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 Cheshire Walks
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Alderley Edge4 miles (7 km)This lovely circular walk explores the beautiful National Trust owned area of Alderley Edge. Starting at Alderley Edge train station you climb to a sandstone escarpment, where there are fabulous over the Cheshire Plain to the Peak District. You return through a delightful wooded area, passing a waterfall, before arriving back at Alderley Edge train station.
Astbury Mere Country Park1 miles (1.6 km)Enjoy a waterside walk around the peaceful Astbury Mere in Congleton, Cheshire. There are wildflower meadows and views across the mere towards Congleton Edge and Mow Cop. The park has a visitor centre, easy access trail and Community Orchard. Astbury is located just a mile west of Congleton town centre.
Baker Way11 miles (18 km)Take a stroll along the Baker Way from Chester to Delamere Forest on this pleasant, varied walk.
The walk starts at Chester railway station and heads east along the Shropshire Union Canal to Rowton. You then leave the canal and head through the countryside to Tarvin which is an excellent place to stop for a pub lunch. The final section of the walk takes you from Tarvin to the lovely Delamere Forest Park where the route finishes at Delamere Station.
This is a pleasant and fairly easy walk with waterside, countryside and woodland sections to enjoy.
Bishop Bennet Way32 miles (52 km)The Bishop Bennet Way is a shared walking and cycling path running from Beeston in Cheshire to Wirswall on the Shropshire borders.
The route starts at the 13th century Beeston Castle and proceeds through Milton Green, Churton and Shocklach where you will pass the Grade I listed Norman church. You continue to Grindley Brook where you cross the Shropshire Union Canal shortly before finishing at Wirswall near Whitchurch.
For cyclists please note that a mountain bike is required for this route as there are some fairly rugged off road sections.
Bollin Valley Way25 miles (40 km)Follow the River Bollin from Macclesfield to Partington on this delightful waterside walk through Greater Manchester and Cheshire.
The walk starts at the Macclesfield Riverside Park and follows the river through Prestbury, Wilmslow, Hale and Bowdon to Partington on the Manchester Ship Canal.
On the route you will pass the 18th century Grade II listed Mottram Hall and National Trust owned Dunham Massey Hall. This Georgian House is set in a magnificent 121-hectare (300-acre) deer park and boasts Britain's largest winter garden.
As well as the River Bollin there are also views of the Bridgwater Canal and a short final section along the Manchester Ship Canal into Partington.
Brereton Heath Country Park1 miles (2 km)Explore 50 acres of silver birch and oak woodland in this country park and nature reserve in Davenport. The park also includes a 15 acre lake, heathland, a wildflower meadow and wetland areas. Look out for woodpeckers, nuthatch, treecreepers, kingfisher, heron, great crested grebe and goldfinch as you make your way through the park.
The Dane Valley Way runs through the park so you could continue your walk along the River Dane towards Holmes Chapel or Congleton.
Bridgewater Way38 miles (61 km)A walk along the Bridgewater canal, through Cheshire, Greater Manchester and on into Lancashire. The route passes Salford, Trafford, Manchester, Warrington and Halton.
When complete the Bridgewater Way will also be open to cyclists.
Cheshire Ring Canal Walk98 miles (158 km)This nice easy walk follows six historic canals through Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Staffordshire.
The canal towpaths you will follow include:
  • Trent and Mersey Canal - Kidsgrove to Preston Brook
  • Bridgewater Canal - Preston Brook to Castlefield
  • Rochdale Canal - Castlefield to Ducie Street
  • Ashton Canal - Ducie Street to Portland Basin
  • Peak Forest Canal - Portland Basin to Marple
  • Macclesfield Canal - Marple to Kidsgrove
The route passes through some lovely, peaceful countryside but also has some urban sections, making for a varied and interesting walk. The route is well waymarked with a blue and white disc.
The videos below show the sections along the Rochdale canal in Manchester and along the Peak Forest Canal at Marple.
Crewe and Nantwich Circular Walk28 miles (45 km)This circular walk takes you through the countryside and villages surrounding Crewe and Nantwich.
