Connect2 Crewe to Nantwich Greenway
Comments from users
“I use the path almost every working day and can I say it’s fantastic for me as a cyclist, not only do I feel 100% safer, the surroundings of open views to the fields and a high hedge obscuring the traffic makes the journey really enjoyable”
“I use this path for my daily commute, there are significant advantages for me:
- Good for my health (lose weight, sociable, eases stress levels)
- Good on my pocket (less impact on my vehicle and the ever increasing fuel costs).”
About the route
The Connect2 Crewe to Nantwich Greenway, a rural promenade between the two towns. The Greenway offers a traffic-free route along the A530 corridor, offering views to the countryside and providing an attractive path for both leisure and for commuting. The 5 mile long Greenway will take you only 30 minutes to cycle.
The route provides links to shops, schools and major employment areas as well as places of interest along the way. The route connects Nantwich Riverside Park and town centre with the Barony Park, Sainsbury’s, Alvaston Business Park, Alvaston Hall, the Rising Sun on Wistaston Green Road, Valley Brook, King George V Playing Fields, Queens Park, Tipkinder Park and on towards Crewe town centre.
A feature of the Greenway is a specially commissioned portrait bench, featuring 3 life-sized local heroes – a Railwayman, a Roundhead Soldier and a Roman Soldier.
The portrait bench is located next to the Alvaston Hall Hotel access road and provides an ideal location for a picnic, rest stop or simply an opportunity to take in the splendid views across the local green fields and countryside.
A leaflet is available explaining the characters depicted on the Portrait Bench (PDF, 1.5MB).
The route has a sealed surface throughout and is open to walkers and cyclists. The central part between Sainsbury’s roundabout and the Rising Sun is also open to horse riders.
Both Nantwich and Crewe are served by bus and rail services, for details ring Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 (Calls cost 12p per minute plus network extras). Lines are open 8am – 8pm, every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
There are a great range of cafes, pubs and restaurants in both Nantwich and Crewe town centres, and along the route.
The Connect2 Project Background
Connect2 is a nationwide sustainable transport project which aims to get people to make their everyday journeys by foot or bike. The Connect2 Crewe to Nantwich Greenway was delivered by Cheshire East Council using the Big Lottery Fund via Sustrans, and with the support of the Connect2 Stakeholder Group, landowners, local community groups and many other partners.
Connect2 won the The People’s £50 Million Lottery Giveaway in December 2007 after a TV series of the same name asked for people to vote for either the Connect2 bid or three other national bids competing against it. The huge efforts of the people in Cheshire who voted for Sustrans’ Connect2 bid will benefit many, as Sustrans invest in walking and cycling UK-wide for healthy and a more sustainable future.
For more details on the 14,000 miles of walking and cycling routes making up the National Cycle Network visit the Sustrans website.
For more ideas on exploring the Cheshire East countryside visit the Discover Cheshire website.