GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Wheelock Rail Trail

1 miles (2 km)

This shared cycling and walking trail runs along a disused railway line in Sandbach. The easy trail is a popular one with people looking for an easy stroll or ride in the area. After the line closed in 1966 it became overgrown but in 2000 work started to transform the line for public access. It's now a pleasant tree lined path with lots of interesting flora to look out for in the spring and summer months.
The route runs for just over a mile along a flat surfaced path just to the south of the town. You can pick up the trail next to the Trent and Mersey Canal at Malkin's Bank. Then head north west through Wheelock village to Elworth where the trail finishes.


CW11 4XN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Wheelock Rail Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Wheelock Rail Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

You can continue your exercise on the Trent and Mersey Canal. Head east and you can visit one of the highlights of the area at Rode Hall. The Georgian country house is surrounded by lovely parkland with woodland, gardens and a large lake.
Just to the east of the eastern end of the trail you'll find a similar route on the Salt Line. This easy path will take you from Hassall Green to Alsager, passing the pretty Borrow Pit Meadows nature reserve on the way.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cheshire Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Wheelock Rail Trail - - 208887

View of the path and bridge near Wheelock

Wheelock Rail Trail - - 1263066

The trail follows the route of the former Sandbach to Kidsgrove railway (part of the North Staffordshire Railway network). This is the view looking westwards from the bridge in the previous photo- the bridge itself is on the gridline which is why the two photos are in different squares.

Rear of former Wheelock station building (geograph 3630074)

Rear of former Wheelock station building

Big Hindheath Farm - - 62442

Big Hindheath Farm

Remains of Wheelock station - - 3630067

Remains of Wheelock station

Sandbach old railway station - - 3705259

Sandbach old railway station

Trent and Mersey Canal east of Wheelock, Cheshire - - 2847339

Trent and Mersey Canal east of Wheelock. This is the view of the canal at the eastern end of the route.


GPS Files

GPX File

Wheelock Rail Trail.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Wheelock Rail Trail.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)