passing under a distinctive roving bridge, you join the Trent & Mersey Canal heading north towards the Potteries and Peak District.

Rolling Staffordshire countryside leads you to Stoke-on-Trent, the Wedgwood Visitor Centre and the impressive 2926-yard long Harecastle Tunnel.

The scenery on the climb up ‘Heartbreak Hill’ to the summit at Kidsgrove is fantastic.

Beyond Harecastle the 13 miles to the salt town of Middlewich sees the canal descend 31 locks to the Cheshire Plains.

The short Middlewich arm links the Trent and Mersey Canal to the Shropshire Union Canal again through more glorious countryside.

Don’t miss the Bottle Kilns at Etruria.

The following are examples of the boats that you can hire from ABC Boat Hire at Blackwater Meadow Marina:


Alvechurch Weaver - For a maximum of 4 people, 2+2 Berth, Length 49ft, Semi-traditional Stern

Alvechurch Eagle (6 berth) - For a maximum of 6 people, 4+3 Berth, Length 66ft, Cruiser Stern

Alvechurch Eagle (7 berth) - For a maximum of 7 people, 4+3 Berth, Length 66ft, Cruiser Stern

Viking Wye Class - For a maximum of 8 people, 6+2 Berth, Length 68ft, Cruiser Stern

Alvechurch Owl - For a maximum of 10 people, 6+4 Berth, Length 70ft, Crusier Stern



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