The return trip will take approximately 14 hours (3 nights) and comprises 30 locks making it an ideal trip for a long weekend or short midweek break. Along the way you will pass Marbury Lock with Marbury village just ½ mile to the south and well worth a visit to see its fine old and timbered buildings. Leaving Marbury the canal enters remote and peaceful countryside before reaching the six locks of Grindley Brook the last three of which are staircase locks. A lock keeper is on hand to help those who may need assistance. Next stop is Whitchurch itself, famous for cheese and clocks. J B Joyce tower clocks company, established in 1690, is the oldest tower-clock making company in the world and even helped to make Big Ben! There is a wide choice of eating places and watering holes amongst the black and White buildings in Whitchurch and don’t forget to sample the famous Blue Cheshire cheese, one of the world’s great tangy, blue cheeses.