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12 photos that capture the true beauty of the Shropshire Union Canal

PUBLISHED: 16:54 09 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:42 10 July 2018

Shropshire Union Canal at Beeston by Ron Sutton

Shropshire Union Canal at Beeston by Ron Sutton


Cheshire has a number of fine canals to explore, for many people, the Shropshire Union canal is the finest of them all.

The Shropshire Union Canal was built to connect the industrial towns of the West Midlands with the River Mersey and therefore providing them with access to the port of Liverpool. The total length is 66 miles and the Cheshire section passes through some of the county’s most beautiful countryside.

The canal begins at Ellesmere Port in the Wirral where it links with the Manchester Ship Canal, it travels a few miles south to run through the centre of Chester just north of the River Dee and through the suburbs of Hoole and Christleton.

Just after passing Beeston, the canal branches out at Barbridge Junction, the main route continues south, while another branch heads east towards Middlewich where it meets the Trent Mersey Canal. A few miles south of this, The Llangollen Canal meets the Shropshire Union at Hurleston Junction, which would enable one to travel redirect to North Wales.

The last stretch of the canal that lies within Cheshire is actually a much older canal by the name of the Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal. This begins at Nantwich, crosses the River Weaver and passes through the village of Audlem via a series of fifteen locks before crossing into Shropshire and onto its final destination, just north of Wolverhampton.

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Cheshire walk - Nantwich, River Weaver and Shropshire Union canal

Canal walk - Whitchurch and the Shropshire Union Canal

A canal boat holiday along the Shropshire Union Canal

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