Heading north from our base at Preston Brook you pass through open countryside. The route takes you through the small village of Moore and Higher Walton. Here you can visit Walton Hall and Gardens with its twenty acres of parkland, gardens and children’s zoo and play area.
Further along you come to Grappenhall, a charming village with two good pubs serving food set in cobbled streets. The canal soon passes under the M6 motorway and you can think of all the poor souls in their cars while you are slowly moving beneath them in a much more relaxed form of transport. the town of Lymm is a good place for an overnight stop and to stock up on provisions. There are a number of restaurants and take-aways in the town and good moorings line the bank.
After Lymm you are back into open countryside, with the area around Dunham Massey Hall being a lovely secluded part of the canal.
Now you start the approach to Manchester, heading through the long straight at Sale. Houses line the canal and the local rowing club can be seen taking advantage of the long straight run. At Waters Meeting you take the left hand fork in the canal to head towards Worsley, passing through Trafford Park, where you can shop till you drop at The Trafford Centre.
You cross the Manchester Ship Canal on the impressive Barton Swing Aqueduct before reaching Worsley with its orange coloured water and the birthplace of the UK canal network. There are good moorings here and places to eat and drink close by.