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|Nantwich River and Canal Trail|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 23 Feb 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile circular waymarked walk from the market town of Nantwich in Cheshire. The walk heads out through the Riverside Park on the paths following the River Weaver before crossing farmland to join the towpath of the Shropshire Union Canal for the return leg. |
The route is almost entirely flat with just a couple of gentle short gradients. There are several gates throughout plus a couple of sets of steps but no stiles. You will need to cross the railway at a crossing without signals so take particular care here. The riverside and canal-side paths are all well-made with stone and tarmac, but the section across fields in the middle of the walk can get very muddy in winter and after wet weather. The fields are likely to be holding horses, cattle and sheep so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
The walk starts from the free open car park at the bottom of St Anne’s Lane, just off Welsh Row in Nantwich. Approximate post code CW5 5ED. (If this car park is full you use the car park near Nantwich Lake on the A530 and adjust the route accordingly). Nantwich rail station is a short walk from the start of the walk.
|Start to Shrewbridge Road|
Start point: 53.0672 lat, -2.5259 long
From the car park turn left down the tarmac footpath heading away from Welsh Row and signed as the Nantwich Riverside Loop (you will be following these signs all the way round the circuit). Keep ahead over the bridge across the river. Keep left at the fork to reach ‘Mill Island’ – the remains of the workings of Nantwich Mill which was used to grind corn and for the production of cotton. The fast flowing water in this section of the River Weaver drove the mill’s wheel.
|Shrewbridge Road to Rail Crossing|
Start point: 53.055 lat, -2.5244 long
Cross the road with care, but do NOT take the footpath ahead. Instead turn right over the road bridge and continue along the road’s pavement. 100 yards along (before you reach the driveway entrance to a house) cross over the road again to reach a metal gate set into a gap in the hedgerow. Pass through the gate and cross the centre of the field (likely to be holding horses).
|Rail Crossing to Aqueduct|
Start point: 53.0574 lat, -2.5331 long
Cross the rail line via the multiple gates taking care to ensure there are no trains coming before you do so. At the opposite side keep straight ahead on a fenced section of footpath and follow the slightly raised section over a pond/wetland area. Go through the gate at the end of this section and keep ahead through the next field (likely to be holding cattle) along the left-hand boundary.
|Aqueduct to End|
Start point: 53.0693 lat, -2.5356 long
Cross the aqueduct and turn right down the steps to leave the canal towpath. At the bottom of the steps take the double pedestrian crossing to cross towards the school/college building with its distinctive wave-shaped roof. Keep straight ahead down the road signed to Wrenbury passing the entrance to the school/college on the left.
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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