Preston on the Hill - Bridgewater Canal - Dutton - Trent & Mersey Canal - Preston on the Hill

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Save Our Footpaths - get off the beaten track, this circular walk is partly along footpaths which are graded as major trails, mainly across meadows but from the look of them not often used these days. By far the most interesting and attractive sections of this walk are those along the towpath where the scenery is outstanding, (The photo is the view at the south end of the tunnel). Alongside the towpath you will pass the Longacre public wood which is maintained by the Woodland Trust. There is an information board on the towpath and you can explore it if you are interested and have the time. On the return route you will have several stiles to climb and a couple are a bit wobbly, but there are no obstructions except for the possibility of cows in the odd meadow, so a walking stick may be useful to fend them off. There are few visible paths but the route is mainly well signed with little yellow arrows. There was no sign of Alice on the Lewis Carol sections of the walk, which disappeared with the same ease as the famous cat; in fact, there were no other walkers at all except on the towpath. This walk includes instructions for canal boat users.

It is probably most suitable for teenagers, senior citizens and anyone in-between. Avoid taking dogs during the breeding season as they may upset the cows, and the route is hopeless for wheelchairs and difficult for buggies. Suitable footwear will be anything flat soled such as stout shoes or trainers, will but boots will be best and there should be no problems for anyone wearing shorts. On your route there are occasional bench seats but no other facilities.

England - North England - Cheshire - Canal Walk

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, National Trust, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland

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30.5 Miles