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pick of wa­ter­ing holes on the Bridge Brewood. Canal­side at Bridge 14. 01902 903966. Water­side vil­lage pub with real ale, home cooked food in restau­rant and lounge bar, gar­den.

Wheaton As­ton. By Bridge 19. 01785 840232. Friendly vil­lage lo­cal, real ale and cider, restau­rant and bar food, gar­den

Boat Gnos­all. Canal­side at Bridge 34. 01785 822208. Canal­side pub pop­u­lar with boaters serv­ing se­lec­tion of real ales, home cooked food (ex­cept Mon­days), canal­side pa­tio

Junc­tion Norbury. 01785 284288. Canal­side by the junc­tion with the old New­port Arm. Large, friendly pub and restau­rant with real ale and canal­side gar­den

An­chor High Of­fley. 01785 284569. Canal­side near Bridge 42. Re­mote lit­tle un­spoilt sur­vivor from work­ing boat days, run by the same fam­ily for al­most 150 years. Real ale, open fire, gar­den. In win­ter open week­ends only

Gold­stone. 01630 661226. Canal­side at Bridge 55. Large fam­ily-friendly pub with ex­ten­sive gar­den, real ale and food

Tyr­ley. 01630 652995. 10 mins west of Tyr­ley Top Lock. Large fam­ily-friendly pub with an em­pha­sis on food in­clud­ing restau­rant meals and bar snacks. Real ale, gar­den

Tal­bot New­cas­tle Road, Mar­ket Dray­ton. 01630 654989. Just east of Bridge 62. Tra­di­tional brick-built town pub with real ale, food, open fire and out­door seat­ing

Bridge Audlem. 01270 812928. By Bridge 12. Re­cently re­fur­bished fam­ily-friendly pub and restau­rant with se­lec­tion of real ales, good value food, oc­ca­sional live en­ter­tain­ment

Oddfel­lows Welsh Row, Nantwich. 01270 624758. 5 mins east of Nantwich Aqueduct. Tra­di­tional town pub with open fires, low ceil­ings, real ale, gar­den and live mu­sic Satur­days

Pub­de­tail­sare­like­ly­tochangeat­short­no­tice: youaread­vised­to­phonea­head­tobesure dur­ing the Se­cond World War: on one oc­ca­sion, a pass­ing loaded nar­row­boat was at­tacked by a Ger­man air­craft.

Lovely wooded cut­tings are fol­lowed by em­bank­ments with views stretch­ing as far as Can­nock Chase. In sum­mer the cut­tings are bright with wild­flow­ers, and of­ten the only sound is the cackle of pheas­ants in a nearby field.

One of the Shrop­pie’s deep­est and long­est cut­tings leads to Cow­ley Tun­nel, cut through un­lined sand­stone and the only tun­nel on the canal: walk­ers will be de­lighted to see the 81-yard bore has a tow­path. Be­yond the tun­nel this soon leads to Gnos­all Heath where there are two ex­cel­lent water­side pubs. You will find a con­ve­nient row of shops if you fol­low the road be­side the Boat Inn.

Af­ter Gnos­all comes the tow­er­ing Shel­more Em­bank­ment which took six years to build. Telford’s pre­ferred line was re­jected by landowner Lord An­son be­cause it was too close to his pheas­ant shoot, forc­ing the en­gi­neer to take a more dif­fi­cult route over un­sta­ble land which col­lapsed over and over again. It was the last sec­tion com­pleted be­fore the canal opened in 1835: Telford didn’t live to see it fin­ished, and com­ple­tion was the re­spon­si­bil­ity of Wil­liam Cu­bitt.

Norbury Junc­tion marks the be­gin­ning

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