Day Tours

Day Tours by Wandering Duck

We can run a variety of Day Tours and Half Day Tours along the Macclesfield Canal or Peak Forest Canal, – your time aboard Wandering Duck is fully hosted by Lee & Roberta, but you can still have a go at steering the boat!

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Below is an example of one of our Ultimate Day Tours  – this is a full day comprehensive tour including locks and tunnels and also includes lunch and cake! Shorter tours are available (though these will not include any locks) and are priced accordingly.

Ultimate Day Tour Between Whaley Bridge and Romiley

Group Price: £395 (up to 10 people)

Our Ultimate day tour is a great way to experience the canals for the first time. Your day is fully hosted by Lee & Roberta and unlike many day hire boats, you still get to work the locks, and have a go at steering the boat. The route is a popular section of our Canal Boat Adventure, travelling between Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire and Romiley in Stockport, Greater Manchester.

See also:

Team Building Day
An alternative event for team days out of the office

1 Day

Starts: 9am (later start time optional)

Finishes: 5pm (finish time dependent on start time)

Start/Finish: Travel between Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire and Romiley, Stockport (see dates for direction of travel).

Join us for a full day canal boat experience.

Your day will include a delicious lunch and the opportunity to work locks and steer our 69ft narrowboat.

Our canal boat day tours are a fantastic introduction to Wandering Duck without the need to stay overnight on the boat.

Small Group Charter


– Max group size: 10

Departure Point:

Whaley Bridge (WB)
Romiley (R)


Saturday 1 April (WB)
Sunday 2 April (R)
Saturday 22 April (WB)
Sunday 23 April (R)
Saturday 24 June (WB)
Sunday 25 June (R)
Saturday 15 July (WB)
Sunday 16 July (R)
Saturday 2 September (WB)
Sunday 3 September (R)



A Day on Wandering Duck

We’ve packed a whole load of interesting highlights into our 1 day tour. Just like our multi-day tours, our day tours are very hands on. You can have a go at steering the boat, and are all encouraged to help us as we work through a flight of 16 locks in Marple. The locks are chambers of water that are filled or emptied to carry our 25 tonne boat up and down hill.

During our day on the canals we will travel between Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire, and Romiley in Stockport (check departure dates for direction of travel). We’ve carefully selected this stretch of canal as it includes a great mix of interesting features and sights in a relatively short distance. We will pass through a long, dark tunnel known as Hyde Bank Tunnel. Built around 120 years ago, boatmen would have originally “legged it” through the tunnel. Watch for drips! We’ll also pass high over the River Goyt on the magnificent Marple Aqueduct. This feat of industrial engineering is one of the highlights of our day, and you’ll have plenty of opportunity for photos on and off of the boat, with fantastic views across the Goyt Valley.

The Upper Peak Forest Canal is one of the most beautiful stretches of canal in the country. Part of its beauty lies in the fact that it is one of the highest canals, and it skirts the edge of the Peak District National Park. Along this stretch your help will once again be needed as we need help with a combination of lift and swing bridges along our navigation.

When you’re not helping crew, feel free to stick some music on, or help yourself to the on-board honesty bar!


Right_Arrow_Green Delicious lunch of warm bread, meats, cheeses and salad
Right_Arrow_Green Home-made cake
Right_Arrow_Green Tea, coffee, hot chocolate & marshmallows
Right_Arrow_Green Squash/Fruit Cordial



Right_Arrow_Green Alcoholic / non alcoholic drinks from the honesty bar (help yourself and pay at the end of the tour)
Right_Arrow_Green Taxi between start and finish points

What To Bring:

Right_Arrow_Green Sturdy footwear with good grip


Recommended But Not Essential:

Right_Arrow_Green Waterproof jacket
Right_Arrow_Green Gloves (some people find wearing gloves makes working the locks more comfortable)


Getting There And Away

The Day Tour operates in one-direction between Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire and Romiley, Stockport.

For direction of travel see dates.

For Whaley Bridge

Whaley Bridge Canal Basin, Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire. SK23 7LS
Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Whaley Bridge (ticket can be purchased at the station on the day). Exit Whaley Bridge train station and cross over Buxton Road. Canal Street splits off to the right from Buxton Road, going downhill, parallel to the main road. Walk down here past the Post Office and The Friary. At the bottom of the hill you will be able to see the Canal. Follow the road round to the right and past the boat shed at the end of the canal then turn left onto the track. You are now at Whaley Bridge Canal Basin.

You shouldn’t miss the 69ft long green narrowboat which will be moored up in the basin. Wandering Duck does not have a designated mooring space, so if you cannot see the boat please just contact us on 07584 122614.

For Romiley

Peak Forest Canal, off Stockport Road, Romiley, SK6 3AN
Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Romiley (ticket can be purchased at the station on the day). Turn right out of Romiley Station. Walk past “The Railway” pub on your right. Continue through the town and out the other side along Stockport Road for about 8 minutes. The road bends to the right (look out for Savoy Spice Restaurant) and then crosses over the canal. Turn off to the right on the other side of the bridge.

You shouldn’t miss the 69ft long green narrowboat which will be moored up near the Stockport Road bridge. Wandering Duck does not have a designated mooring space, so if you cannot see the boat please just contact us directly on 07584 122614.


We recommend using public transport where possible, however we know that sometimes this is not practical. Therefore you may park your car at one end and take a taxi between the start and finish points for around £25.

Whaley Bridge (SK23 7LS)
There is a small car park at Whaley Bridge Canal Basin with space for around 4-5 cars. There is also a Public carpark nearby.

There is free street parking in Romiley

Note: Your car is parked entirely at your own risk, and Wandering Duck do not take any responsibility for the security of the car parking we suggest.