Shropshire Union

The Shropshire Union Canal runs from the edge of urban Wolverhampton through some of the most under populated areas of England to the River Mersey at Ellesmere Port, about sixty miles in all and taking a fairly leisurely four days to cruise. The scenery is often quite dramatic; with sweeping views across to the Welsh Marches and the strangely shaped ridge called “The Wrekin” from the long embankments and with the atmospheric heavily wooded deep cuttings, a number of which were reputed by the old boat people to be haunted.

People and buildings seem very few and far between yet you are little more than twenty miles from the heavily populated cities of Wolverhampton and Birmingham. There are long vistas across open farmlands towards mid Wales and across to Cheshire and Staffordshire from the high canal embankments.

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