WHEELOCK AND RETURN FROM ANDERTON

 

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You can do this route from :
Anderton Marina


A cruise through the Cheshire countryside to Middlewich where Rock salt mining that has gone on since Roman times, and to the small village of Wheelock.

The canalside area of Middlewich is a haven of peace below the busy streets. The town has been extracting salt since Roman times, and there is an interesting town trail north of Bridge 172. There are various pubs canalside along this stretch.

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Cruising Days : 3.00

Cruising Time : 17.50 hours

Total Distance : 33.00 miles

Number of Locks : 24

Number of Tunnels : 0

Number of Aqueducts : 0

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Cruising Notes

Day 1

From Anderton marina you head south along the Trent & Mersey canal.

Away on your left you will see Marbury Country park which has woodlands carpeted with bluebells in the springtime, or relax under the shade of the lime avenues. Wander along the mere with splendid views over the water to the church at Great Budworth, or explore the arboretum and community orchard. Children will enjoy the play area, close to the picnic area.

There are attractive short stay moorings here if you have had a long trip and want to moor up somewhere local for the night. Or head for Marston Bridge 193 which is 45 minutes from Anderton where there is a pub and late opening stores.

Alternatively cruise for a couple of hours to Northwich, the Old Broken Cross Pub is by Bridge 184 canalside and has moorings. There is a chemist, grocer & other shops ½ mile past the pub towards Northwich.

Cruising time to here just under 2 hours

Day 2

As the canal heads towards Middlewich you move out into fine open country on a beautiful stretch of canal, often overhung by trees following the delightful valley of the River Dane.

There are pleasant moorings with picnic tables & BBQ just before Bridge 176. (just over 3 hours to here from Anderton marina)
The canalside area of Middlewich is a haven of peace below the busy streets. The town has been extracting salt since Roman times, and there is an interesting town trail north of Bridge 172. There are various pubs canalside along this stretch.

As you descend into Middlewich there are 3 locks to be negotiated before you reach a canal junction, and Kings Lock just after the junction.

Ignore the Middlewich branch canal to your right, and continue south down the Trent & Mersey Canal past several salt works, which shows this areas industrial heritage. The Rock salt mining that has gone on since Roman times has resulted in severe local subsidence, and the canal has had to be banked up in some stretches, which makes it much deeper than normal. There is a chinese takeaway west of bridge 166.

Occasional locks mark a quiet and unspoilt area, the town of Sandback is away to the left, as the canal reaches the village of Wheelock. This busy little village has a stores and fish & chip shop., and 3 pubs, 2 near bridge 154, and one Canalside- the Cheshire Cheese- with moorings outside.

Sandbach is 1 ½ miles north of Wheelock, and is an old market town that has retained its charm. In its old cobbled market place stand 2 superb Saxon crosses, there are 7 pubs to choose from around here.

Cruising time to here 6.75 hours

Day 3
Day 4
There are about 3 locks to go before you can turn around and start your journey home.

Turn around just before Bridge 151 after the 3rd lock.

It is just 8-9 hours back to Anderton marina.

 

NB: This route has been provided as a guide only. Information may become inaccurate or out of date. You should always check with the marina that the route is possible within your time frame, current weather conditions and canal stoppages etc.

Boats

We have the following boats available to do this route

Black Necked Swan (Sleeps a maximum of 12 People).

Booted Eagle (Sleeps a maximum of 7 People).

Chestnut Thrush (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Dusky Thrush (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Glaucous Gull (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Great Blue Heron (Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

Laughing Gull (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Little Owl (Sleeps a maximum of 10 People).

Reed Bunting (Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

River Warbler (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Spectacled Weaver (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Hartleys Best (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Mealy Amazon (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Striding Edge (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Sun Conure (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Thompsons Brewery (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Maps and Guides

Pub Guide

Pubs available on this canal route:-

  Pub Name Pub Address Distance from Anderton More Info
The Stanley Arms Old Road, Anderton CW9 6AG 0.26 Miles Full Details
The Big Lock Webbs Lane, Middlewich CW10 9DN 6.44 Miles Full Details
The Boars Head Kinderton Street, Middlewich CW10 0JE 6.72 Miles Full Details
The Narrowboat 22 Lewin Street, Midddlewich CW10 9AS 6.87 Miles Full Details
The Newton Brewery Webbs Lane, Middlewich CW10 9DN 6.44 Miles Full Details
Commercial Hotel Game Street, Wheelock CW11 3RR 11.92 Miles Full Details
The Cheshire Cheese Crewe Road, Wheelock CW11 3RL 11.96 Miles Full Details

NB: Distances are as the crow flies and will vary for actual canal boating travel distance.

 

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