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Moorings next to Green Lane Bridge on the Shropshire Union Canal near Nantwich
Moorings next to Green Lane Bridge on the Shropshire Union Canal near Nantwich

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Route No. 520 - Thursday 12 September 2013
Ravensmoor, Shropshire Union Canal,
Llangollen Canal circuit - 13km
Cheshire . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 257 Crewe & Nantwich


Our turning onto a farm access road at the edge of Ravensmoor at the start of our walk
Our turning onto a farm access road at the edge of Ravensmoor at the start of our walk

For a number of years now our wives have allowed my mate Jim and I to have a short autumn walking break, and this year we have been to Cheshire. Not an area I immediately think of as a walking venue but there were a few pleasant surprises. On Tuesday 10 September we drove to the Delamere Forest Visitor Centre and did route no. 505. Afterwards we had a session on the Segways - brilliant fun coasting around the forest paths. On Wednesday we visited Beeston Castle in the morning and Jodrell Bank Telescope in the afternoon - a very interesting and enjoyable day.

Crossroads in Ravensmoor where we parked
Crossroads in Ravensmoor where we parked

Turn right here off the drive to follow the hedge to a stile . . .
Turn right here off the drive to follow the hedge to a stile . . .

Heading for Eddleston Hall in the trees straight ahead
Heading for Eddleston Hall in the trees straight ahead

We followed the access road for about 300m. Here the access road had become to drive into the very nice gardens of a large house. A few metres inside the garden the path turned off the drive to follow the hedge around the top edge of the garden to a stile into a field and then to some woodland. We walked through the woodland across a small stream and out into the field beyond. We continued along the edge of this large field to a gateway at the far end and then across the middle of the next smaller field to a gate at the south western corner of Eddleston Hall.

Today is our last day and we drove to the village of Ravensmoor about 3km southwest of Nantwich. We parked in a lay-by at the crossroads in the village centre across the white fenced green from The Farmers Arms at map ref. SJ620506. The weather was rather overcast and damp after a showery night as we set off from the crossroads heading northeast past The Farmers Arms for about 250m to a farm access track on the right hand side of the road along the side of the last house in the village.

Farm access road leading out of Ravensmoor
Farm access road leading out of Ravensmoor


. . . stile out of the garden

Turn right through this gate to head for the railway bridge
Turn right through this gate to head for the railway bridge

The track over the railway bridge
The track over the railway bridge

Some of the stiles were a bit overgrown
Some of the stiles were a bit overgrown

This gate was clearly not intended to open
This gate was clearly not intended to open

After about 900m we came to the A530 at map ref. SJ634491. This path did not seem to be well used and now in the early autumn the stiles had become quite overgrown.

Once through the gate we turned right and followed the track over a bridge over the railway. From the railway bridge we followed the path along the field boundaries.

Track from the railway bridge to cross the fields
Track from the railway bridge to cross the fields

Some of the stiles were a bit overgrown
Some of the stiles were a bit overgrown

The stile onto the A530
The stile onto the A530

We turned left off the A530 here in front of The Grange farm
We turned left off the A530 here in front of The Grange farm


Crossing the ditch at the side of the A530

Through this gate we rejoined the public footpath
Through this gate we rejoined the public footpath

Here the pasture had been divided up for the grazing cattle using that white electric fence tape. To avoid the electric fences we went through a gate to walk along a very muddy track on the northern side of the hedge and rejoined the path through a gate at the end of the field.

At the road we turned right and walked along the road for about 100m, then we turned left off the road to cross a plank bridge down a steep bank across a ditch with a stile into the field. We followed the edge of the field down the side of Baddington Farm to the next field.

Muddy track at Baddington Farm to avoid the electric fences
Muddy track at Baddington Farm to avoid the electric fences


Stile out of the field with the cattle & electric fences

Narrow boat on the canal away to our left
Narrow boat on the canal away to our left

Path across the fields following the canal
Path across the fields following the canal

. . . we crossed instead on a farm access track 50m further on
. . . we crossed instead on a farm access track 50m further on

The path is below the canal along the field edge with a wooded bank above the field up to the canal. We continued across the fields past Hack Green Locks to Hackgreen Bridge over the canal at map ref. SJ641483. Here we joined the towpath on the eastern side of the canal and followed it heading northwards back past Hack Green Locks.

There was a stile out of the field and from there we could see the narrow boats on the Shropshire Union Canal away to our left. It's tempting to cross the field to the canal but there is no path along the canal side.

Path across the fields following the canal
Path across the fields following the canal

Overgrown footbridge that we avoided . . .
Overgrown footbridge that we avoided . . .

