We booked a week in mid-september on Sir Ironside for two first-timer canal enthusiasts, and it has been an unforgettable experience. We were lucky with the weather and the Shroppie itself is absolutely gorgeous, heading up towards Chester, with stunning nature vistas all round. Countrywide Cruises themselves were a joy to deal with, and had just about anything you'd need on board, from kitchen gear, towels, bedding and ample supply of coal for the (very cozy!) stove, even including complementary bottles of wine on arrival. We were given a tour and instruction in handling the boat by Cliff - who is an absolute legend - as well as tips for the trip. Will definitely recommend to anyone and we will be back ourselves.
Thank you for an amazing holiday!