Thelwall - Manchester Ship Canal - Lymm - Bridgewater Canal - Thelwall

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This circular walk will take you along excellent paths all the way, starting along the bank of the Manchester ship canal then along other tracks and footpaths to the return route. This is along the Bridgewater Canal towpath and is known as The Cheshire Ring Canal Walk. It is followed by a footpath back to the pub across a playing field which has a children's playground nearby.

There is very little road to walk along and very little housing to pass. There are no fields to cross which contain animals, and most of the paths are enclosed. There are no stiles to climb, only one fence to step over, and no other obstacles.

Although the route is mostly quite flat the scenery is very pleasant and rural, and even the featured famous Thelwall Viaduct (in the photo), is not as intrusive as was expected.

The walk is suitable for children, senior citizens and anyone in-between. Excellent for dogs, but difficult for buggies. Suitable footwear will be anything flat soled but boots will be best, and there should be no problems for anyone wearing shorts. On your route there are no facilities except for those at the pub at the start and end of the walk. If you book in advance you should be able to get a good meal with your drink; an excellent finish to a good walk.

England - North England - Cheshire - Canal Walk


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Good for Kids, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport

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26.7 Miles