A simple and pleasant stroll beside the River Weaver, returning along the Trent & Mersey Canal.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From the car park entrance, turn left and walk out to the main road. Cross carefully and follow the no-through road opposite as it bends left towards the river and bridge, and then right past some houses. Follow the metalled road alongside the river for a little under a mile, until you are within sight of the bridge at Dutton Lock.
(1) Turn right through a metal hand-gate onto a footpath signposted to Dutton. Follow the footpath along a hedge between fields and up the slope to the Trent and Mersey Canal.
(2) Turn right onto the towpath and follow it for three-quarters of a mile. At bridge 210, just beyond a canal milestone showing the distances to Shardlow (near Derby) and Preston Brook (near Runcorn), turn right and follow the track away from the canal. Turn left at the bottom, beyond the farm, and walk out to the road.
(3) Turn right and follow the road past a mobile home park to emerge on the main road. Cross carefully and follow the road opposite back to the Leigh Arms.(D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 18m - Leigh Arms
1 : km 1.57 - alt. 9m - Dutton Lock
2 : km 1.96 - alt. 25m - Towpath
3 : km 3.31 - alt. 19m - Bartington Hall Lane
D/A : km 3.65 - alt. 18m - Leigh Arms
One minor climb. May be muddy in places after rain.
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There has been an inn here for many years and the original road went past the front of the pub and crossed the River Weaver on the old bridge, which is now part of the Acton Bridge Cruising Club. It is now an ideal place to enjoy a drink or a meal in relaxing surroundings. Relax in the lounge and read complimentary newspapers, enjoy a drink in the cosy snug, or sit outside in the garden where children can play in our play area. Dogs are very welcome in the snug!
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