Waterways of Cheshire and North Wales
With so many attractions on offer in Cheshire and North Wales, it is difficult to decide which to visit first. This itinerary explores the region's waterways, illustrating the important part it has played in our nation's heritage. Tours are based on Monday departures.
River Dee Cruise • Ness Botanic Gardens • Pontcysllte Aqueduct • Llangollen • Anderton Boat Lift
Day 1 Travel to North Wales with a recommended stop in the Potteries.
Day 2 Begin the day in charming Chester with a tranquil, 30 minute cruise on the River Dee including commentary. The remainder of the morning is at leisure to explore the pretty medieval streets and city walls. After lunch, travel north to the Wirral Peninsula for a guided tour of the award winning Ness Botanic Gardens. Founded in 1898 by Arthur Kilpin Bulley, a cotton merchant with a passion for gardens and plant collecting, the site covers some 64 acres and houses a large collection of plants originating from as far away as China, the Himalayas and Tibet.
Day 3 Venture south this morning for a canal cruise through the beautiful Vale of Llangollen and across the Pontcysllte Aqueduct, or 'Stream in the Sky', on a brightly coloured narrowboat. An interesting commentary gives visitors an insight into the history of the area and other canals in the UK. Spend time in Llangollen itself, before travelling over the spectacular Horseshoe Pass to the small market town of Ruthin, before returning to the hotel.
Day 4 Travel to Northwich for a ride on the magnificent Anderton Boat Lift. Originally built in 1875, the structure lifts passengers aboard the elegant Edwin Clark boat from the River Weaver to the Trent and Mersey Canal high above. A comprehensive visitor centre houses an exhibition focusing on the lift's history together with its control centre, so visitors can get close the action. On then to the pleasant market town of Nantwich, before returning to the hotel via the lovely lakes at Ellesmere.
Day 5 Homeward journey.
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Rossett Hall Hotel, North Wales
Idyllically located within its own grounds in the picturesque village of Rossett, this lovely hotel combines the grandeur and charm of a delightful Georgian manor house, with the amenities and comfort of a modern hotel.
• 3 star • 49 bedrooms
• No lift, but plenty of ground floor rooms
• Coach parking
Your tour includes:
• 4 nights half board in Rossett with:
Porter service and tea/coffee on arrival
Full Welsh breakfast
3 course dinner with choice and tea/coffee
• 30 minute River Dee cruise
• Guided tour of Ness Botanic Gardens
• Canal cruise across Pontcysllte Aqueduct
• Ride on the Anderton Boat Lift
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