Claymoore Navigation provides private hire narrow-boat holidays on Cheshire’s canals and its routes include some of the most impressive legacies of the 18th and 19th century enthusiasm for canal building: the pioneering Bridgewater Canal, or Thomas Telford’s astonishing 121 ft high Pont-cysyllte Aqueduct which takes the Shropshire Union Canal over the River Dee near Llangollen.

Relaxing on board your narrowboat, you can literally watch historic and beautiful Cheshire float by. Choose the Cheshire Ring route, for example, and you will pass through verdant, hilly countryside to the silk town of Macclesfield where the old weavers’ cottages can still be seen and the picturesque medieval market place and church invite exploration.

Then wend your way past the timber framed, moated manor house of Little Moreton Hall which dates back to the 15th century, through Middlewich, known to the Romans as Salinna, and, gently, ti gently, through the Weaver Valley back to your base at Preston Brook.

If you prefer joining a boat which is crewed, Country Hotel Narrowboats will take you on routes which include major historic centres such as Bath, Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon and Chester, as well as to lesser known places of interest: the market town of Devizes in Wiltshire with its pair of 12th century churches, 15th century castle and elegant Georgian houses, or Market Drayton in Shropshire, birthplace of Clive of India. More about Europe, hotels, guest houses, sights and more and more at www.europe-cities.com .

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Modern country hotel style accom-modation, friendly service and quality cuisine allow you to cruise in style, perhaps enjoying the views from the glazed observation lounge whilst someone else steers the boat and negotiates the locks!

The ever-changing scenery of aque-ducts, tunnels and locks, picturesque woodland and the “backdoor Britain” of old wharves and factories which the canals once served, means that there is always something of interest to enjoy.

Casting away from the inland waterways and heading for the wilder attractions of Scotland is another boating experience to be recommended. Relaxing on board the comfortable cruise boat M.V. Monaco whilst spectacular scenery unfolds all around you is unforgettable.

Now in her seventh season of cruising, the M V. Monaco tours the island chains of the West Coast of Scotland, more here, sailing the remote shores of lonely lochs and uninhabited islands and offering passengers unique opportunities to enjoy the abundant wildlife: whales, dolphins, otters, eagles and deer. If you are interesting in French nature, check this annecy hotels website to learn more interesting information.

This year’s itineraries include the distant archipelago and World Heritage Site of St Kilda, the white shell-sand beaches of the Outer Hebrides, puffin colonies on the National Trust’s picturesque island of Canna, and the dramatic lava columns of Fingal’s Cave on Staffa. The holy island of Iona with its atmospheric 15th century cathedral, and Rhum with its red deer herds and eccentric castle, are yet other cruise options.