Moulton - Eaton Hall Farm - Hartford Bridge - River Weaver Towpath - Moulton

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This is an excellent and popular circular river and countryside walk; all of the paths are broad and firm making it a good all year round walk. The first parts through the countryside are best in summer when the trees are in leaf, flowers are out, and there are lambs with the sheep in the meadows; but all of the paths are enclosed so dogs can't worry them. In winter the towpath can get a bit muddy and the first section from Hartford Bridge (photo on right); to the locks is a bit bumpy. The good news is there are no stiles, narrow bridges or latched gates and it's easy walking. The longest part of this walk is along the wooded riverbank towpath which you may have to share with cyclists and joggers. The Vale Royal Locks are worth pausing for a look and the keeper will be pleased to answer any questions about the river and its history. Some of which can be found in the 'Additional Info' folder below. This walk includes instructions for moored river boat walkers.

The walk is probably suitable for children, senior citizens and anyone in-between. Excellent for dogs and buggies and okay for wheelchairs, but you will need assistance with the bumpy parts of the towpath and getting up the hill near the end. There are several kissing gates along the towpath, but they look big enough for the average wheelchair. Suitable footwear will be anything flat soled, but boots will be best in winter or after heavy rain, and there should be no problems for anyone wearing shorts. On your route there are occasional picnic sets along the towpath. There is also a general store at the start of the walk, and the Crow's Nest Café in St. Stephen's Church Hall, in Main Road - close to the pub. There are also toilets at the pub, and if you book in advance, you should be able to get a good meal with a drink; an excellent finish to a good walk.

England - North England - Cheshire - River Walk


Birds, Cafe, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Good for Wheelchairs, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, River, Toilets, Woodland

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