Wheelock Rail Trail and the Trent & Mersey Canal

An easy stroll that packs a lot into its short distance.

Technical sheet
No. 17392885
A Sandbach walk posted on 22/11/21 by Walks from the Door. Update : 22/11/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 0h30[?]
Distance Distance : 1.13mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 23ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 23ft
Highest point Highest point : 197ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 171ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Sandbach
Starting point Starting point : N 53.129465° / W 2.373743°
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Description

(D/A) From the front door of the Cheshire Cheese, turn right over the canal bridge. Immediately over the bridge, go down steps on your right to a narrow canalside path (on the opposite side to the main towpath). Walk along the canal for a short distance then, beyond a car park at the back of the Zan industrial estate, turn left. Walk down and cross a stream and follow the path upstream beyond the footbridge.

(1) Just before a railway arch, take the steps on the right up to the disused railway. Turn right and follow the Rail Trail to the A534 Wheelock Bypass. Cross quickly but carefully, and continue along the trail beyond.

(2) Cross the old railway bridge over the canal, then turn immediately left onto the towpath. Turn left again, under the bridge you’ve just crossed, and follow the canal past locks 65 and 66. Pass under the bridge beyond the second lock, and then the much larger bypass bridge. Cross the River Wheelock and continue to Wheelock Wharf. Leave the canal here, and walk out through the Crewe Road Car Park back to the Cheshire Cheese.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 174ft - Cheshire Cheese
1 : mi 0.26 - alt. 187ft - Railway arch
2 : mi 0.63 - alt. 197ft - Old railway bridge
D/A : mi 1.13 - alt. 174ft - Cheshire Cheese

Useful Information

Possibly a few muddy spots, but mostly level and well surfaced. One flight of steps and a fast road crossing.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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