Grade: Long Distance
Time: 2- 4 days
Start: Audlem or Frodsham (directions are from Audlem)
Map: OS Explorer 257 & 267
Terrain: Fairly level terrain, mainly canal towpath or riverside paths, some country lanes and road walking in town centres.
Barriers: Some gates but largely stile free
Toilets: Nantwich Town Centre
Stretching from Frodsham in the north to its most southerly point at Audlem, the route leads you along the River Weaver and Navigation, as well as the Trent and Mersey, and Shropshire Union Canals.
Watch for wildlife along the way, from mad March hares to Canada Geese. Or delight at the bright blue and orange King Fishers which launch themselves upon unsuspecting fish from high overhanging trees.
The Weaver Way is rich in heritage; much of it linked to the county’s now much mellowed, industrial legacy. Visit the Salt Museum in Northwich, where the story of Cheshire’s exploitation of this valuable mineral is told.
Or take a trip on the restored Anderton Boat Lift, carrying you 50 feet up from the River Weaver to the Trent and Mersey Canal.
On your journey visit some of Cheshire’s most picturesque and fascinating towns and villages.
Enjoy a canalside drink and bite to eat in pretty Audlem; or indulge in some retail therapy in the half timbered streets of historic Nantwich. Founded in the Saxon times, Frodsham is a great place to explore, boasting attractive buildings, good pubs and fine restaurants.