An easy stroll that packs a lot into its short distance.
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 front door of the Cheshire Cheese, turn right over the canal bridge. Immediately over the bridge, go down steps on your right to a narrow canalside path (on the opposite side to the main towpath). Walk along the canal for a short distance then, beyond a car park at the back of the Zan industrial estate, turn left. Walk down and cross a stream and follow the path upstream beyond the footbridge.
(1) Just before a railway arch, take the steps on the right up to the disused railway. Turn right and follow the Rail Trail to the A534 Wheelock Bypass. Cross quickly but carefully, and continue along the trail beyond.
(2) Cross the old railway bridge over the canal, then turn immediately left onto the towpath. Turn left again, under the bridge you’ve just crossed, and follow the canal past locks 65 and 66. Pass under the bridge beyond the second lock, and then the much larger bypass bridge. Cross the River Wheelock and continue to Wheelock Wharf. Leave the canal here, and walk out through the Crewe Road Car Park back to the Cheshire Cheese.(D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 53m - Cheshire Cheese
1 : km 0.42 - alt. 57m - Railway arch
2 : km 1.01 - alt. 60m - Old railway bridge
D/A : km 1.82 - alt. 53m - Cheshire Cheese
Possibly a few muddy spots, but mostly level and well surfaced. One flight of steps and a fast road crossing.
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