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|Little Manor and Bridgewater Canal|
|Author: Pub Walker, Published: 25 Nov 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3.5 mile circular pub walk from the Little Manor in Thelwall, Cheshire. The Little Manor was built in 1660 and still exudes lots of original character. The walking route makes use of two adjacent long-distance trails. The outward leg follows a disused railway line which today is part of the Trans Pennine Trail, while the return leg follows the towpath alongside the Bridgewater Canal, part of the Cheshire Ring Canal Walk. The route is easy to follow and gives opportunity to enjoy the surrounding quiet rural countryside plus the bird and boat life along the canal. |
The route is almost entirely flat. The disused railway line is a wide, stone-surfaced track making for easy walking. The return leg follows the grass/mud canal towpath which is much narrower and can be a bit soft in places, so if you have a pushchair with you, you may prefer to re-trace your steps back along the old railway instead. The path which joins the railway and canal sections includes a short flight of steps, a kissing gate and a squeeze gap. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
Thelwall is a suburban village of Warrington, Cheshire and is located very close to the Lymm junction of the M6. The walk starts and finishes from the Little Manor on Bell Lane, which has its own large car park. Approximate post code WA4 2SX.
|Start to Trans Pennine Trail|
Start point: 53.3823 lat, -2.5241 long
Standing in the pub car park, facing the pub’s front door, turn left and follow the car park lane round to the back of the pub. On the left you’ll find a small black metal gate which leads you into the adjacent playing field. Turn right for just a few paces and then turn left onto the stone path with the football pitch to the left and a row of trees to the right.
|Trans Pennine Trail to Bridgewater Canal|
Start point: 53.3788 lat, -2.5261 long
At the bottom of the slope keep right to join the disused railway that forms part of the Trans Pennine Trail. Continue on this long straight path for some distance.
|Bridgewater Canal to Thelwall Underbridge|
Start point: 53.3809 lat, -2.497 long
Turn right along the towpath, with the canal to the left. After just a short distance keep left at the fork to pass under the A56 bridge. Continue on the towpath which now becomes a narrow stone/grass path. Follow the towpath for some distance, passing back under M6 along the way.
|Thelwall Underbridge to End|
Start point: 53.3794 lat, -2.521 long
Continue on the canal towpath just as far as the next arched bridge overhead. Pass under this and then turn sharp right up the slope away from the canal. Bear left to join the stone track heading away from the bridge. The track leads you back over the old railway and you will come to a T-junction with the A56.
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walking in feb/March means the toll path gets very muddy and slutchy. motorway and road noise spoiled it somewhat. Prob better in summer when dry and more leaves. x
|By JimAli on 08 Mar 2015|
A pleasant stroll. Nice pub
|By rogeralexand on 14 Aug 2016|
Great little stroll ending with a lovely pint of Aspall cider in the Little Manor. I would think it could be a little muddy unless its a nice day. It was beautiful in September!
|By jasonmjblyth on 25 Sep 2016|
A nice , easy going, walk. Recommend missing the turn over the bridge on the railway and walking on. There's a nice pub called the star and then back along the canal from there.
|By taylorsamson on 18 Dec 2016|
A nice , easy going, walk.
|By taylorsamson on 18 Dec 2016|
Not testing in that it's flat, however it was incredibly muddy on the tow path, especially carrying a baby in a sling as we were!
|By Bran82 on 08 Feb 2017|
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