This route follows a disused railway line near Alsager and Sandbach. The trail runs for just under 2 miles along a surfaced path, suitable for cyclists and walkers.
Start the walk from the Salt Line and Borrow Pit Meadows car park at Smithy Grove. It's located just south of the Trent and Mersey Canal at Hassall Green (postcode for sat navs CW11 4YB). From here you can pick up the trail and follow it south east to Day Green and Lawton Heath End on the outskirts of Alsager. On the way you'll pass the Borrow Pit Meadows nature reserve where you'll find habitats including meadows, woodland, wetland, grassland, farmland and scrub. The reserve is a nice place for a stroll with lots of birdlife to look out for.
PostcodeCW11 4YB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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The Wilbraham Arms is nicely located at the end of the route. The pub takes its name from the prominent local family that owned the nearby Rode Hall. It is positioned on the site of a former Cheshire farmhouse and includes extensive grounds, with two separate drinks terraces as well as a lawn seating area. It's a lovely place to relax in the summer months and can be found at a postcode of ST7 2AX.
The trail is a nice one to do with your dog and The Wilbraham Arms mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just east of the trail you'll find the noteworthy Rode Hall. The Georgian country house is surrounded by lovely parkland with woodland, gardens and a large lake. It's a nice place to continue your walking during the spring and summer months. The Alsager Walk uses the trail and the canal to create a circular route which visits the hall.
Head north west along the canal and you can pick up another rail trail near Sandbach. The Wheelock Rail Trail is another flat surfaced path providing easy cycling and walking opportunites in the area.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cheshire Walks page.