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Canal Cruising Company
Tel : +44 01785 813982
Fax : 01785 819041
£1,077.00 - £1,699.00
Per unit per week
Part of our family has been based in Stone for well over 200 years. But as a company we have supported Stone for over 67 Years, either by employment, charities, shopping, eating, drinking, living and promoting Stone through our web site. Narrow boating or Canal boating holidays are an ideal Family holiday and that includes the family Pet.
Being situated in the heart of England, Stone, almost at the centre of the Trent and Mersey Canal. Our base is the ideal starting point for a different type of Holiday. We offer Day Hire (subject to avaialbilty), Shortbreaks 3 and 4 night, Weekly or multi week holidays. Canal Boating in the slow lane, an adventure, seeing England from a different view point. For those taster days you can either travel to Sandon and have a quick lunch at the Dog and Doublet (2.1/2 hrs by boat one way) or just down to Aston Marina for lunch (1 hour one way by boat from stone). For longer trips 3 & 4 night for example travel north and visit Barlaston, Wedgewood and Trentham Gardens and the Monkey park. Alternativly travel south to great Haywood and Shougborough both trips longer enough to recharge the batteries. A week or more from Stone you have several choices of routes, for an energetic week you can do the Four Counties Ring visiting Shropshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and the Midlands. Or an easier week the Cauldon which offers lift bridges, tunnels, a river, steam engines and the churnet valley. 10 days the Cheshire Ring Manchester and the Anderton Boat lift. 2 weeks the Llangollen, Wales and the famous Aquaduct, naming but a few, each offering slightly different aspects of boating.
The Four Counties Ring is a popular route from our base . It takes approx. 8 – 9 hours a day to complete. Traveling north from our base we pass the famous Wedgewood factory, which is open to visitors, offering a chance to throw a pot. You then pass through the Potteries and the industrial part of the route and the entrance to the Beautiful Caldon Canal. We then have the Harecastle tunnel which is over 2926 yards long. Once through the tunnel you notice the locks change from single to doubles, this helped the old boaters carrying cargo to traverse the Trent and Mersey quicker. The Trent and Mersey Canal was built by James Brindley in the 1700’s and his style of build was to climb up the hills spacing the locks out. When you get on to the Shropshire union canal the surrounding country side and the land scape is much flatter, you notice there and flights of locks build much closer together. At Nantwich we have the World War 2, Secret Nuclear Bunker. Travelling south to Audlem and Market Drayton we pass through sandstone cuttings which are very narrow. When we reach Brewood we have Boscobel House where King Charles the 2nd hid in an Oak Tree after the battle of Worcester in 1951. At Autherley Junction we join the Staffs and Worcestershire Canal heading towards Coven and Penkridge. At Great Haywood Junction we have Shugborough Hall, the Lichfield Family, cousins of HM The Queen. The house and grounds are a must, they are run now by the national trust and since Lord Lichfield (the Photographer who resently passed away) the private apartments have been opened for viewing. Once at the Junction you join the Trent and Mersey again heading back home to Stone.
The Caldon is also a Popular Local canal to our base, this offers the boater an easier week about 38 hours boating. It has a Staircase lock at the entrance to the canal, lift bridges mechanical and manual, tunnels, a river, steam engines and the churnet valley. We also have a small aqueduct/viaduct which leads to the historic town of Leek near Alton Towers. Leek is full of lovely old buildings and antique shops.
M6 junction 14. From Stafford take the A34 North and then the A520 into Stone. Turn left onto the one-way system along Crown Street and the boatyard is 200 yards on the left.
M6 junction 15. From Stoke-on-Trent take the A34 South then the A520 into Stone.
By Public Transport
The nearest railway station is at Stone. We can collect by arrangement.
Canal Cruising Company facilities include:
- In countryside
- In town/city centre
- Non smoking establishment
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
- Accept children (minimum age)
- Additional charge for pets
- Commission/net rates apply
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Visa accepted
- On site parking
- Car parking
- Central heating throughout
- Pets accepted
- Pets allowed in bedrooms
- Pets allowed in public areas
- Welcome single sex groups, eg stag/hen parties
Canal Cruising Company accessibility includes:
- Proprietor/staff available 24 hours
- Steps to main entrance
Contact - Canal Cruising Company
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