You start off at Coppenshall just north of Crewe and first head to Weston. This section takes you past Sandbach Flashes wetlands (good for bird watching) and also the tudor house at Haslington.
From Weston you head towards Acton passing Hough Common, Wybunbury and Austerson. Highlights on this section include Shrewbridge Lake and Dorfold Hall Jacobean mansion. You will also cross the River Weaver and the Shropshire Union Canal.
The final section takes you back to Coppenshall from Acton, passing Henhull and Church Minsall on the way. This section also includes a pleasant section along the towpath of the Shropshire Union Canal.
Dane Valley Way41 miles (66 km)Follow the River Dane through Derbyshire and Cheshire on this fabulous walk from Buxton to Middlewich.
Delamere Way21 miles (34 km)Take a walk along the Delamere Way and visit Delamere Forest Park and the Trent & Mersey Canal.
The path starts in Frodsham and heads south to Delamere Forest with its 2,400 acres of mixed deciduous and evergreen woodland and Blakemere Moss - a lake around 1 km in length.
You then turn north towards Acton Bridge before crossing the River Weaver at Dutton Lock and then the Trent & Mersey Canal shorty after. The final section takes you through Hatton and past Appleton Reservoir before finishing at Stockton Heath in Warrington.
Eddisbury Way17 miles (27 km)Follow the Eddisbury way from Frodsham to Burwardsley on this walk through Cheshire.
You start by the River Weaver at Frodsham and head south to Kelshall, passing through Manley Common and skirting the edge of Delamere Forest. You then head to Duddon before crossing the Shropshire Union Canal and finishing at Burwardsley next to the Peckforton Hills.
Etherow Goyt Valley Way14 miles (22 km)This walk runs from Stockport to Hadfield along the Rivers Goyt and Etherow.
The path starts in Vernon Park on the River Goyt in Stockport and follows the river to Etherow Country Park near Marple. This is a lovely section with a reservoir, woodland and a variety of wildlife to enjoy. The walk then joins the River Etherow following it to Broadbottom and then onto Bottoms Reservoir in Hadfield.
There is a challenging climb near Broadbottom on this route but with fantastic views over the surrounding area.
Gritstone Trail35 miles (56 km)This beautiful, challenging walk runs through the Peak District from Disley to Kidsgrove.
The walk begins at the train station at Disley and soon comes to the wonderful Lyme Park (video below) with its mansion house and Medieval deer park. You continue south passing Bollington before coming to Tegg’s Nose Country Park. The views are truly dramatic from this former quarry site.
The next section takes you on towards Rushton Bank before climbing 'The Cloud' - at 1,125 ft it's a challenging section but the views of Congleton, Macclesfield and Greater Manchester are magnificent.
The path continues to Mow Cop with its ruined castle, before you join the Macclesfield canal and then the Trent and Mersey Canal taking you to Kidsgrove.
Ladybrook Valley Interest Trail10 miles (16 km)This walk follows various brooks from Cheadle to Disley via Hazel Grove.
You start off at Abney Hall Park in Cheadle. The park has lovely grounds and the interesting Abney Hall built in 1847 and makes for a fine start point. From here you follow the Micker Brook to the grand Brammall Hall. Bramall Hall is one of Cheshire's grandest black and white timber-framed Tudor manor houses and also has 70 acres of beautiful parkland. The trail then joins the Lady Brook, following it to Poynton Park in Hazel Grove where you will walk alongside the attractive Poynton Lake. The final section takes you along Norbury Brook to Middlewood, before crossing the Macclesfield Canal and finishing at Disley.
Little Budworth Country Park4 miles (6 km)Explore woodland, lowland heath, ponds and boggy mires in this country park near Winsford. You can follow the Heathland Trail waymarked walk around the park which is mostly flat. The walk also takes you on to Oulton Park which has a large lake, Oulton Hall and Oulton racing track.
