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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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This is a pleasant linear walk that starts at Ellesmere and follows the Shropshire Union Canal past Blakemere, ending at Colemere. The walk can be extended by taking a circuit around Colemere on the return leg (see Colemere Country Park Phototrail for more information). Some people will find the walk inaccessible due to steps, kissing gates, stiles and steep gradients. Informal path surfaces of stone, grass and soil and some sections may be muddy or slippery in wet conditions. Many thanks to the Volunteers from the 'On the Way' Project for their help in producing this Phototrail.

Surveyed by: Joe Penfold, November 2011 (Autumn)
Accessibility Rating: 5More Information
Distance: 3.2 km

Public Transport: Buses are available to Ellesmere and the Boathouse Visitors Centre (nearest stop) to and from Shrewsbury and Oswestry
Car Park: There is a large car park at the start of the trail. No spaces are reserved for Visitors with disabilities.
Steps: Two flight of steps are found along the route.
Barriers: A number of man made barriers are found along the trail, including a narrow squeeze gap.
Toilets: The nearest public toilets are situated at the Boathouse Visitors Centre on the other side of the A528, along with a cafe and information centre.

Full Profile

This walk starts from Castlefields Car Park which is located off the A528 on outskirts of Ellesmere. The car park is on the opposite side of the road to the Boathouse Visitors Centre (OS Explorer Map 241. Grid Reference 406345).

Information This walk starts from Castlefields Car Park which is located off the A528 on outskirts of Ellesmere. The car park is on the opposite side of the road to the Boathouse Visitors Centre (OS Explorer Map 241. Grid Reference 406345).

A visitor information board is located in Castlefield Car Park. A Norman Castle once stood at this site, but now only remnant earthworks are visible. Castlefields is rich in wildife; the site is managed to encourage wildflowers such as Common Spotted Orchid and Yellow Rattle.

Information A visitor information board is located in Castlefield Car Park. A Norman Castle once stood at this site, but now only remnant earthworks are visible. Castlefields is rich in wildife; the site is managed to encourage wildflowers such as Common Spotted Orchid and Yellow Rattle.

There are plenty of car parking spaces available.

CarPark There are plenty of car parking spaces available.

Walk to the end of the car park where you will find a flight of steps.

Step Walk to the end of the car park where you will find a flight of steps.

Follow the flight of steps up to the kissing gate at Sandy Lane.

Step Follow the flight of steps up to the kissing gate at Sandy Lane.

Go through the kissing-gate and cross over Sandy Lane. Directly opposite is the entrance to Plantation Nature Reserve which is just visible in the background.

Gate Go through the kissing-gate and cross over Sandy Lane. Directly opposite is the entrance to Plantation Nature Reserve which is just visible in the background.

The Plantation is woodland nature reserve managed by Shropshire Wildlife Trust. Go through the kissing-gate and follow the path straight ahead.

Direction The Plantation is woodland nature reserve managed by Shropshire Wildlife Trust. Go through the kissing-gate and follow the path straight ahead.

A visitor information board tells you more about the wildlife in the wood.

Information A visitor information board tells you more about the wildlife in the wood.

Go up the steps (or to the side!) and bear right where there is a fork in the path.

Step Go up the steps (or to the side!) and bear right where there is a fork in the path.

At this fork, go in either direction as they end up rejoining the path at the same point.

Direction At this fork, go in either direction as they end up rejoining the path at the same point.

This section of the walk goes through a pleasant area of woodland with mature Chestnut, Beech and Lime trees.

Wildlife This section of the walk goes through a pleasant area of woodland with mature Chestnut, Beech and Lime trees.

The path follows a gradual descent downhill.

Gradient The path follows a gradual descent downhill.

The path reaches the far entrance to The Plantation. Follow the line of the hedgerow towards the Canal.

Information The path reaches the far entrance to The Plantation. Follow the line of the hedgerow towards the Canal.

Follow the narrow path, with the hedgerow on your right.

Width Follow the narrow path, with the hedgerow on your right.

Continue another 100 metres until you reach the Canal.

Direction Continue another 100 metres until you reach the Canal.

Look out for a short section of boardwalk.

Direction Look out for a short section of boardwalk.

Go through the squeeze gap in front of you and turn left.

Gate Go through the squeeze gap in front of you and turn left.

An old, and rather overgrown! fingerpost shows direction and distances.

Direction An old, and rather overgrown! fingerpost shows direction and distances.

A long section of the towpath has recently been resurfaced to an excellent standard and provides good access.

Path A long section of the towpath has recently been resurfaced to an excellent standard and provides good access.

After a short distance you will reach the Ellesmere Tunnel (Bridge No. 57) which has a hand rail for guidance.

Feature of Interest After a short distance you will reach the Ellesmere Tunnel (Bridge No. 57) which has a hand rail for guidance.

View from inside the tunnel.

View View from inside the tunnel.

Stay on the towpath towards Blake Mere.

Direction Stay on the towpath towards Blake Mere.

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After a short distance past the tunnel you will reach Blake Mere on your left hand side, with the Canal on your right.

Direction After a short distance past the tunnel you will reach Blake Mere on your left hand side, with the Canal on your right.

View across Blake Mere. Fishing is available here, but a permit is required.

Fishing View across Blake Mere. Fishing is available here, but a permit is required.

Blake Mere is a wonderful place to rest and take in the view.

Seat Blake Mere is a wonderful place to rest and take in the view.

Continue along the towpath with the canal on your right and Blake Mere on your left.

Direction Continue along the towpath with the canal on your right and Blake Mere on your left.

 

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Continue on the towpath and pass Bridge No. 56.

Feature of Interest Continue on the towpath and pass Bridge No. 56.

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The canal widens to make space for narrow boats to change direction.

Information The canal widens to make space for narrow boats to change direction.

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There are several picnic benches along the route.

Seat There are several picnic benches along the route.

Continue along the towpath until you reach bridge No. 55.

Feature of Interest Continue along the towpath until you reach bridge No. 55.

Bridge No. 55.

Feature of Interest Bridge No. 55.

In front of the bridge is a short, but steep section of path. Follow this and turn right at the top. Cross over the bridge on the other side.

Direction In front of the bridge is a short, but steep section of path. Follow this and turn right at the top. Cross over the bridge on the other side.

Continue over the bridge.

Direction Continue over the bridge.

On the opposite side of the lane to this cottage is a gateway into Yell Wood.

Path On the opposite side of the lane to this cottage is a gateway into Yell Wood.

Go through the gateway into Yell Wood. This entrance leads into Cole Mere.

Direction Go through the gateway into Yell Wood. This entrance leads into Cole Mere.

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The Three Meres Walk can be extended by walking around Cole Mere. See the Colemere Phototrail on the Trail Index for more information

Information The Three Meres Walk can be extended by walking around Cole Mere. See the Colemere Phototrail on the Trail Index for more information

Three Meres Walk Phototrail

 

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