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Congleton

Cheshire


Slow Ways linking Congleton and Alsager, Biddulph, Holmes Chapel, Kidsgrove, Macclesfield, Marton, Sandbach

England / Cheshire / Congleton

Congleton’s seven Slow Ways are 57% checked

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 6/7
verified: 3/7
and surveyed: 0/7

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Many Slow Ways have several route options. Some will be better than others, or good for different reasons.

Our goal is for each Slow Way to have at least one route that is verified and surveyed. To be verified – and get its snail badge – a route needs at least three positive reviews.

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Walk to Congleton from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Alsager—Congleton
Alscon one Review me Distance 14km/8mi Ascent 131m Descent 121m
Congleton—Biddulph
Conbid one

Double check Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 173m Descent 85m
Congleton—Biddulph
Conbid two Review me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 404m Descent 322m
Congleton—Macclesfield
Conmac one Review me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 205m Descent 158m
Congleton—Macclesfield
Conmac two Survey me Distance 17km/11mi Ascent - Descent -
Holmes Chapel—Congleton
Holcon one Verify me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 75m Descent 100m
Kidsgrove—Congleton
Kidcon one Verify me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 294m Descent 253m
Kidsgrove—Congleton
Kidcon two Survey me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
Marton—Congleton
Marcon one Pioneer me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 95m Descent 74m
Sandbach—Congleton
Sancon one Survey me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 121m Descent 103m

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Collective progress

58% of Congleton’s seven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

10/10

drawn

9/10

reviewed

1/10

surveyed

3/10

verified

12 people have contributed to Congleton’s Slow Ways

6 people have pledged to walk and review a route

1 people have surveyed a route in Congleton

114km out of 122km have been walked and reviewed

256km of reviews have been shared in Congleton

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Nice route: canals, hills and plain. Great views over the Staffordshire and Cheshire plains from Mow Cop. Mostly easy to follow except one part near Kidsgrove....

Kabutomushi

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In view of this we took a different route into Congleton to avoid the route across the golf course and fields....

Ian Morton

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A mix of walking through grass and wheat fields, road walking on a slightly dangerous road with no footpath, and clear and easy to follow tracks. You need good walking boots and a good map for this route....

Kabutomushi

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After turning away from the canal the route follows footpaths through a housing estate before crossing the river Dane, passing a small industrial estate (while still following the River Dane) and then enters Congleton Town Park, after the park you cross the A54 Mountbatten Way and the route then finishes at Congleton Bus Station....

Ian Morton

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Lovely walk almost all on quiet canal towpaths (not always paved). Some unexpectedly nice countryside, peaceful views and a load of kingfishers! It was so good I wrote about it – and Slow Ways – for The Guardian ( https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/nov/03/slow-ways-app-map-140000-miles-footpaths-walking-pedestrian-friendly-england-wales )...

Patrick Barkham

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Peaceful canalside woods, little pastures, some lovely old locks and beautiful curvaceous stone bridges on the Telford-designed canal. The route out of Congleton is sensible too, weaving through a nice park and on quiet residential streets before getting you onto the canal....

Patrick Barkham

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The route is almost entirely on the canal, making it super-easy to navigate....

danravenellison

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We even saw two kingfisher's within a few minutes of walking down the canal! The route is mostly on the canal and is easy to follow. Photos and some more words to come later.....

danravenellison

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The route has been re-routed around the quarry, but the path is clearly marked with waymarkers. A very enjoyable walk mainly over fields/bridlepaths. Numerous stiles involved with only minimal road walking on minor roads....

Mick Cotton

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During the walk I was diverted onto a permissive path, which although narrow in places was passable and included a stretch alongside the river Dane....

Mick Cotton

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Wondered about whether the A523 would have been a better way in to Macclesfield, but it would only save you about 700m of distance and the section of canal beyond is a lovely stretch (and not plagued by the noise of said road!)....

David Sanderson

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The towpath gets boggy so I'd recommend wearing boots....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Kidcon two

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Congleton—Macclesfield

David Sanderson added Conmac two, a new walk from Congleton to Macclesfield

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Kidsgrove—Congleton

David Sanderson added Kidcon two, a new walk from Kidsgrove to Congleton

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One part of the route the footpath disappears but if an off road wheelchair would be fine. Can be cycled....

Tom

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Not a route suitable to all, only suitable for walkers perhaps in summer and in winter a difficult walk....

Tom

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Please do then share your findings via review and or create a better gpx file and upload using suggest a better route....

Slow Ways Cristie

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This was a really pleasurable route to follow, ~14km made it a really nice distance to walk, it's mainly flat as it follows the canal the majority of the way on the towpaths....

Nathan Smith

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Nathan Smith took this photo on Alscon one

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I walked through the Quarry and towards the Chimney House hotel which added a bit but wasn't unpleasant...

David Fowler

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Lots of nettles and not a clear footpath on your way into Congleton Flat route...

David Fowler

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Congleton—Biddulph

Matthew Axford added Conbid two, a new walk from Congleton to Biddulph

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Matthew Axford surveyed Conbid one

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Much of the route is easy to follow and well waymarked. However one key section is obstructed and potentially impassable in wet conditions. There are good viable alternative paths in the vicinity...

Matthew Axford

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The footpath has been diverted right, in front of the building. It crosses a farm track and continues until you find a stile on the right....

CongoSue

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Congleton

slowwalker67 surveyed Congleton

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Alsager—Congleton

Slow Ways added Alscon one, a new walk from Alsager to Congleton

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Congleton—Biddulph

Slow Ways added Conbid one, a new walk from Congleton to Biddulph

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Congleton—Macclesfield

Slow Ways added Conmac one, a new walk from Congleton to Macclesfield

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Holmes Chapel—Congleton

Slow Ways added Holcon one, a new walk from Holmes Chapel to Congleton

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Kidsgrove—Congleton

Slow Ways added Kidcon one, a new walk from Kidsgrove to Congleton

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Marton—Congleton

Slow Ways added Marcon one, a new walk from Marton to Congleton

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Sandbach—Congleton

Slow Ways added Sancon one, a new walk from Sandbach to Congleton

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Congleton, Thu 29 February

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Congleton’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SJ8594262962

Lat / Lon

53.16361° / -2.21172°

Easting / Northing

385,942E / 362,962N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Congleton's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

Official ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town

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