NANTWICH AND RETURN FROM WRENBURY
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Cruise along the lovely Shropshire Union Canal to the historic Cheshire Market town of Nantwich with its fine Tudor buildings and visit the Secret Bunker- The Bunker is described as a unique and exciting day out, discovering the secret world of Nuclear government, as the bunker would have become home to the select few in the event of a Nuclear strike. It is too sinister for some, but it is the chance to see the underground paraphernalia required to support existence in the face of a nuclear holocaust.
From Wrenbury marina turn east you will soon encounter your first Lift bridge, if it is down you need to get your windlass out and let someone off the boat to open it up.
There are 3 locks at Baddiley but apart from that the countryside is flat, rich farmland.
You can moor up after a couple of hours cruising by Halls lane bridge 12, and take the track to Ravensmoor where you will find the Farmers Arms serving real ale & meals.
There are 2 locks at Swanley but no more until you reach the end of the Llangollen canal at Hurleston, where there are 4 in quick succession. Hurleston reservoir is off to the left.
Turn right down the Shropshire Union canal at Hurleston Junction.
Nantwich will soon be off to your right, the Canalbasin is busy, the old canalside cheese warehouses are still in existence.
Nantwich has been prosperous since Roman time because of its Salt springs. The town in in fine Tudor style, the Cheshire cat inn is an interesting building. Nantwich museum in Pillory Street gives an insight into the life and times of an historic market town. The Players Theatre in Love lane, has regular productions throughout the year. There are numerous pubs and restaurants and shops etc in this busy market town.
It is 3 hours cruising from Halls Lane bridge 12 to here.
If you want to extend the cruise to visit the Secret Bunker at Hack Green, continue on down the canal past Nantwich.
The rural countryside continues and you can moor up and turn before Hack Green Locks and walk along the canal to Bridge 85 where the Secret Bunker is signposted from the canal.
The Bunker is described as a unique and exciting day out, discovering the secret world of Nuclear government, as the bunker would have become home to the select few in the event of a Nuclear strike. It is too sinister for some, but it is the chance to see the underground paraphernalia required to support existence in the face of a nuclear holocaust. Tel 01270 629219.
It is 4 hours cruising from last nights stop to here
After visiting the Bunker you might like to cruise onto the village of Audlem, which is a well kept canalside village with a few pubs and stores.
You can turn around just before Moss hall bridge 79 just before the village.
It is 6 hours cruising from last nights stop to here.
The cruise back to Wrenbury boatyard is 6 hours so can be done in a day.
NB: This route has been provided as a guide only. Information may become inaccurate or out of date. You should always check with the marina that the route is possible within your time frame, current weather conditions and canal stoppages etc.
Maps and Guides
Pubs available on this canal route:-
|Pub Name||Pub Address||Distance from Wrenbury||More Info|
|The Cotton Arms||Cholmondeley Road, Wrenbury CW5 8HG||Full Details|
|The Dusty Miller||Cholmondeley Road, Nantwich CW5 8HG||Full Details|
|The Farmers Arms||Ravensmoor, Nantwich CW5 8PN||2.57 Miles||Full Details|
|The Star Inn||Chester Road CW5 8LD||3.98 Miles||Full Details|
|The Black Lion||Welsh Row, Nantwich CW5 5ED||4.55 Miles||Full Details|
|The Blue Bell||Tushingham, Whitchurch SY13 4QS||4.46 Miles||Full Details|
|The Boot And Shoe||82 Hospital Street, Nantwich CW5 5RP||4.68 Miles||Full Details|
|The Cheshire Cat||26 Welsh Row, Nantwich CW5 5ED||4.55 Miles||Full Details|
|The Globe||100 Audlem Road, Nantwich CW5 7EA||4.59 Miles||Full Details|
|The Shakespeare||35 Bean Street, Nantwich CW5 5NA||4.72 Miles||Full Details|
|The Vine Inn||Hospital Street, Nantwich CW5 5RP||4.68 Miles||Full Details|
NB: Distances are as the crow flies and will vary for actual canal boating travel distance.