Ellesmere Port Walks Near and Around
This Cheshire based town sits in an interesting position on the Manchester Ship Canal, the Shropshire Union Canal and the River Mersey. It's home to a fine museum and also includes canalside walking trails and a number of local country parks.
This walk explores the town's waterways museum before heading south along the Shropshire Union Canal to the neighbouring city of Chester.
The walk starts from the excellent National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port docks. It's located at the northern end of the Shropshire Union Canal at the point where it meets the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Mersey. The museum is concerned with the history of the UK's rivers and canals, with exhibits including canal boats, traditional clothing and steam engines. It's a nice place for a stroll with a number of surfaced footpaths to follow around the site. After exploring the museum you can pick up the canal towpath and follow it south through the Mersey Forest towards Croughton and Moston before coming into Chester. Here you can continue your walking by picking up the Chester Canal Walk or the Chester City Circular Walk. You can either return on the same paths to Ellesmere Port or you can catch a train back from Chester. It takes about 45 minutes and requires one change.
PostcodeCH65 4FW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Ellesmere Port Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Ellesmere Port Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Ellesmere Port OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Ellesmere Port Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Waterside Cafe at the museum is the ideal spot for some refreshments. You can sit outside on the terrace and enjoy views across the dock basin to the narrowboats passing through the locks. They serve a good range of meals and snacks and there's an associated shop where you can pick up maps, guides and canal history books.
The museum and the canal are a lovely place for a dog walk. The area is very dog friendly as is the cafe mentioned above.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
There are a few nice country parks in and around the town to visit. On the western outskirts there's
Rivacre Valley Country Park to visit. It's a pretty place which is popular for its springtime bluebells and wildflower meadows.
If you head north along the River Mersey you will soon come to Eastham Country Park. There's some nice woodland trails and fine views across the Mersey Estuary here.
The pretty Stanney Woods can also be found at the southern outskirts of the town.
The epic North Cheshire Way also starts near the town in Hooton.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cheshire Walks page.