GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Helsby Hill Walk

1 miles (2 km)

Enjoy a climb to Helsby Hill Fort on this short circular walk in Cheshire. The hill is one of the notable landmarks of the area, standing over 450ft above the village of Helsby below. From the summit there are splendid views over the Mersey Estuary, the city of Liverpool and into Wales.
You can start your walk from the Helsby Quarry car park off Alvanley Road, about 1 mile to the south of the hill summit. Then head north, crossing the road before picking up the woodland trails towards the hill top. Here you pick up a section of the North Cheshire Way to take you to the edge of the woodland, before turning around and picking up the Middle Walk trail to take you back down the hill.
Several long distance trails pass Helsby Hill so you can pick any of these up to extend your walk. For example you could follow the Longster Trail south to Harmer's Wood and then on to the pretty Manly Mere where there is an adventure trail to try.
The Sandstone Trail runs just to the east of Helsby. On this trail you can climb to the nearby Woodhouses Hill Fort and then on to Frodsham Hill near Overton. Here you can also link up with the Delamere Way and follow it south east to the expansive Delamere Forest near Kelsall.
The Longster Trail starts on Helsby Hill so this is another good option. The long distance path runs from Helsby to Chester via the villages of Great Barrow and Guilden Sutton.


WA6 9PW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Helsby Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Helsby Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


In the village you can enjoy some post exercise relaxation and refreshment at the Hornsmill pub. They serve a fine Sunday lunch which you can enjoy in the pleasant garden area. You can find them near the hill on the Chester Road at postcode WA6 0JE for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woodland and hill trails are ideal for a dog walk. The Hornsmill mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south you'll find Manley Mere where there's a nice circular trail around the lake. Other attractions include an Aqua Park, watersports and an adventure trail.


Helsby and Frodsham Marshes from Helsby Hill - - 198931

Helsby and Frodsham Marshes from Helsby Hill. By no means the first image for this square, but the first one to show the River Mersey. View looking north from the North Cheshire Way (Helsby footpath 24) east of the summit of Helsby Hill. M56 in the foreground, then Helsby and Frodsham Marshes, with the Lordship Marsh canal deposit dump, before the Mersey in the distance. Note the peregrine falcon - nesting nearby.

View from Helsby Hill - - 250843

View from the hill summit. Ineos Chlor works, River Mersey, Manchester Ship Canal and River Weaver are in shot here.

Sandstone Outcrop on Helsby Hill - - 11579

Sandstone Outcrop on the hill

Helsby Village - - 11574

Helsby Village. As seen from the very steep sandstone hill to the east. Taken from 492755 looking north west, the minor road bridge over the M56 can be seen towards the top of the picture with the radio/telephone mast close by.

Helsby Hill - - 2964405

Looking up to the hill from the west.

Helsby Hill Trig Point - - 3163570

Trig Point

Middle Walk, below Helsby Crag - - 175809

Middle Walk, below Helsby Crag. The woodland on the slopes below the crag is beautiful and Middle Walk runs the length of it half-way up the slope but above the rooftops of the village below.

Helsby Hill 2

Looking north from the hill summit


GPS Files

GPX File

Helsby Hill.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Helsby Hill.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)