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One end is in rural Derbyshire, the other in the heart of Manchester, but both canals form a vital link in the Cheshire Ring - and some attractive cruising too

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With the Cheshire Plain on one side and the Peak District hills on the other, the Macclesfield provides glorious views, splendid old mills, and a rhyme about a bear...

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Two short but interesting river navigations connect the Thames and Regents Canal via London’s Olympic venues to the attractive countryside of North Essex and Hertfordshire

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The coal traffic which sustained Yorkshire’s busiest freight waterway for three centuries may have vanished, but the Aire & Calder is still impressive to cruise - and may yet have a cargo-carrying future

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In the second leg of their travels, Jane and Ian Ainsworth cross the border, where they find crystal clear waters, engineering marvels and beautiful countryside - as well as what a ‘loonie’ is

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It wasn’t just in England that canal mania took hold – a link between New York and the Great Lakes goes back to the early 19th century. In part one, Jane and Ian Ainsworth start their cruise on the Erie, get to grips with American locks and face some hideous weather

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Unusual Cruises: Manchester Ship Canal

Thursday, November 24, 2016

It’s huge and busy, but it’s not all that difficult to traverse and can save a lot of cruising time. Stuart Coney explores the Manchester Ship Canal

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