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Beeston to Ellesmere

Please note that these route pages are a work in progress. The figures below indicate route length; however, not all locks and bridges are included currently, so the time required may be underestimated.

Departure Point:  
Cruising Hours: This route consists of 63.044 miles, 46 locks, 4 movable bridges and 2 tunnels. Which will take 4 days, 6 hours and 30 minutes when travelling for 7 hours per day at our default speeds.

Experience the famed Llangollen Canal on a relaxed journey to the picturesque market town of Ellesmere. Enjoy the beautiful meres around Ellesmere, tackle the Grindley Brook Staircase Locks and explore the expansive Whixall Moss Nature Reserve. Don't forget your binoculars, there is plenty of wildlife to be seen, either from the Mammoth Tower or the birdhide at Charles Sinker Fields. The quaint village of Wrenbury is also a great place to stop and visit one of the popular pubs.

Places of interest on the Beeston to Ellesmere route

Places to visit & highlights on the canal itself

Bunbury Staircase Locks
Grindley Staircase lock
Swanley Marina
Colemere Country Park
Beeston Castle Wharf
Llangollen Canal Bridge 50
Ellesmere Mere
Bridge 4, Llangollen Canal
Beeston Iron Lock
Poveys Lock
Whitchurch Marina
Willeymoor Lock
Lift Bridge
Baddiley Lock 3
Barbridge Junction
Wrenbury Mill - Alvechurch Boat Centres
Cotton Arms Campsite
Llangollen Canal Whitchurch
Bridge 17
Colemere Caravan Park

Top Rated Pubs And Restaurants On to Near the Canal

Dusty Miller
Lockgate Coffee House
Willeymoor Lock Tavern
The Olde Barbridge Inn
Lockside Cafe
The Cellar Restaurant
Cotton Arms
Lockgate Coffee Shop
Ellsemere Boathouse
The Boathouse Restaurant
The Boat House
Calveley Mill Cafe
The Vault
The Vaults
Cherry Tree Cafe
No18 the Park Cafe
Petes Sandwich Bar
Vermeulen's of Ellesmere

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Further reading and learning about the Beeston to Ellesmere route


Related Nicholson Guide:
Four Counties & the Welsh Canals - Nicholson Guide No 4

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