- Cheshire Ring
Because it takes approximately a week to complete, it is suited to narrowboat holidays which start and return to the same location. The route has 92 locks and is 97 miles (156 km) long. It offers a contrast between the city centre of Manchester, views of the Peak District, and the Cheshire Plain.
The term Cheshire Ring first appeared in the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) Bulletin in 1965, where it was coined as part of a campaign to prevent abandonment of, and restore navigation to that part of what had previously been known as the Peak Forest Circular Route that lay between Manchester and Marple.
With the decline of commercial carrying after the Second World War, the sections of the Rochdale, Ashton and Peak Forest Canals, which make up the urban part of the ring had gradually fallen into disuse, and by the early 1960s were impassable, with little depth of water, and many locks in an unusable condition.
There was a grave risk that the canals would be abandoned, and infilled, as they were becoming a stinking eyesore. Perseverance by the IWA and the Peak Forest Canal Society eventually paid off, and on 1 April 1974, following restoration, the ring was re-opened to navigation.
The Rochdale Canal (unlike most other canals in England) was not nationalised in 1947, and remained in the ownership of the Rochdale Canal Company. Both the Rochdale Canal and Bridgewater Canal had escaped nationalisation as a result of being wholly owned subsidiaries of the Manchester Ship Canal company.
In 2002, as part of the restoration of the Rochdale, ownership of the Rochdale Canal Company passed to the Waterways Trust, and British Waterways became the navigation authority, thus bringing to an end the £35 toll that had hitherto been charged to use the one mile section through Manchester, and which had deterred some boats from attempting the ring.
Clockwise from Manchester (Ducie St Junction):
- Ashton Canal
- Peak Forest Canal
- Macclesfield Canal
- Trent and Mersey Canal
- Bridgewater Canal
- Rochdale Canal
Places on each canal (clockwise from Ducie St Junction, just north of Manchester Piccadilly station):
- Ashton Canal: Ancoats, Clayton, Droylsden, Audenshaw, Ashton-under-Lyne
- Peak Forest Canal: Dukinfield, Hyde, Woodley, Bredbury, Romiley, Marple
- Macclesfield Canal: High Lane, Higher Poynton, Bollington, Macclesfield, Bosley, Congleton
- Trent and Mersey Canal: Kidsgrove, Church Lawton, Rode Heath, Wheelock, Middlewich, Northwich, Anderton
- Bridgewater Canal: Preston Brook, Lymm, Sale
- Rochdale Canal: Manchester
- ^ "British Waterways Inland Canal Navigations - the Cheshire Ring". Papillon Graphics' Virtual Encyclopaedia of Greater Manchester. http://www.manchester2002-uk.com/maps/canalss-map.html. Retrieved 2007-01-08.
- ^ "The Cheshire Ring". Jim Shead's Waterways Information. http://www.jim-shead.com/waterways/Articles.php?wpage=91. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Cheshire — For other uses, see Cheshire (disambiguation). Cheshire … Wikipedia
Canals in Cheshire — A large number of canals were built in Cheshire, England during the early phases of the Industrial Revolution to transport goods and raw materials. This resulted in a significant canal network which is now enjoyed by holiday makers, anglers,… … Wikipedia
Canal ring — A canal ring is the name given to a series of canals that make a complete loop.Origin of the TermWhilst there have been canals which formed a ring for centuries, the ring terminology was unknown before the 1960s, when it was coined by the Inland… … Wikipedia
Outer Pennine Ring — Highgate Bridge near Gargrave, on one of the remote sections of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Locks 209 … Wikipedia
Portal:Cheshire — The Cheshire Portal Wikipedia portals: Culture Geography … Wikipedia
South Pennine Ring — The South Pennine Ring is a canal ring which crosses the pennines between Manchester and Huddersfield.HistoryWhilst the concept of canal rings had begun in the 1960s with the Cheshire Ring, the South Pennine Ring is a recent addition, as it was… … Wikipedia
North Pennine Ring — Two narrow boats in Kings Road Lock give an idea of the size of locks on the Aire and Calder Navigation. Locks … Wikipedia
Acton, Cheshire — For the village in Vale Royal, see Acton Bridge. Coordinates: 53°04′23″N 2°32′55″W / 53.073117°N 2.548588°W / 53.073117 … Wikipedia
Whitley, Cheshire — infobox UK place country = England official name= Whitley latitude= longitude= population = 540(est) shire district= Vale Royal shire county = Cheshire region= North West England constituency westminster= Tatton post town= Warrington postcode… … Wikipedia
Hartford, Cheshire — infobox UK place country = England official name= Hartford map type= Cheshire latitude= 53.2450 longitude= 2.5490 population = 5,515 (2001) country= England region= North West England shire county = Cheshire shire district= Vale Royal… … Wikipedia