10 canal walks in Cheshire
PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 January 2018 | UPDATED: 18:56 15 August 2018
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dunham Massey and Little Bollington - Bridgewater Canal
Appleton and Higher Walton - Bridgewater Canal
Astbury and Little Moreton Hall - 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.
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.
All the routes were correct at the time of publication, over time access to certain parts of the walk may be subject to change.