Rudheath - Trent & Mersey Canal - Whatcroft - Shipbrook - Rudheath

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For most of this walk you will be following part of the Dane Valley Way long distance path. Starting along a delightful canal towpath which will of particular interest for waterway enthusiasts, and a very pleasant path it is too. You will enjoy passing a great variety of very attractive rural scenery including three marinas (see photo of one). Trees and bushes and wildlife such as herons, will be reflected on the water, and in summer you can also expect to see numerous cruising boats - remember to wave at the skippers. The route is circular, and your return will first take you along a narrow and quiet elevated lane giving panoramic views across the countryside. Passing Shipbrook farm shop and café the lane gets wider, bringing you to the first of the two stiles on this walk. Soon you depart from the Dane Valley Way and complete the walk along a rough and winding path to Gad Brook, and a short length of pavement bashing through Higher Sturlach and Rudheath. The walk includes instructions for canal boat users.

This walk is 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 you are likely to find a bit of mud, making boots the best for winter; and wearing shorts should be avoided as you are likely to encounter nettles and brambles on the same short section. On your route there is the farm shop, café and ice cream at Shipbrook Hill Farm, and probably toilets. You will also pass a posh café in the Higher Shurlach business estate. There are no shops, bench seats, or other facilities; but you will find numerous picnic tables on the lawn at The Old Broken Cross pub at the start and end of your walk, where there are also refreshments and toilets. Details are below and if you book in advance, you should be able to get a good meal with your pint; an excellent finish to a good walk.

England - North England - Cheshire - Canal Walk


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland

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23 Miles