Ellesmere PortChester

Ellche four
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By David Sanderson on 29 Aug 2022







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Route principally following the Shropshire Union Canal but diverting along a country lane where the Towpath is currently closed

Route principally following the Shropshire Union Canal but diverting along a country lane where the Towpath is currently closed


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Ellesmere Port
Grid Ref SJ4036976506
Lat / Lon 53.28217° / -2.89584°
Easting / Northing 340,369E / 376,506N
What3Words relax.improving.eagles
Grid Ref SJ4052966286
Lat / Lon 53.19034° / -2.89153°
Easting / Northing 340,529E / 366,286N
What3Words bridge.assist.chair

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David Sanderson

02 Sep 2022 (edited 05 Sep 2022) Summer

The route started well from Chester and soon got me via an accessible route on to the Shropshire Union Canal. I must admit I took the opportunity to climb up and walk along the city wall which runs parallel prior to the canal. Ellche Three then follows the canal all the way to Ellesmere Port and this was the route I was following to start with but reached a "towpath closed" sign just north of Chester Zoo. I wasn't able to gauge how long the stretch of towpath will be closed. The diversion which makes this route into Ellche Four is along a quiet country lane with good sight and I was happy to take it. Having reached the end of the diversion, the next decision was to divert into Stoak. The lane to the pub in the village has no pavement and is a blind bend which locals seem to hare around. It's a bit contrary to the stopping points requirement of Slow Ways but I decided that sticking to the towpath is the better option and that if you really need to visit the pub (there are no shops in the village) you'd be best following the footpath there and back from Densions Bridge. A lack of places to stop is a serious problem for this route, the only one I encountered was a cafe at the Harley Davidson showroom as you reach the outskirts of Ellesmere Port. I left the route as it is, as plotted by Hiking Historian as it maintains the accessibility of the route. This route is accessible, easy to follow and safe. The ease of navigation does come at a price of directness as you follow a large inverted S shape. Looking at the route, there is no obvious alternative. The only thing I would possible change is at the Ellesmere Port end, to follow the canal for further and approach the end from the east rather than the south which appears to be shorter. Overall it was enjoyable and relaxing, in peaceful friendly surroundings. But I'd recommend you bring your own supplies!.

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