Two contrasting waterways lead you through pleasant Cheshire countryside.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From the front door of the Cheshire Cheese, cross the road and turn left along the main village street. Cross the River Wheelock and then keep right at the telephone box. Beyond Brook Farm, continue to the first terrace of houses on the right and take the driveway on your right beside them. Go through the gate ahead of you and cross the field to a gate into the farmyard. Turn left and follow the track through three gateways.
(1) After the third gate, turn half-right (indicated by a waymark) and walk down towards the river. Follow the hedge round to the left (with the river on your right) then bear right along a fence to a kissing gate. Continue with the hedge on your left and the river on your right until the hedge terminates at the end of a rough track on the left.
(2) Cross to a footbridge over a side-stream ahead. Bear right to a second footbridge and then follow the bottom of the next field, close to the river. After a stile and further footbridge, leave the river and head diagonally uphill, towards Fields Farm and to a stile in the far corner of the field. Follow the farm track between weighbridge and barn and keep left of the farmhouse entrance to meet a lane.
(3) Turn right to a gate by the railway line. Follow the path between the Flash (right) and the railway line (left), crossing the River Wheelock partway along, until you climb to meet the canal by the railway bridge.
(4) Turn right (away from the bridge), along the towpath. After three-quarters of a mile, pass a canal milepost and under bridge 157. After a further quarter-mile pass under bridge 156, which carries the access road for the water treatment works on your right. After bridge 155 you approach Wheelock Wharf again, with houses on the opposite bank.
(5) Go under the road bridge then, beyond the old wharf buildings on your right, double-back right through the Crewe Road Car Park to return to the Cheshire Cheese.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 174ft - Cheshire Cheese
1 : mi 0.56 - alt. 171ft - Gate
2 : mi 1.15 - alt. 157ft - Footbridge
3 : mi 1.77 - alt. 144ft - Gate
4 : mi 2.39 - alt. 167ft - Towpath
5 : mi 3.96 - alt. 177ft - Road bridge
D/A : mi 4.03 - alt. 174ft - Cheshire Cheese
Generally level; some field paths may be muddy after rain.
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Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 4/5
Global average : 4.67 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good
A good walk with varied views along the way. Unfortunately, it snowed all the way around the walk!!
I'd recommend poles as at this time of year it is muddy when crossing the fields.
A historic town centre, pretty stream valleys and an easy canalside return.
An easy stroll that packs a lot into its short distance.
A short farmland walk offering good views over the village, and a brief but pleasant stretch alongside the River Wheelock, frequented by Kingfishers.
An interesting walk that visits several of the Sandbach Flashes, a series of intriguing lakes formed by subsidence after salt extraction.
An extended walk visiting many of the Sandbach Flashes (lakes formed by subsidence following salt extraction) and including sections along the Trent and Mersey Canal and River Wheelock.
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A wooded stroll with a visit to a rewarding church, passing a stately home (private) and some interesting remnants of its estate.
Field and quarry paths up to the famous folly, with superb views in all directions, and a pleasant canalside return.
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