Canal & Local Information

We like the canal route planner from CanalPlan AC it will help you work out how many hours per day to travel, where to stop for the night - a great tool for say the Cheshire Ring or the Four Counties. 

The Boaters Handbook - Please have a look at this if you are planning a trip on the canals. It is a very useful resource to help you master how to do some basic manoeuvre's and make sense of canal etiquette and it will help you feel confident about using a boat on the canals. Here is a link to the Boaters Handbook DVD on YouTube - recommended if you are hiring a narrowboat in the UK but remember the Bridgewater canal has no locks.

Star Narrowboat Holidays has gained QAB status.In October 2016 Star Narrowboat Holidays achieved QAB status! As a member of the British Marine Federation we have been assessed on our handover competence and customer service. British Marine run the scheme with licence from VisitEngland, they say 'the Quality Accredited Boatyard Scheme is not a star rating scheme, it's an accreditation, that offers reassurances of safe and legal practices together with good customer service. The assessments are carried out every three years with random inspection during the 3 year cycle.' As the business who has the QAB we say where it reads 'Boatyard' please read 'Business'.

 Cruise to Liverpool  You can cruise our boat to Liverpool from our base - ask us for more info if you are interested or book your passage online.

A great website useful for canal boat holiday planning, excellent for info on routes, culture and history of the canal system in the UK.

The Cheshire Ring - a narrowboat holiday route for the serious holiday hirer! This is a 7 day minimum trip through Manchester, the Peak District, the Cheshire Plains and back to base at the Bridgewater marina - 97 miles and 92 locks. Really varied scenery and stunning views. Take 12 to 14 nights to experience a more relaxed trip.

The Anderton Boat LiftAs a side trip from the Cheshire Ring you could experience the Anderton Boat Lift, built in 1875 it is one of only 2 working boat lifts left in the country. You could take 'Queenie' on the boat lift down onto the River Weaver. There is now an online booking system for you to book your own passage.

Dunham Massey park is within close walking distance to the Bridgewater canal as it passes towards Lymm. There are red deer in the grounds and the house is a place that Haile Selassie 1 spent time when he was exiled from Ethiopia in 1936!

The Royal Horticultural Society Vector Logo - Download Free SVG ...Now Open: RHS Garden Bridgewater, a new spectacular 154-acre garden, transforming the historic grounds of Worsley New Hall in Salford into a beautiful green place for the local community and visitors to enjoy all year-round'. The Garden is 24 miles (a 30 minute drive) from our new base. 

 Ellerbeck Narrowboats Day Boat Hire    We don't offer day boat hire (no day boat hire) but our friends Ellerbeck Narrowboats do - they have 3 great day boats and operate on a beautiful stretch of canal from Heath Charnock near Adlington, Chorley. We don't offer day boat hire.

 Useful resource for services, restaurants, routes and more around the waterways system.

"Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope" Poster by smillership ...

Equally distant from the Macclesfield and Trent & Mersey canal - Jodrell Bank can be a day trip from a narrowboat holiday. 'In 2019, in recognition of its internationally significant heritage, science and cultural impact, Jodrell Bank Observatory was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status and has been inscribed on the World Heritage List. Jodrell Bank now joins a prestigious group of sites across the globe recognised by UNESCO’s international community as sites of Outstanding Universal Value. The World Heritage Site inscription acknowledges Jodrell Bank’s tremendous scientific endeavours and its role in achieving a transformational understanding of the Universe. It places the site on an equal footing with the likes of Stonehenge and the Taj Mahal and represents an enormous accolade not only for Jodrell Bank and The University of Manchester, but also for the region, and the UK as a whole.'

Poster (left) designed and sold by Stephen Millership.

High Street Books and Records in New MillsIn New Mills - High Street Book & Records. When you do the Cheshire Ring, moor up in New Mills and walk to the top of the high street to find this, a friendly little second hand book shop in the High Peak! They also have a selection of vinyl downstairs. New Mills has some grocery shops, a vegetarian cafe plus millions of charity shops.

Atrincham Market  Altrincham is one of the original market towns and it's charter dates back to 1290. The Altrincham Market is very near the                                  Bridgewater canal - read about it in our blog

Logo  Ethical Consumer is a resource we use to look up the ethical credentials of various companies who make the eco-friendly cleaning products we use. EC started in Manchester :)

 Manchester International Festival   Every other year the Manchester International Festival comes to town - the next one is scheduled for the summer of 2021 and it is really happening!!

pontcysyllte aqueduct world heritage site   The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is a World Heritage Site - findout more - it can be reached in a very comfortable 3 week (return) cruise from our base. The image has been taken for the Canal and River Trust website.

  For information about the Bridgewater canal - the canal from which Star Narrowboat Holidays operates. The Bridgewater canal is a canal with no locks.

Narrowboatinfo 'An independent guide to the canals and rivers of the UK'.

 Sonia Rolt campaigner for the Inland Waterways Association (IWA).   Findout more about Sonia Rolt who campaigned for the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) until she died in 2014.

Formerly the 'Cornerhouse' now 'HOME' is Manchester's centre for film, theatre, arts and events a short walk from Castlefield (the canal hub). 

The Campaign for Real Ale - find real ale pubs along the canal network.

  Sustrans provide information and resources about the 13,400 miles of the National Cycle Network (and walking routes) in the UK many of which run along or near the canal network.

  The home of the Halle Orchestra  - the Bridgewater Hall, a 5 minute walk from Castlefield (the canal hub in Manchester city centre). 

  The Kings Arms serve comedy, live music, great beer and food and a friendly, easy going atmosphere...then only a 15 minute walk or a 3 hour stroll back to the boat.

China Town Manchester   China Town in Manchester is the second largest in the UK, it's a 10 minute walk from Castlefield where you can moor. 


  Band On The Wall is a legend for live music in Manchester.




The Whitworth Art Gallery with its massive windows might be one of the best places to be on a rainy day in Manchester. Recommended is a table right at the end of the cafe (overlooking the park).  

   The official destination website to Salford!!

  The official destination website to Manchester!!

If you have any ideas for other links to useful information please let us know by email