Vale Royal Towpath Enhancement

An all weather Towpath now links Northwich and Winsford and has given locals better access and an easy way to enjoy the river landscape. It was previously a very muddy path which only a select few were able to make use of however the final link between Vale Royal Locks and the Blue Bridge has opened the river side up to a wide range of people.










The last kilometre of the towpath was delivered by the Saltscape Landscape Partnership and in total cost £125,000. This was made up of a £60,000 grant from WREN, secured through the Canal & River Trust; £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £15,000 from Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Weaver towpath 1









Link to Saltscape map

What have we delivered?

  • 1km of enhanced towpath between Winsford and Northwich.

           Wendy Capelle, local waterway manager with the Canal & River Trust, added:

“The Trust is responsible for caring for the River Weaver Navigation and we are delighted this partnership project will make it easier for everyone to enjoy the beautiful, riverside landscape. The new hard surface towpath will now open up this popular route to more people, whatever the weather. We would just appeal to cyclists in particular to go at a leisurely pace when they pass other users.”


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