For those who wish to take to the water rather than just look at it, you can hire a narrow boat by the day or week. A narrow boat cruise will help you to leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind. at 4 miles per hour, it's still faster than the rush hour in London - and a lot less frustrating.

Better still, why not book a short break at one of our many accommodations where you will enjoy a warm friendly welcome before setting off on the waterways of North Shropshire.

Even Harrison Ford and Calista Flockharthave recently cruised our canals. If its good enough for them, why not dip your toe in the water?

Whether you take the Shropshire Union Canalthrough picturesque Tyrley Locks and on toMarket Drayton, or the Llangollen Canal with its lift bridges and staircase locks to Whitchurch and Ellesmere, there can be no better way to discover the countryside than to gently cruise along 46 miles of canals in North Shropshire.

Through sandstone cuttings and wooded embankments, through sites of special scientific interest and little villages, pubs and places to visit on the way, take time out to moor up and explore our towns.

North Shropshire's canal's go through Ellesmere, Market Drayton and Whitchurch, so you can stock up essential supplies, or even dine in style at one of our restaurants, pubs or inns.

The Lockside Stores at Grindley Brook, near Whitchurch is an excellent place to visit for those canalside pilgrims who want to ensure they have all the best canal memorabilia and goodies, be it a full stock up on food and drink, to a simple ice cream by the lockside. Bliss.

For more information on the canals and waterside activites in North Shropshire or to request leaflets on either the Shropshire Union Canal or Llangollen Canal visit British Waterways by clicking here.