Longster Trail9 miles (15 km)The Longster trail runs from Helsby to Chester via the villages of Great Barrow and Guilden Sutton. The path starts on Helsby Hill with great views of the Cathedrals in Liverpool, Beeston Castle and the mountains of North Wales. You then head south west passing Manley Mere, Great Barrow and Guilden Sutton village. The path is named after Frank Longster, a local man who served as chairman of the Mid-Cheshire Footpath Society during the 1970s
Lyme Park5 miles (8.5 km)This is a circular walk through the splendid Lyme Park in Disley, Cheshire. Here you can explore the 1,300 acre estate with its resident deer and enjoy fabulous views of the Peak District. There are also tranquil lakes, peaceful woodland walks and an Edwardian rose garden to enjoy. The park may look familiar as it was used for the BBC production of 'Pride and Prejudice'.
The walk begins at the park gate near Disley train station, before exploring the most attractive areas of the park and returning to the start point.
Macclesfield to Marple - Middlewood Way11 miles (18 km)Follow the Middlewood Way - a lovely off road cycle and walking path running from Macclesfield to Marple and passing by the Macclesfield Canal.
Maelor Way24 miles (38 km)This splendid walk takes you from the Shropshire/Cheshire border into Wales.
The path starts at Grindley Brook near Whitchurch and heads west to Penley in Wales, passing around the pretty Hanmer Mere on the way. You continue to Overton and then Erbistock where you join the River Dee and then the River Ceiriog to Chirk before the final waterside section leads to the finish point at Bronygarth.
This is a beautiful walk through some fabulous English and Welsh countryside. It also has several waterside streches along the two rivers with a stroll along the Llangollen Canal near Chirk to enjoy also.
Marbury Country Park2 miles (3 km)This splendid country park is in a beautiful location in Cheshire. The park contains magnificent Lime avenues, an Arboretum and the delightful Budworth Mere. The Trent & Mersey Canal also runs through the park so there is scope for continuing your walk or cycle here. Marbury is also very close to Dairy House Meadows Park and Anderton Nature Park which are well worth a visit if you have time.
The park is located just to the north of Northwich town centre.
Mersey Valley Timberland Trail22 miles (35 km)This walk runs from Lymm to Runcorn, following the Bridgewater canal for much of the route.
The trail starts off on the canal at Spud Wood just outside Lymm. You then head through the pretty town and around Lymm Dam before rejoining the canal to Appleton Park where the trail takes you alongside Appleton Reservoir. A couple of pleasant woodland sections take you to Daresbury with the final leg passing through Runcorn and finishing on Runcorn Hill
Mersey Way22 miles (35 km)Follow the River Mersey from Warrington to Liverpool on this waterside walk through Cheshire and Merseyside.
The trail is often walked in two stages with the first section running from Warrington to Widnes and passing Paddington Meadows and Victoria Park on the way.
The second stage runs from Widnes to Liverpool, passing the Runcorn-Widnes Bridge and John Lennon airport, before finishing at Garston.
North Cheshire Way70 miles (113 km)Starting at Hooton Station, near Ellesmere Port, follow the North Cheshire Way through Frodsham, Northwich, Knutsford and Wilmslow to the finish point at Disley. Highlights on the walk include:
  • A long riverside section along the River Weaver from Frodsham to Northwich.
  • Tatton Park, near Knutsford. This historical estate contains a mansion, Tatton Hall, a manor house dating from medieval times, Tatton Old Hall, gardens, a farm and a deer park of 2,000 acres.
  • A section alongside Manchester Airport near Wilmslow.
  • Following the River Bollin through the delightful Styal Country Park in Wilmslow
  • The wonderful Lyme Park (video below) with its mansion house and Medieval deer park. This can be found near Disley towards the end of the route
  • Canalside sections along the Shropshire Union Canal and the Maccesfield Canal
The walk is waymarked with a yellow arrow on a black disc.
Sandstone Trail32 miles (51 km)This is a popular walk that runs through Cheshire and Shropshire from Frodsham to Whitchurch.
The path starts in Frodsham and heads south to Delamere Forest with its 2,400 acres of mixed deciduous and evergreen woodland and Blakemere Moss - a lake around 1 km in length.
