100 locks, 117 miles, around 60 hours
Probably the most popular ring on the inland waterways, The Four Counties mixes rural scenery and pretty villages the industrial architecture of the Potteries. There are visitor attractions for all age groups.
Three canals form the Four Counties – Trent & Mersey, Staffs & Worcs and the Shropshire Union. The “Shroppie” was one of the last canals to be built and advances in engineering allowed it to be cut into the sandstone and on raised embankments. The cuttings abound with arched trees over the canal and the embankments allow great views over quiet grazing land.