Book by telephone

Please leave a message on our answerphone 0161 818 2200. Leave your name, telephone number and indicate the best time to call you back together with your request. We will endeavour to telephone you back within 3 days and will manage your booking over the phone.

You will be sent a Booking Form with Terms and Conditions, included are instructions on how to complete the booking form.

When we have received your completed Booking Form and Deposit we will confirm your booking.

Book by email

When booking by e-mail it is best to check availability on-line first. Then e-mail your request to bookings@marysunley.co.uk. Please include a contact telephone number with your e-mail. Our Bookings Officer will confirm that the date you have selected is available and send you a Booking Form with Terms and Conditions, included are instructions on how to complete the booking form.

When we have received your completed Booking Form and Deposit we will confirm your booking.

Book online

This method of booking your cruise is new to Mary Sunley Canal Boat Trust this season, we have developed a simple online booking system, the check availability is working and kept up to date by our booking team. Reserve your date from the ones available, and complete the order request, our booking secretary will then contact you to confirm booking.

When we receive your completed Booking Form and Deposit we will confirm your booking.

Cruise information

Any group, individual, or family may book the boat for trips coming within the terms of the Charity's objectives. The boat may be booked during daylight hours between 10.00 and 20.00 for cruises of about four hours duration. Longer cruises may be requested. Cruising the Macclesfield canal offers the chance to go towards Marple or towards Macclesfield.

Groups of up to 12 may book the boat on most days although preference will be given on weekdays to the elderly or those with special needs.

Our volunteer crew will ensure a safe and comfortable cruise.

What users should bring

Groups can bring on board their own picnic meals and drinks and use the galley to prepare them. It is advisable to bring cool boxes for keeping items cool during the summer.

Tea and coffee can be prepared on board, although milk and sugar etc. will have to be brought on board as the boat does not carry food or drink other than water. In addition, groups should bring their own tea towels.

By arrangement when booking the trip, the boat can stop along the canal to enable passengers to visit local Pubs or restaurants for a meal, or to buy sandwiches, fish and chips etc.

Any special personal equipment, personal toiletries or medication should be brought on the trip.

Bring warm clothing if you want to sit on the forward viewing deck - sitting in the open can be chilly even on a warm and sunny day.

Number of passengers

Mary Sunley2 is licensed to carry a maximum of 12 passengers at any one time, including carers, with no more than 4 persons requiring use of wheelchairs. Wheelchairs should be not more than 28 inches wide, electric wheelchairs are permitted by prior agreement.

Carers

If any person with disabilities needs assistance or support, they must be accompanied by a carer. The skipper and crew are available to advise on the boat's facilities but are not insured to give personal assistance to individual passengers.