Hack Green Lock seen from the field path below the canal
Hack Green Lock seen from the field path below the canal

Looking back along the canal from Hack green Lock to Hack Green Bridge where we had crossed the canal
Looking back along the canal from Hack green Lock to Hack Green Bridge where we had crossed the canal

Narrow boat leaving Hack Green Lock
Narrow boat leaving Hack Green Lock

The A530 bridge over the Shropshire Union Canal
The A530 bridge over the Shropshire Union Canal

This heron took off from the tow path as we approached
This heron took off from the tow path as we approached

Railway bridge over the canal
Railway bridge over the canal

We did see just one commercial narrow boat carrying bags of coal for domestic fires owned by a local coal merchant. From the railway bridge we continued along the tow path for another 500m to Green Lane Bridge.

After about 1.5km we passed under the A530 and after another kilometre we passed under the railway line. The canal was very busy with recreational narrow boats.

Narrow boats on the Shropshire Union Canal
Narrow boats on the Shropshire Union Canal

Mile post by the canal
Mile post by the canal


Bridge carrying a farm access track over the canal
(seems to be the same design as the A530 bridge)

More narrow boat traffic on the canal
More narrow boat traffic on the canal

A last look at the Shropshire Union Canal as we crossed Green Lane Bridge
A last look at the Shropshire Union Canal as we crossed Green Lane Bridge

About to turn left out of Green Lane
About to turn left out of Green Lane

Following Dig Lane to Dig Lane farm
Following Dig Lane to Dig Lane farm

Approaching Pear Tree Farm at Stoneley
Approaching Pear Tree Farm at Stoneley

Farm track approaching the Llangollen Canal
Farm track approaching the Llangollen Canal

We continued along the lane through Stoneley Green to Pear Tree Farm. Here the public road ended and we turned right around the farm to follow a public footpath along a farm access track to a bridge over the Llangollen Canal. As the track climbs up over the bridge there is a stile on the right leading to the canal tow path.

Here we crossed the canal at the bridge and walked along Green Lane for about 400m to the road from Ravensmoor to Nantwich called Marsh Lane at map ref. SJ638515. At the road we turned left to walk back towards Ravensmoor for about 600m to a lane on the right hand side of the road. Here we turned right and walked along the lane for about 1.5km past Dig Lane Farm to the hamlet of Stoneley Green.

We followed the road for about 600m
We followed the road for about 600m

Passing Dig Lane farm
Passing Dig Lane farm

A toad by the track in Stoneley
A toad by the track in Stoneley

Stile down to the canal tow path
Stile down to the canal tow path

Setting off along the tow path beside the Llangollen canal
Setting off along the tow path beside the Llangollen canal

Pleasant tree lined tow path by the canal
Pleasant tree lined tow path by the canal

Two ladies enjoying a bottle of wine in the bow of their boat
Two ladies enjoying a bottle of wine in the bow of their boat

One boat passed us heading towards Nantwich with two ladies sitting in the bow enjoying a bottle of white wine and the boat progressed gently under the trees that lined the canal. It looked idyllic. We followed the canal for about 1.4km to Greenfield Bridge at map ref. SJ610505.

We crossed the stile and followed the tow path under the bridge and continued along path beside the canal. This canal was not as busy as the Shropshire Union Canal although there were a few narrow boats about.

Pleasant tree lined tow path by the canal
Pleasant tree lined tow path by the canal

A tranquil voyage along the canal
A tranquil voyage along the canal

Greenfield Bridge where we left the Llangollen Canal
Greenfield Bridge where we left the Llangollen Canal

Leaving the tow path to cross the fields
Leaving the tow path to cross the fields

Path across the field towards Ravensmoor
Path across the field towards Ravensmoor

Following the lane into Ravensmoor
Following the lane into Ravensmoor

At the lane we turned left to follow the lane for about 400m back into Ravensmoor and the end of our walk. The whole route had been 13km and it had taken us a little over four hours to walk.

Just before we reached the bridge there was a stile on the left leading to a path across the field. We followed this path across several fields for about 600m to a stile on to a lane at map ref. SJ616506.

Path across the field towards Ravensmoor
Path across the field towards Ravensmoor

Joining the lane into Ravensmoor
Joining the lane into Ravensmoor

Entering Ravensmoor at the end of our walk
Entering Ravensmoor at the end of our walk

The Farmers Arms in Ravensmoor seen across the green from the lay-by where we parked
The Farmers Arms in Ravensmoor seen across the green from the lay-by where we parked

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