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Alsager Series No. 5 – Salt Line and Canal Route






Grade: Easy Distance: 10 km / 6 miles Time: 2 – 2 ½ hours Start: New Horse Shoe pub, Lawton Heath End, Alsager Map: OS Explorer 268 Terrain: Country lanes, canal towpath, off-road trails and footpaths Barriers: 1 gate, 1 stile This route, devised by Alsager Chamber of Trade, is one a series of walks in the Alsager area. The walks have been published in leaflets entitled ‘It’s all about Alsager - Walking Maps of Alsager’.

Walk Waypoints

  1. 1 Cross over the road from the new Horse Show and turn right into Cherry Lane. Go past the no entry sign and look out for a gated entrance on the left.
  2. 2 Go through the gate and follow the path down to the main road (Sandbach Road North) and turn right until the entrance to the Salt Line can be seen on the opposite side o the road (take care when you cross this road).
  3. 3 Follow the Salt Line trail. The Salt Line path is split by a road and, when you get to this point, continue on across the road until you reach a way marker pointing to the right just before the M6 motorway bridge.
  4. 4 Follow the way marker through the gate and up to the stile into the corner of a field.
  5. 5 Keeping the hedge on your left follow the path until you join a track down to Smithy Grove where you see the pink church of St Philips. Turn right up the road (take care because there is no pavement) until you reach the canal bridge and Lock 57.
  6. 6 Lock 57 is a good place to rest your legs and have a tea/ccoffee or something more substantial.
  7. 7 Join the towpath opposite Lock 57 heading left. Continue on this towpath until you come to The Broughton Arms.
  8. 8 Leave the towpath at this point taking the path to the right, following the path down and over a bridge and on past Lawton Valley Kennels & Cattery.
  9. 9 At the top of the lane turn right into Cherry Lane. You are now returning back to your starting point at The New Horse Shoe.

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