Canals in the heart of Cheshire

Middlewich is famous for its canals, and is the proud home of two narrowboat companies.

With generous services and a central Cheshire location, Middlewich is the premium destination for canal rentals. Surrounded by an abundance of fantastic waterways, from Middlewich you can explore the beauty and individuality of our county. Read on to find out why Middlewich is the ideal starting point for your narrowboat holiday – or simply for a visit!

Narrowboat Rentals

Middlewich has two narrowboat companies which offer the best of canal rentals and holidays – Middlewich Narrowboats and the multiple award-winning Andersen Boats.

Available routes begin on the Trent & Mersey canal, a waterway which features landmarks such as Heartbreak Hill, the Preston Brook Tunnel and the famous Anderton Boat Lift. You can also easily join the Shropshire Union canal, and enjoy beautifully rural scenery, bursting with wildlife and dotted with canal-side pubs. Our boatyards are ideally located for holidaying on surrounding canals in Cheshire and beyond.

A prime waterway location with award-winning rentals, Middlewich is the perfect place to hire a narrowboat for your trip.

Chandleries & Pump Out

There are two private pump rooms/chandleries in Middlewich, both located on the Trent & Mersey Canal.

Visitors can use Kings Lock Chandlery and Middlewich Narrowboats to obtain fuel, access boat-maintainence facilities, and to purchase gas, batteries and all other narrowboat supplies.

Tea Room, Cafeteria & Art Gallery

There is a canal-side convenience store at Middlewich Narrowboats, supplying a range of items for your trip, along with fantastic local and artisan produce.

You can also visit the truly unique and charming Canal Inspector’s Tea Garden at Middlewich Narrowboats, a fantastic independent cafeteria offering coffee, light lunches and more – all in a garden setting overlooking the canal. Check out the Canal Inspector’s Tea Garden here and find out more.

Inside the tea room you will find the Boatyard Art Space, a studio and gallery showcasing work by the resident artist. A space used to create, display and sell local art, you can’t miss a visit. Find out more here.


There are various sites available for mooring in Middlewich along both the Shropshire Union and Trent & Mersey canals. Please visit the Canal & River Trust website here for more information on mooring sites, prices and amenities.

Eating & Drinking

Middlewich has two popular canal-side pubs, The Kings Lock Inn and The Big Lock Pub & Restaurant. Both are located at unique locks, and offer full menus, live music and outdoor seating. Please see their websites for more information.

You can find many more great pubs and restaurants a short walk from the towpath in Middlewich town centre.


The Trent & Mersey and Shropshire Union canals connect the centre of Middlewich.

These links provide simple ongoing travel to renowned Cheshire canals such as the Cheshire Ring, Llangollen, Four Counties, Caldon Canal, Peak Forest Canal, Lymm Canal and City of Chester canals.