The Whitegate Way, Cheshire :: Shared Description

The Whitegate Way is a 10km long traffic-free cycle route using the trackbed of the former Winsford branch of the Cheshire Lines railway which ran from a junction on the Chester to Manchester line near Cuddington, to Winsford and Over, with a single stop at Whitegate, hence the name.

The line opened on 1 July 1870 and was principally used for freight to and from the numerous salt works in the Winsford area. There was only ever a limited passenger service, which ceased on 1 January 1931. Whitegate station closed to all traffic in November 1963, and the whole line in February 1968.

Unlike many 1960s branch line closures, local people were quick to reclaim the route as a footpath, so although some of the bridges have been dismantled the line did not get built on until the last few hundred metres at the Winsford end. The site of Winsford and Over station at SJ653664 has only recently (2016) been occupied by a new housing development. There is a photo of the station after closure on Flickr at LinkExternal link

The trackbed is now open with "permitted bridleway" status from close to the original junction near Cuddington SJ591711 to the site of the Winsford and Over terminus near the River Weaver SJ653664. The eastern section, from the site of the former Whitegate Station at SJ614679 to Bradford Road north of Winsford at SJ652678, forms part of National Cycle Network route 71. The former station building at Whitegate is now a cafe, and there is a public car park at the terminus of the route in Winsford at SJ651667.

The LMS's terminal station in Winsford, called Over and Wharton, lasted longer as a passenger station (until 1947) and the branch off the West Coast Main Line was still in industrial use until 1991, but its route is now part of the town's ring road. The town is still served by rail, but only by a station on the West Coast Main Line a mile away where local trains from Crewe to Liverpool still call.
by Stephen Craven
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SJ6167 : Steps to a picnic bench by Stephen Craven
SJ6267 : Start of a long straight by Stephen Craven
SJ6467 : Flailing in progress on the Whitegate Way by Stephen Craven
SJ6167 : Load gauging arch at Whitegate  by Stephen Craven
SJ6566 : Car Park for the Whitegate Way by Stephen Craven
SJ6467 : Whitegate Way at Catsclough Crossing by Stephen Craven
SJ6467 : Whitegate Way approaching Catsclough Crossing by Stephen Craven
SJ6167 : Platform of the former Whitegate station by Stephen Craven
SJ6068 : Whitegate Way west of Totties Hall by Stephen Craven
SJ6567 : Falk's Junction by Stephen Craven
SJ6467 : Whitegate Way looking east at Catsclough by Stephen Craven
SJ6467 : Cyclist on the Whitegate Way by Stephen Craven
SJ6168 : Replacement bridge at the former Whitegate Station by Stephen Craven
SJ6567 : Whitegate Way north of Wades Lane by Stephen Craven
SJ6168 : Whitegate Way near Nova Scotia by Stephen Craven
SJ6367 : Whitegate Way west of Grange Lane by Stephen Craven
SJ6566 : Eastern end of Whitegate Way by Stephen Craven
SJ6467 : Dog walkers on the Whitegate Way by Stephen Craven
SJ6367 : Access path to the Whitegate Way by Stephen Craven
SJ6267 : Four birches by Stephen Craven
SJ6167 : Whitegate station carpark by Stephen Craven
SJ6267 : Bridge over Dalefords Lane by Stephen Craven
SJ6566 : Whitegate Way parallel to Bradford Road by Stephen Craven
SJ6267 : Bridge over the road near Marton Hall by Stephen Craven
SJ6068 : Cyclist on the Whitegate Way by Stephen Craven

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Created: Sun, 19 Nov 2017, Updated: Sun, 19 Nov 2017

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