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Based on the Shropshire Union near Chester, Halcyon Days Canal Boat Hire offer the keenest priced boating holidays on the Trent & Mersey and Llangollen canals, the Cheshire and Four Counties rings and beyond.

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Middlewich and Northwich are salt towns dating back to Roman times.

The canal is known for its tunnels, at Harecastle, Barnton, Saltersford and Preston Brook.

The double locks on in Cheshire were built in the last century to reduce queues, but many are now unworkable and some have been filled in.

The locks got their name not because there are so many, but because they are rarely close enough together to walk and work easily.

Although the locks are large and the river once carried heavy traffic the coasters which came up to Northwich finished a few years ago, and there is currently no commercial traffic on the River. Colin Edmondson has written a fascinating Towpath Walkers Guide to the History of The River Weaver Navigation.

Excellence Afloat at Valley Cruises offer the highest standards of service & accommodation, centrally based for cruising the Oxford, Grand Union, Trent & Mersey & Ashby canals & Warwickshire and Leicestershire Rings.

Corrosion of the structure, due to the high salt content of the environment in this salt producing area, closed the lift for many years.

However full restoration is now complete and the lift came back in service in 2002.

The Grand Union Canal is actually not one single canal at all, but an amalgamation of ten that were brought together under one management in 1929.

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