Dane Valley Way
Follow the River Dane through Derbyshire and Cheshire on this fabulous walk from Buxton to Middlewich.
Highlights on the route include the wonderful Three Shires Head where the counties of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire meet. Here you will find pretty waterfalls, pools and an old packhorse bridge. Near here you will pass the fascinating deep mossy chasm of Lud's Church. The route also passes through the attractive town of Buxton and the delightful Buxton Country Park.
Near Congleton there's also the lovely Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve. There's a pretty lake and an abundance of wildlife to see here.
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Near Congleton you could stop off at the excellent Swettenham Arms. The 16th century country inn includes a lovely lavender garden where you can enjoy fine food on a summer day. You can find them in Swettenham village at postcode CW12 2LF for your sat navs.
In Holmes Chapel there's the George & Dragon. They serve high quality food from the conservatory restaurant, while outside there's a lovely terrace garden for warmer days. You can find them on Middlewich Road at postcode CW4 7EA.
At Middlewich there's the splendidly located Kings Lock Inn. There's an unusual and charming interior with a bar built in the shape of a narrowboat, closely resembling the one at The Shroppie Fly at Audlem. There's also a nice garden area outside where you can sit and watch the boats go by on a summer day. You can find them on 1 Booth Lane with a postcode of CW10 0JJ for your sat navs.
At Cheshire based Wincle there's the Ship Inn to visit. The historic pub dates all the way back to the 16th century and has a cosy interior with fires to warm yourself by during the colder months. In the summer you can sit outside in the little beer garden. There's a good menu and decent selection of ales at this fine village pub. You can find the Ship at Barlow Hill, Wincle with a postcode of SK11 0QE for your sat navs. Near here you can also visit the excellent Wincle brewery. The site includes a small shop and tasting room where you can sample some of the 'eccentric' ales brewed here.