10 canal walks in Cheshire

Macclesfield Canal at Marple by Peter Laws

Macclesfield Canal at Marple by Peter Laws - Credit: Archant

There are several major canals that run through Cheshire, these walks run alongside or cross over sections of at least of these waterways.

Anderton Boat Lift by Gemma Howarth Rymill

Anderton Boat Lift by Gemma Howarth Rymill - Credit: Archant

Anderton Boat Lift and Great Budworth - Trent and Mersey Canal
Start off at the Anderton Boat Lift in Northwich and follows a section of the Trent and Mersey Canal which takes you to the edge of Marbury Country Park and onto the popular village of Great Budworth.
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An inquisitive swan

An inquisitive swan - Credit: not Archant

Nantwich and the River Weaver - Shopshire Union Canal
This walk offers a bit of everything: a walk beside the river, a walk beside the Shrophire Union Canal, a stroll across fields with a view over the Cheshire Plain and the historic town of Nantwich.
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Marple Aqueduct

Marple Aqueduct - Credit: Archant

Romiley and Marple - Peak Forest Canal
The Marple Aqueduct was built to carry the lower level of the Peak Forest Canal across the River Goyt, it is the highest canal aqueduct in England, and we cross this as well as taking in sections of the Goyt and Etherow rivers.
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House beside bridge 19 on the canal

House beside bridge 19 on the canal - Credit: Archant

Marple Bridge and Goyt Way - Peak Forest Canal
Another walk that takes us along the Peak Forest Canal and beside the River Goyt in Marple Bridge, this walk starts out from Ridge Quarry Viewing Point and takes in a section of the Goyt Way.
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The Bridgewater Canal

The Bridgewater Canal - Credit: Archant

Thelwall and the Trans Pennine Trail- Bridgewater Canal
This easy, hill-free circular ramble from Thelwall is in two parts; the first half takes you along a stretch of the Trans Pennine Trail which was once the Warrington and Stockport Railway, and the return leg takes you along the Bridgewater Canal.
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The Bridgewater Canal

The Bridgewater Canal - Credit: Archant

Dunham Massey and Little Bollington - Bridgewater Canal
An easy walk around the delightful village of Dunham Massey that ventures south to Little Bollington; follows a section of the Bridgewater Canal, where at one point it goes over the River Bollin.
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Rush hour on the Bridgewater Canal by Peter Beck

Rush hour on the Bridgewater Canal by Peter Beck - Credit: Archant

Appleton and Higher Walton - Bridgewater Canal
This walk crosses a section of the Bridgewater Canal in Warrington; you pass by the Fox Covert Cemetery and then take in the beautiful surroundings of Walton Hall.
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Towpath of the Macclesfield Canal

Towpath of the Macclesfield Canal - Credit: not Archant

Astbury and Little Moreton Hall - Macclesfield Canal
This walk close to Congleton starts in the village of Astbury and cross the Macclesfield Canal, before heading onto Little Moreton Hall and Brownlow Heath.
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A heron beside the Macclesfield Canal

A heron beside the Macclesfield Canal - Credit: Archant

Bollington and Pott Shrigley - Macclesfield Canal
Start on the Middlewood Way, then stroll along the Macclesfield Canal, passing by Clarence Mill. Ascend a moor with vast views over the Cheshire Plain before returning to Bollington via the pretty village of Pott Shrigley.
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The path beside the overgrown Runcorn and Latchford Canal Photo: Paul Taylor

The path beside the overgrown Runcorn and Latchford Canal Photo: Paul Taylor - Credit: Archant

Moore Nature Reserve - Manchester Ship Canal and Runcorn and Latchford Canal
This walk in the Moore Nature Reserve takes in a section of the now dry, Runcorn and Latchford Canal, which ran from Runcorn to the Latchford area of Warrington, connecting the Mersey and Irwell Navigation to the River Mersey.
Click here to view the details of the Sankey Valley Walk

All the routes were correct at the time of publication, over time access to certain parts of the walk may be subject to change. We advise you acquire a recent OS map of the area you plan to visit and assure there are no major changes.