We are an oasis for the weary traveller and regularly play host to walkers who call in and refresh themselves after a trek around the surrounding countryside.
There are many walks available in the locality. Ask at the pub for a leaflet about a walk from our door. Don’t forget to close all gates behind you. And always take care near water!
Out & About
There are many places of interest in Cheshire West & Chester and the surrounding areas.
There are some good walks that can begin and end at the pub, or you could start elsewhere and call at the Leigh for some refreshment along the way perhaps? We will put some walks online for more information soon.
Perhaps you are planning a day trip by road? We are located on the main A49 trunk road about ten minutes (heading south toward Whitchurch) from junction ten of the M56 motorway. There are plenty of places to visit just a short drive from us.
The world famous Anderton Boat Lift is a short ride away by car. This connects the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal via a masterpiece of engineering first completed in 1875. The lift closed in 1983 as it fell into disrepair, but has now been restored to its former glory and a new visitor centre complements the restoration work.
We have many visitors at the Leigh who arrive by boat. The Pub lies between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal. The Black Prince hire boat base at Bartington is about a quarter of a mile from the Leigh Arms. From here you can hire boats for short break or longer holidays. Fancy a different day out? You could hire the day boat and end the trip with a meal at the Leigh, ideal for that special occasion.
“Davenports” is across the road near the boatyard and sells home-made and organic produce. The nearest supermarkets and shops are in the village of Weaverham. This is about 30 minutes walk away.
If wildlife is your thing, the Vale Royal Falconry Centre (www.valeroyalfalconry.com/) is only a short hop away (about 15 minutes walk along the River Weaver or 5 minutes by car). You will need to book your visit there in advance though.
Other towns are within easy reach by road. For local bus services see location pages. Acton Bridge railway station is on the west coast main line and services to Crewe and Liverpool run from here. See location pages. A little further away you can find the Cheshire Oaks shopping & entertainment centre, the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port, Blakemere Craft Centre and the City of Chester.
Note that there may be planned works on the canal tow path in the area. For more information see the Canal and River Trust website: canalrivertrust.org.uk