306 Northwich

Clad in Victorian black and white, Northwich is not only picturesque but practical, for its timber framed buildings were designed to be jacked up when salt mining caused the ground to subside. The swing bridges are also self-levelling, but now the Weaver Navigation carries pleasure boats rather than coal and salt, while beside the towpath grow bluebells, wild garlic, red campion and yellow archangel. Though perhaps, in Spring, only the very lucky will glimpse a whinchat, back from Africa, we can almost guarantee you'll hear the cuckoo.

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START: Memorial Hall town centre car park by A559
Grid ref: SJ661738 Postcode: CW9 5QJ
DISTANCE: 6 miles
TIME: 3 hours
MAP: Explorer - Northwich Landranger 118
NOTE: Dock Road Pumping Station www.Dockroad.org Weaver Hall Museum www.weaverhallmuseum.org.uk
EN ROUTE: Hunt's Locks, Hartford Bridge, Vale Royal, Marshall's Arm, Hayhurst Bridge, Poors Wood

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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