Gatesheath - Hatton Heath - Milner's Heath - S.U. Canal - Gatesheath

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Save Our Footpaths - get off the beaten track, this circular walk has a final footpath unsigned and rarely used. On the other hand, the first mile and threequarters are along quite busy roads; compensated by a brisk pace at the thought of a superb meal at the Carriages Country pub at the finish of your expedition. The first footpath used to be poorly used but is now much better to follow. The canal towpath takes you past a long line of moored boats before embarking on the final footpath. You will be walking through meadows which may sometimes contain cows so best take a walking stick in case you need to fend them off. The route is very flat, and the footpaths start with kissing and latched gates, and finish with a few very awkward stiles. Some sections may be a little muddy in winter or after heavy rain. The walk includes instructions for moored canal boat users.

It is probably suitable for children, senior citizens and anyone in-between. Excellent for dogs, but hopeless for wheelchairs and buggies. Suitable footwear will be anything flat soled, but boots will be best, especially in winter, and there should be no problems for anyone wearing shorts. On your route there are no facilities of any sort, but you will find picnic tables at the Country pub. If you phone in advance you should be able to book use of their car park and a table for a meal and drink; an excellent finish to an enjoyable walk.

England - North England - Cheshire - Canal Walk


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Good for Kids, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland
3/11/2024 - Derek Smith

This is an excellent walk. The description warns the rarely used path from waymark 11 is unsigned, (to waymark 14), so read the instructions carefully before you start. If you use the App and check your location with the GPS you should be okay. The walk has been checked, and there are indeed new fences, so the route has been revised. It's now shorter, easier to keep to, and you'll avoid crossing any fences.

2/11/2024 - Gill Pittilla-Frost

This walk isn't one I would recommend. The reason why is due to the fact from waymark 11 it has no markers, also the instructions were out of date. Most of the fields had electronic fencing, and there was no access across some fields. 5 mile walk turned out to be a 7 mile walk!!!

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