GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Malpas Walks

11 miles (17.3 km)

This Cheshire based market town is a fine place for a stroll with a number of historic buildings including a significant 14th century church and several picturesque timber framed properties. The town is also surrounded by some lovely Cheshire countryside with the Shropshire Union Canal also not far away. Malpas is located a few miles north west of Whitchurch.
This circular walk from the town uses sections of the Marches Way and the Bishop Bennet Way to explore the countryside and villages surrounding the settlement. These two long distance waymarked trails are a good way to explore the area.
The walk starts in the town and first heads east along the Marches Way to the Maltkiln and Bell o' th' Hill. At this eastern end of the walk you could take a small detour to visit the Shropshire Union Canal around Tushingham.
Near Bell o' th' Hill you pick up the Bishop Bennet Way and follow it west past Wigland Hall and Wellmeadow Wood to Lower Wych. Here you turn north and follow country lanes to Oldcastle Heath and Cuddington Heath before returning to Malpas.

Postcode

SY14 8NE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Malpas OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Malpas Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Malpas

  • Cholmondeley - This walk visits the Cholmondeley Castle estate, located in the village of Cholmondeley near Malpas in Cheshire.
  • Bickerton Hill and Maiden Castle - This walk uses part of the Sandstone Trail to visit Maiden Castle Iron Age hill fort and Bickerton Hill
  • Peckforton Castle and Peckforton Hills - Explore the Peckforton Castle Estate and the Peckforton Hills on this walk in Cheshire
  • Bulkeley Hill - Enjoy a walk through these peaceful woods to the Bulkeley Hill viewpoint on this walk in Cheshire
  • Sandstone Trail - This is a popular walk that runs through Cheshire and Shropshire from Frodsham to Whitchurch.
    The path starts in Frodsham and heads south to Frodsham Hill with lovely views over the Cheshire Plain and the Mersey Estuary
  • Tattenhall - This Cheshire village is in a great location for exploring the Shropshire Union Canal and the woodland and countryside of the Cheshire Plain.
  • Wrenbury - This attractive village in Cheshire includes a conservation area with a number of historic properties including an early 16th century church overlooking the pretty village green
  • Whitchurch Canal Walk - Enjoy an easy waterside walk along the Llangollen Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal, from Whitchurch to Marbury
  • Comber Mere - Comber Mere Abbey is surrounded by some beautiful parkland, woodland, lakes and gardens

Pubs/Cafes

The Lion is a fine place for some well earned rest and refreshment after your exercise. The quintessentially British Inn serves high quality food from an extensive menu and also provides rooms if you'd like to stay in the area. You can find them on Old Hall Street at postcode SY14 8NE for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The country trails make for a fine dog walk and the Lion mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the north east you'll find the neighbouring village of Cholmondeley where you can explore the 19th century Cholmondeley Castle. The castle is surrounded by 70 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens with an arboretum, herbaceous borders and a fine viewpoint to enjoy

Photos

Town Centre, Malpas - geograph.org.uk - 724815

Town Centre, Malpas. Looking northwards along the Roman Road from the steps of the cross. The black and white building on the right is the Victoria Jubilee Hall, dated 1887

Church View, Malpas

Church View, Malpas. St Oswald's church in the town is a noteworthy ancient church with a fine bossed ceiling, Flemish window panels, and a magnificent 13th century oak chest. The church also contains a 15th century octagonal stone font and choir stalls with carved misericords. It stands on the highest point in the town. Near the site is aNormanmotte and baileycastle. The church is a GradeIlisted buildingand recognised as being one of the best examples in Cheshire of a late 15th to early 16th-century church

Footpath to Malpas - geograph.org.uk - 441060

Footpath to Malpas

Mere near The Lees - geograph.org.uk - 323789

Mere near The Lees. This small fenced mere was one of several small meres south of The Lees, visible from the lane to Bradley Brook. It does not appear to be marked on the OS Pathfinder and might be artificial. The structure on the left was probably a silo. The elevation in the distance is typical of the area to the east of Malpas, which is less flat than much of the Cheshire plain

Tushingham cum Grindley - cottage on the Bishop Bennet Way - geograph.org.uk - 219023

Tushingham cum Grindley - cottage on the Bishop Bennet Way. Tushingham cum Grindley. Cottage on the Bishop Bennet Way (Tushingham bridleway 20) at its junction with footpath 12 and the ORPA from the Blue Bell pub at Bell o'th' Hill.

Tushingham - view from the Bishop Bennet Way - geograph.org.uk - 219041

Tushingham - view from the Bishop Bennet Way. Tushingham cum Grindley. View from the Bishop Bennet Way (TG 12). Looking west across Cheshire's deep south towards the Welsh hills, barely visible in the distant haze.

The Bishop Bennet Way at Oldcastle Heath (geograph 4395002)

The Bishop Bennet Way at Oldcastle Heath

Lake at Newton Hall - geograph.org.uk - 232789

Lake at Newton Hall

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