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10 canal walks in Cheshire

PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 January 2018 | UPDATED: 18:56 15 August 2018

Macclesfield Canal at Marple by Peter Laws

Macclesfield Canal at Marple by Peter Laws


There are several major canals that run through Cheshire, these walks run alongside or cross over sections of at least of these waterways.

Anderton Boat Lift by Gemma Howarth RymillAnderton Boat Lift by Gemma Howarth Rymill

Anderton Boat Lift and Great Budworth – Trent and Mersey Canal

Start off at the Anderton Boat Lift in Northwich and follows a section of the Trent and Mersey Canal which takes you to the edge of Marbury Country Park and onto the popular village of Great Budworth.

Click here to view the details of the Northwich Walk


An inquisitive swan on the Shopshire Union CanalAn inquisitive swan on the Shopshire Union Canal

Nantwich and the River Weaver - Shopshire Union Canal

This walk offers a bit of everything: a walk beside the river, a walk beside the Shrophire Union Canal, a stroll across fields with a view over the Cheshire Plain and the historic town of Nantwich.

Click here to view the details of the Nantwich Walk


Marple AqueductMarple Aqueduct

Romiley and Marple - Peak Forest Canal

The Marple Aqueduct was built to carry the lower level of the Peak Forest Canal across the River Goyt, it is the highest canal aqueduct in England, and we cross this as well as taking in sections of the Goyt and Etherow rivers.

Click here to view the details of the Romiley and Marple Walk


House beside bridge 19 on the Peak Forest CanalHouse beside bridge 19 on the Peak Forest Canal

Marple Bridge and Goyt Way - Peak Forest Canal

Another walk that takes us along the Peak Forest Canal and beside the River Goyt in Marple Bridge, this walk starts out from Ridge Quarry Viewing Point and takes in a section of the Goyt Way.

Click here to view the details of the Goyt Way Walk


The Bridgewater CanalThe Bridgewater Canal

Thelwall and the Trans Pennine Trail- Bridgewater Canal

This easy, hill-free circular ramble from Thelwall is in two parts; the first half takes you along a stretch of the Trans Pennine Trail which was once the Warrington and Stockport Railway, and the return leg takes you along the Bridgewater Canal.

Click here to view the details of the Thelwall Walk


The Bridgewater Canal near Dunham MasseyThe Bridgewater Canal near Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey and Little Bollington - Bridgewater Canal

An easy walk around the delightful village of Dunham Massey that ventures south to Little Bollington; follows a section of the Bridgewater Canal, where at one point it goes over the River Bollin.

Click here to view the details of the Dunham Massey and Little Bollington Walk


Rush hour on the Bridgewater Canal by Peter BeckRush hour on the Bridgewater Canal by Peter Beck

Appleton and Higher Walton - Bridgewater Canal

This walk crosses a section of the Bridgewater Canal in Warrington; you pass by the Fox Covert Cemetery and then take in the beautiful surroundings of Walton Hall.

Click here to view the details of the Appleton Walk


Towpath of the Macclesfield CanalTowpath of the Macclesfield Canal

Astbury and Little Moreton Hall - Macclesfield Canal

This walk close to Congleton starts in the village of Astbury and cross the Macclesfield Canal, before heading onto Little Moreton Hall and Brownlow Heath.

Click here to view the details of the Astbury Walk


A heron beside the Macclesfield CanalA heron beside the Macclesfield Canal

Bollington and Pott Shrigley - Macclesfield Canal

Start on the Middlewood Way, then stroll along the Macclesfield Canal, passing by Clarence Mill. Ascend a moor with vast views over the Cheshire Plain before returning to Bollington via the pretty village of Pott Shrigley.

Click here to view the details of the Bollington and Pott Shrigley Walk


Sankey Valley, Warrington by Keith LysonsSankey Valley, Warrington by Keith Lysons

Burtonwood and the Sankey Valley – Sankey Canal

A walk that follows some of the route of the Sankey Canal, sometimes referred to as the St Helens Canal. The canal is no longer navigable, but is was one of the earliest canals dug and is unusually wide since it was designed for a type of sail craft called a flat which would bring ore down from North Wales and up the Mersey.

Click here to view the details of the Sankey Valley Walk

All the routes were correct at the time of publication, over time access to certain parts of the walk may be subject to change.






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