Cruising Rings: More Than Two Weeks

The UK waterways network offers a variety of cruising rings or loops which offer boaters a way of exploring part of the waterways system without necessarily having to see the same bit of waterway twice.

The cruising routes below would take more than two weeks to complete.

Midland Countryside Ring

Waterways: Grand Union Canal, Stratford upon Avon Canal, River Avon, River Severn, Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, Trent and Mersey Canal, Coventry Canal and Oxford Canal
Distance: 226 miles
No. Locks: 166 locks
Travelling Time: 130 hours


North Pennine Ring

Waterways: Calder and Hebble Navigation, Aire & Calder Navigation - Wakefield Section, Aire & Calder Main Line, Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Bridgewater Canal, Rochdale Canal
Distance: 184 miles
No. Locks: 216 locks
Travelling Time: 133 hours


The Outer Pennine Ring

Waterways: Ashton Canal, Huddersfield Broad Canal, Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Calder and Hebble Navigation, Aire & Calder Navigation - Wakefield Section, Aire & Calder Main Line, Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Bridgewater Canal, and Rochdale Canal
Distance: 175 miles
No. Locks: 220 locks.
Travelling Time: 131 hours


Thames Ring

Waterways:  Oxford Canal, Grand Union Canal, Tidal River Thames, Non-Tidal River Thames
Distance: 247 miles (4 miles tidal river, 98 miles wide river, 46 miles narrow canal, 99 miles wide canal)
No. of Locks: 175 (38 narrow locks, 137 wide locks)
No. Tunnels:  2
No. Aqueducts:  1
Travelling time:  105 hours


Two Roses Ring

Waterways: Bridgewater Canal, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Aire & Calder Navigation, Calder & Hebble Navigation, Rochdale Canal
Distance: 196 miles (178 miles wide canal, 18 miles canalised rivers)
No. of Locks:  214 wide locks
No. Tunnels: 4
No. Swing Bridges: 39
Travelling Time: 94 hours
Additional Information:
This route passes three of the seven wonders of the waterways, Barton Swing Aqueduct; Burnley Embankment; Bingley Five Rise Locks.

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