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Shropshire Union Canal

Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, W Midlands

106 km / 66 miles
The Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal opened in 1835 and later, forming part of the Shropshire Union, was Thomas Telford's last great engineering challenge. The route passes through rural Shropshire and Cheshire via Gnosall, Norbury, Market Drayton, Audlem, Nantwich and Chester to Ellesmere Port.

There is also the 10-mile Middlewich Branch from Barbridge.


Path Type: Other Paths
Waymark: Chester-Ellesmere Port section named as 'Canalside Trail'
Attributes: Easy
Industrial History
Start: SJ901020 - Autherley Junction, W Midlands View on StreetMap
Finish: SJ407770 - Ellesmere Port, Cheshire View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Canal & River Trust - Shropshire Union Canal Shropshire Union Canal Society - Interactive Map

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

General Interest Book Four Counties & the Welsh Canals: Waterways Guide 4 (Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides)  (HarperCollins  - 2023 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 117, 118, 127, 139
OS Landranger Active 117, 118, 127, 139
OS Explorer 219, 242, 243, 257, 266, 267
OS Explorer Active 219, 242, 243, 257, 266, 267
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Accommodation within 5 km of this Path:

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4 km
42 km
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92 km

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Route Profile:

106.8 km (66.4 miles)
617 m (2,024 ft) ascent
123 m (404 ft)  maximum height

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