From Delamere you continue south towards Beeston Castle in Tarporley. With an exhibition detailing 4000 years of the castle's history and 40 acres of woodland trails, Beeston is a major attraction on the walk. Soon after you will come to Peckforton Castle, which is actually a country house built in the style of a medieval castle. It is now used as a luxury hotel.
The path then heads through the lovely Peckforton Hills, passing Bickerton and Hampton Green before joining the towpath of the Shropshire Union Canal to Grindley Brook and then onto the finish point at Whitchurch.
South Cheshire Way34 miles (55 km)This is a splendid walk along canals and through wonderful Shropshire and Cheshire countryside from Grindley Brook, near Whitchurch, to Mow Cop near Congleton.
The walk starts on the Shropshire Union Canal at Grindley Brook and heads to Marbury passing alongside the tranquil Marbury Meres as you go. The next stage takes you towards Wrenbury and then onto Coole Pilate where you cross the Shropshire Union Canal before coming to the excellent 16th century Doddington Hall and Gardens.
The path continues passing Weston and Haslington before joining the Trent & Mersey Canal at Malkin's Bank for some waterside walking. At Thurlwood you leave the canal and head towards Little Moreton Hall. Owned by the National Trust the hall is a moated 15th-century half-timbered manor house. The final section then takes you onto the finish point at Mow Cop finishing near the castle.
Staffordshire Way95 miles (153 km)Travel through Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Worcestershire and enjoy canals, lakes, country parks and a series of pretty towns and villages.
Tatton Park5 miles (8.5 km)Explore the wonderful 1000 acre deer park on this walk or cycle in Knutsford, Cheshire. The route takes you around Tatton Hall, Tatton Mere and the beautiful Italian and Japanese gardens (see video). Also of interest is the rare-breed farm with cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, goats and donkeys to see up close.
Tatton Park was the winner of Cheshire's Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2009 and 2010. Cycles can be hired in the park for reasonable rates.
Tegg's Nose Country Park2 miles (4 km)This lovely country park in Macclesfield has splendid views of the Peak District National Park and the Cheshire plain. You can also see Macclesfield Forest, the summit of Shutlingsloe (the second highest point in Cheshire), the Telecoms Tower on Sutton Common and the Macclesfield Canal.
The landscape includes meadow, moorland and woodland while there is also a waterside section aroung Tegg's Nose Reservoir. The park has a very good Visitors Centre where you can find out details of the cycle and walking routes in the park. Click here to see the Tegg’s Nose to Parkgate cycle route details.
The Gritstone Trail walking route also runs through the park so there is scope for continuing your walk.
Trans Pennine Trail215 miles (346 km)This terrific walking and cycling trail runs from coast to coast across northern England entirely on surfaced paths. It starts on the Yorkshire coast at Hornsea and passes through Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Greater Manchester before finishing on the Merseyside coast at Southport.
Weaver Way40 miles (64 km)Follow the Weaver Way through Cheshire from Audlem to Frodsham on this delightful walk. This route is ideal if you enjoy waterside walking, with long stretches along the Trent and Mersey and Shropshire Union Canals as well as along the River Weaver. Watch out for a variety of wildlife along the way including March hares, Canada Geese and Kingfishers.
Towns on the route include Winsford, Northwich and Nantwich.
Whitegate Way6 miles (10 km)A lovely, short cycle or walk on a disused railway line, running from Cuddington to Winsford through the Cheshire countryside. You'll pass woodland, lakes and the River Weaver while enjoying fabulous views of Cheshire.
Wirral Way12 miles (19 km)This is a terrific walk or cycle ride that runs along a pleasant traffic free path through the Wirral Countryside and along the coast. It follows the track bed of part of the former Birkenhead Railway route from Hooton to West Kirby
You start off at Hooton Railway Station near Ellesemere Port and head towards Neston entering the lovely Wirral Country Park on the way. The path then heads along the beautiful Wirral coastline passing Heswall and Thurstaston before finishing at West Kirby.





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