3/5 The Cheshire Ring, Manchester and Peak District

In canal terms, Manchester is to the UK what Venice is to Italy. Add the gorgeously wild and romantic Peak District into the equation and this holiday could be the start of a lifelong passion for narrowboat sailing.

It’s a perfect circle, launching at Acton Bridge along the Bridgewater Canal into Manchester, down Macclesfield Canal through the Peak District and onto the Trent & Mersey for a final stretch. Spread across seven days, there’s plenty of great outdoors to walk, hike and cycle. And, city in the mix, makes it a good choice for older kids and teenagers.

The Bridgewater Canal’s almost entirely lock-free so a nice, easy start for nervous sailors. And this year, you’ve a chance to be among the first to sail Manchester’s newly overhauled waterways and see them at their best, yet.

The Princess 4 narrowboat is 52ft long, sleeps six and welcomes pets. It’s available year round and sails from Acton Bridge on the Bridgewater, Peak Forest, Macclesfield and Trent & Mersey Canals.

Prices: from £1359 in July for seven days sailing on Princess 4.

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