GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Holmes Chapel Walks - Near and Around

5 miles (8.8 km)

This Cheshire based village has some nice riverside trails and a local country park to visit.
This walk takes you along the Dane Valley Way to the nearby Swettenham Meadows Nature Reserve and the Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve.
The walk starts on the river to the north of the village. Here you can pick up the waymarked footpath and follow it east, passing Hermitage Bridge, the Grade II listed Twemlow Viaduct, Bowshot Wood and Greenhey Wood before coming to the village of Swettenham. Near here you'll pass the Swettenham Meadows Nature Reserve on the SwettenhamBrook. It's an important site for flora and fauna with Common spotted orchidandmarsh orchidthriving in the wet flushes of the variable grassland.In the warmer months it's also great for butterflies with species includingsmall skipper,common blue,small copperandorange tipbutterflies.
You then head south, passing Davenport Hall before arriving at Brereton Heath. The nature reserve is a lovely place for a stroll with woodland trails, a lake and lots of wildlife to look out for. After exploring the reserve the route returns to the village on the same paths.

Holmes Chapel OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Holmes Chapel Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Holmes Chapel

  • 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 andStaffordshiremeet
  • Brereton Heath Country Park - Explore 50 acres of silver birch and oak woodland in this country park and nature reserve in Davenport
  • Jodrell Bank Arboretum - The Jodrell Bank telescope is an iconic structure located near Holmes Chapel in Cheshire
  • Astbury Mere Country Park - Enjoy a waterside walk around the peaceful Astbury Mere in Congleton, Cheshire
  • Macclesfield Canal - Follow the towpath of the Macclesfield Canal from Marple to Kidsgrove on this waterside walk in Cheshire
  • Congleton - This Cheshire based town is great for waterside walking with a delightful local mere and canalside paths to enjoy
  • Redesmere Lake - This easy walk visits the pretty Redesmere Lake and the adjacent Capesthorne Hall around Siddington in Cheshire
  • Trent and Mersey Canal - Follow the Trent and Mersey Canal through Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire on this long distance waterside walk
  • Middlewich - This Cheshire based town has some nice waterside walks along the two canals and the river which flow through the area
  • Swettenham - This walk starts from the popular Swettenham Arms pub in Cheshire.
  • Lower Peover - This Cheshire based village is located in a pleasant rural spot close to Knutsford and Northwich.
  • Shakerley Mere - A short and easy walk around the pretty Shakerley Mere in the Goostrey area of Cheshire.


In the village the George & Dragon is a good choice for post refreshment. 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.
On the route you could stop off in Swettenham and visit the noteworthy 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 at postcode CW12 2LF for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The country and woodland trails make for a fine dog walk. At Brereton Heath please keep them under close control because of the wildlife. The George & Dragon mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To the north of the village you'll find one of the highlights of the area at the Jodrell Bank Arboretum. You can learn all about the famous telescope in the discovery centre and enjoy a stroll around the pretty 35 acre arboretum.
Head south east into nearby Congleton and there's some lovely waterside walks to be found at Astbury Mere Country Park and the Macclesfield Canal.
If you head west along the Dane Valley Way it will take you to Sproston Green and Middlewich where you can pick up the towpath of the Trent and Mersey Canal.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cheshire Walks page.


Holmes Chapel, church tower - - 1469096

Holmes Chapel, church tower. Looking up London Road towards the tower of St. Luke's Parish Church, at the junction with Knutsford Road.

Bridge over the River Dane - - 1289702

Bridge over the River Dane. A stone plaque on the downstream side of the bridge reads "Tho. Hall Ironmaster 1707". The walk from Twemlow Viaduct along the Dane is very pleasant.

The Twemlow Viaduct 1 - - 1083009

The Twemlow Viaduct 1. An impressive structure with 23 arches spanning the shallow Dane valley to the west of Holmes Chapel.

Dane Valley Way - - 1446685

Dane Valley Way. Five bar gate on the Dane Valley footpath. The Dane Valley Way runs from Buxton to Middlewich, a distance of approximately 40 miles.

Lavender and Sunflower Meadow, Swettenham Arms

Lavender and Sunflower Meadow, Swettenham Arms

Dane valley - - 1289568

Dane valley

Looking towards the meadow across the lake - - 1738426

Looking towards the meadow across the lake at Brereton Heath. This view across the lake on Brereton Heath Country Park was taken from near the visitor centre and looks over towards the meadow area. Taken on a lovely day in early March, there was just a very slight breeze to disturb the water surface. The lake itself is man-made and was created after a silica sand quarry closed down.

Cottages in Holmes Chapel - - 1287252

Cottages in Holmes Chapel


GPS Files

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