Whitchurch canal walk and map
A five mile circular pub walk from The Cock and Greyhound, one of the oldest inns in Whitchurch, Shropshire. The walking route heads north through farmland and a golf course before returning alongside the Shropshire Union Canal, taking in sections of the South Cheshire Way and the Sandstone Trail along the way.
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The route has a few steady climbs and descents throughout, but there are no particularly steep sections. The paths can be very muddy in winter and some parts can be a little overgrown in the summer so shorts are not recommended. You will need to negotiate several gates plus seven stiles (some of which are entirely enclosed with wire fencing so dogs will need a lift over). You will be sharing some of the fields with sheep and cattle so take particular care with dogs. The canal is deep and busy with boat traffic so take care with young children on this part.
Approximate time two and a half hours.
Whitchurch is located in North Shropshire, close to the borders with Wales and Cheshire. The town is 20 miles north of Shrewsbury and 20 miles south of Chester. NOTE: There are several other towns in Britain named Whitchurch, so do make sure you are heading to the correct one. The walk starts and finishes from The Cock and Greyhound on Bargates, opposite the church. The pub has its own small car park at the rear, but if you are planning to walk at busy times please consider parking elsewhere in the town to help other visitors. There is a free car park near the end of the walking route, at the junction between Waterside Close and Sherrymill Hill. Approximate post code for Cock and Greyhound SY13 1LL.
Start point: Cock and Greyhound, Whitchurch
End point: Cock and Greyhound, Whitchurch
Distance: five miles
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