GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Bunbury Canal Locks Walk

10 miles (16 km)

This delightful Cheshire based village is a lovely place for a stroll. There's picturesque old cottages, a mid 19th century watermill, canalside trails and some historic local castles to see.
This walk from the village takes you to the Bunbury Locks on the Shropshire Union Canal.
The route then goes on to climb to the splendid viewpoint at Beeston Castle which lies just to the west of the village.
You can start the walk in Bunbury and follow country lanes north to link up with the canal at the impressive staircase locks.
Follow the towpath west to Tiverton and Wharton's Bridge where you can pick up the popular Sandstone Trail. This can then be followed south to climb to the 13th century castle where you can enjoy some wonderful views over the Cheshire Plain. From this elevated ancient spot you can see across eight counties from thePenninesin the east to the Welsh mountains in the west.
You can extend the walk by continuing south to visit Peckforton Castle and Peckforton Hills.

Bunbury OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Bunbury Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Bunbury

  • Beeston Castle - Climb to the ruins of this 13th century castle and enjoy wonderful views over the Cheshire Plain on this short circular walk in the Peckforton Hills
  • Sandstone Trail - This is a popular walk that runs through Cheshire and Shropshire from Frodsham to Whitchurch.
    The path starts in Frodsham and heads south to Frodsham Hill with lovely views over the Cheshire Plain and the Mersey Estuary
  • Peckforton Castle and Peckforton Hills - Explore the Peckforton Castle Estate and the Peckforton Hills on this walk in Cheshire
  • Tarporley - Tarporley is a very pretty Cheshire village with some nice country trails and waterside walks along the nearby canal towpath.
  • Burwardsley - This Cheshire based village is crossed by two signficant long distance trails
  • Kelsall - This Cheshire based village makes a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside and woodland of the expansive Delamere Forest and the Sandstone Hills.
  • Cholmondeley - This walk visits the Cholmondeley Castle estate, located in the village of Cholmondeley near Malpas in Cheshire.
  • Bulkeley Hill - Enjoy a walk through these peaceful woods to the Bulkeley Hill viewpoint on this walk in Cheshire
  • Malpas - This Cheshire based market town is a fine place for a stroll with a number of historic buildings including a significant 14th century church and several picturesque timber framed properties
  • Shropshire Union Canal - Travel from the ourskirts of Wolverhampton to Ellesmere Port on this long distance waterside walk along the Shropshire Union Canal.
    The route starts at Autherley Junction in the Oxley area of Wolverhampton
  • Two Saints Way - Travel through Cheshire and Staffordshire on this wonderful long distance walking trail
  • Hurleston Reservoir - This small reservoir sits in a lovely spot on the Llangollen branch of the Shropshire Union Canal near Nantwich.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Two Saints Way long distance trail passes through the village. The 92 mile pilgrimage route runs through the counties of Cheshire and Staffordshire.


Bunbury, Church and Village Street - - 103483

Bunbury, Church and Village Street. Peaceful scene in part of the Cheshire stockbroker belt.

The Shropshire Union Canal at Bunbury Locks - - 2000934

The Shropshire Union Canal at Bunbury Locks

The Nags Head, Bunbury - - 2058256

The Nags Head, Bunbury

Bunbury Locks and stables - - 2720954

Bunbury Locks and stables

Bunbury Wharf - - 129539

Bunbury Wharf

Bunbury Cottage and Tudor Cottage, Bunbury

Bunbury Cottage and Tudor Cottage, Bunbury

Little Orchard, Bunbury

Photograph showing Little Orchard, a Grade II listed house in the village

Beeston - Beeston Castle Ramparts

Beeston Castle


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