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cheshire ring which way round, why?

Asked by: simon curry-taylor  | 7.14pm, Tuesday 23 December

WW says:

Ask any two boaters and you'll get a different answer, but anti-clockwise is generally the more popular direction.

It does also depend on your starting place: if you're new to the canals, you might want to plan your trip so that you tackle the comparatively easy narrow locks of the Trent & Mersey's "Heartbreak Hill" (between Stoke and Middlewich), before attempting the more difficult locks on the "Rochdale Nine" in Manchester.

Most boaters will cruise between Castlefield, Manchester (where the Bridgewater and Rochdale meet) and Dukinfield (junction of the Peak Forest and Ashton canals) in one go, mooring overnight at either end. This might also be a consideration in planning your itinerary. Bear in mind, though, that there are now safe moorings at Piccadilly Basin by the junction of the Rochdale and Ashton canals, so you can do one set of locks one day, and the rest on the next.

Richard Fairhurst  | 12.50PM, Monday 5 January

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