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ISBN: 9780857100771
AUTHOR: Mike Cope
A Boot Up the Shropshire Union Canal
A Boot Up the Shropshire Union Canal
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The Shropshire Union Canal runs from the outskirts of Wolverhampton to Ellesmere Port, covering a distance of some 66 miles, and falling more than 300 feet, down 44 locks. The “Shroppie”, as it is affectionately known, is a “union” of three canals: the Birmingham & Liverpool Junction Canal, the Chester Canal and the Ellesmere Canal (Wirral line).

The Birmingham & Liverpool Junction Canal (from Autherley Junction to Nantwich) was the last great narrow boat canal to be built and is a product of the later period of canal construction. As the working narrow boats slowly disappeared, a new form of waterway traffic emerged and the canal became a firm favourite with pleasure boaters. The main line was nationalized in 1947 and assured of a long term future (by its present owners British Waterways), when it was designated a ‘Cruiseway’ in 1968.

It also offers a fascinating backdrop to a series of leisure walks along its length, particularly in its early stages which are the focus of this book.

The featured walks are around Brewood; Lapley and Wheaton Aston; High Onn and Church Eaton; Cowley and Wood Eaton; Gnosall and Doley Common; Norbury Junction; Loynton Moss and Grub Street; Shebdon, Knighton and High Offley; Goldstone and Cheswardine; and Market Drayton and Tyrley Locks.

They suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk, and reflect the many varied facets of the area – its people, its history, and its landscape and will help first time visitors to experience some of the great scenery the area has to offer. Many of the walks feature a pub along the route.

Halsgrove’s new-format guidebook, containing maps, photographs and useful information will ensure a great walking experience. Packed with colour, the book is an ideal reminder of a visit to the Shropshire Union Canal.

Mike Cope was born in a village on the Staffordshire/ Shropshire border and within a mile of the Shropshire Union Canal. He is a freelance writer for Country Walking magazine and has published over 30 walking routes for Staffordshire, Surrey and Hampshire. He has a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry and, when he isn’t walking or writing, works as a consultant for a multinational pharmaceutical company.

Imprint: PiXZ Books. ISBN 978 0 85710 077 1, hardback, 110x115mm, 64 pages. Published May 2013.

Portrait of Shropshire & the MarchesPortrait of Shropshire & the Marches - £14.99
Van Greaves, who knows the county well, manages to capture the essence of Shropshire through over 140 evocative photographic images, in this superb celebration of the border county.
Portrait of the Shropshire HillsPortrait of the Shropshire Hills - £14.99
This beautifully produced book, illustrated with over 150 of Robin Jukes-Hughes’ stunning landscape and natural history photographs, captures the Shropshire Hills in all their glory and will be a fine memento for visitor and local alike.
A Boot Up The Shropshire HillsA Boot Up The Shropshire Hills - £4.99
Shropshire has plenty to offer by way of varied walks. This handy book contains detailed routes and images of 10 walks in a variety of locations around the county, ranging from the dramatic hills of the south to the gentler, but no less scenic landscapes around the Shrewsbury and Shifnal areas.
Web Price: £4.99
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