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Cheshire Walks

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Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Alderley Edge4 miles (7 km)This lovely circular walk explores the beautiful National Trust owned area of Alderley Edge View Full Details>>
Along the River Dee from Chester to Connah's Quay6 miles (10 km)Follow the River Dee from England into Wales on this easy waterside walk or cycle. The route starts on the England and Wales border at Chester and follows a good riverside path to Connah's Quay in Wales. You'll pass Saltney Bridge and Queensferry Bridge before finishing at Hawarden Bridge at Connah's Quay. View Full Details>>
Astbury Mere Country Park1 miles (1.6 km)Enjoy a waterside walk around the peaceful Astbury Mere in Congleton, Cheshire View Full Details>>
Baker Way11 miles (18 km)Take a stroll along the Baker Way from Chester to Delamere Forest on this pleasant, varied walk. View Full Details>>
Beeston Castle1 miles (1 km)Climb to the ruins of this 13th century castle and enjoy wonderful views over the Cheshire Plain. You can park at the car park on Chapel Road and then follow the nice walking trail up to the castle ruins. From here you can enjoy one of the most spectacular views of any castle in England. You can see across eight counties from thePenninesin the east to the Welsh mountains in the west. There's also an exhibition detailing 4000 years of the castle's history and 40 acres of woodland trails. View Full Details>>
Bickerton Hill and Maiden Castle2 miles (3.5 km)This walk uses part of the Sandstone Trail to visit Maiden Castle Iron Age hill fort and Bickerton Hill. It's a lovely area with the hills covered in pretty heather, bilberry bushes and yellow gorse. You'll reach a height of over 700ft with wonderful views over the Cheshire countryside to enjoy. The area is managed by the National Trust so there are good footpaths and conveniently located car parks. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Bollin Valley Way25 miles (40 km)Follow the River Bollin from Macclesfield to Partington on this delightful waterside walk through Greater Manchester and Cheshire. View Full Details>>
Bosley Cloud2 miles (3.5 km)This short circular walk visits the Bosley Cloud hill, near Congleton, on the edge of the Peak District. The hill stands at 343m (1,125ft) and offers wonderful views over Congleton, Greater Manchester and the surrounding Peak District hills and countryside. View Full Details>>
Bosley Reservoir3 miles (5.5 km)This reservoir in the Cheshire village of Bosley has a nice waterside walking trail running along it's southern and eastern shore. The village has a church dating from the early 15th century with a delightful wildlife garden. It's a short walk from the village to the reservoir with splendid views of the beautiful countryside and rolling hills of the Cheshire Plain. The reservoir also includes a grade II listed horseshoe arch bridge and a valve house built in 1831. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Bulkeley Hill2 miles (2.5 km)Enjoy a walk through these peaceful woods to the Bulkeley Hill viewpoint on this walk in Cheshire. The woods are run by the National Trust and include 12 acres (5 hectares) of semi-natural ancient woodland. You can start the walk from the little village of Bulkeley, following public footpaths to Bulkeley Woods and the Sandstone Trail to the hill top viewpoint. From here there are splendid views over the Cheshire Plain. View Full Details>>
Cheshire Ring Canal Walk98 miles (158 km)This nice easy walk follows six historic canals through Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Staffordshire. View Full Details>>
Chester Canal Walk20 miles (32 km)Follow the route of the old Chester Canal on this waterside walk in Cheshire. The canal route runs for about 20 miles from Chester to Nantwich, passing Waverton, Beeston Castle, Tiverton and Barbridge. Along the way there are lots of pretty locks, nice villages, historic old mills and great views of the countryside of the Cheshire Plain. View Full Details>>
Chester City Circular Walk3 miles (5 km)This varied circular walk takes you to some of the highlights of this attractive Cheshire city. You'll pass along the Shropshire Union Canal, visit the City Walls, stroll through Grosvenor Park and enjoy more waterside paths along the River Dee. It's about a 3 mile walk on flat paths so suitable for all abilities. View Full Details>>
Chester Walls2 miles (3 km)This fine circular walk follows the city walls of the attractive city of Chester. The raised walkway visits a series of interesting historical sites and includes good views over the River Dee and the Shropshire Union Canal. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Dane Valley Way41 miles (66 km)Follow the River Dane through Derbyshire and Cheshire on this fabulous walk from Buxton to Middlewich. View Full Details>>
Delamere Forest3 miles (5 km)Enjoy miles of walking and cycling trails in this 2,400 acre forest on the Cheshire Plain, near Frodsham. View Full Details>>
Delamere Way21 miles (34 km)Take a walk along the Delamere Way and visit Delamere Forest Park and the Trent & Mersey Canal. View Full Details>>
Eddisbury Way17 miles (27 km)Follow the Eddisbury way from Frodsham to Burwardsley on this walk through Cheshire. View Full Details>>
Errwood Reservoir and Fernilee Reservoir4 miles (6 km)Enjoy some lovely waterside walking along these two reservoirs in the Goyt Valley area of the Peak District. The walk starts from the Erwood Hall Car Park at the southern end of Erwood Reservoir but you could also start the walk at Buxton and follow the Midshires Way to the reservoirs. The route follows good footpaths along the western side of the two reservoirs before following the River Goyt to Fernilee. You can return the same way or follow the Midshires Way through the woodland above the reservoirs. It's a beautiful area with the water surrounded by attractive woodland and the river feeding into Fernilee Reservoir at the northern end. View Full Details>>
Etherow Goyt Valley Way14 miles (22 km)This walk runs from Stockport to Hadfield along the Rivers Goyt and Etherow. View Full Details>>
Frodsham Hill3 miles (5 km)Climb to this prominent hill on the Mid-Cheshire Ridge on this lovely walk in Cheshire. Frodsham or Overton Hill stands at a height of 500 feet (152 metres) offering fabulous views over the Cheshire Plain and the Mersey estuary. The walk also visits Woodhouses Iron Age Hillfort which is protected as aScheduled Ancient Monument. View Full Details>>
Gritstone Trail35 miles (56 km)This beautiful, challenging walk runs through the Peak District from Disley to Kidsgrove. View Full Details>>
Helsby Hill1 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. View Full Details>>
Jodrell Bank Arboretum1 miles (1 km)The Jodrell Bank telescope is an iconic structure located near Holmes Chapel in Cheshire. As well as a fascinating discovery centre there is also a pretty 35 acre arboretum with lovely walking trails. Trees include crab apple andthe mountain ashSorbusspecies. There is also a small-scale modelof thesolar system and great views of the famous Lovell telescope. View Full Details>>
Ladybrook Valley Interest Trail10 miles (16 km)This walk follows various brooks from Cheadle to Disley via Hazel Grove. View Full Details>>
Little Budworth Country Park4 miles (6 km)Explore woodland, lowland heath, ponds and boggy mires in this country park near Winsford View Full Details>>
Llangollen Canal49 miles (79 km)Enjoy a waterside walk or cycle along the Llangollen Canal. The canal runs from Llangollen in Wales toHurleston near Nantwich in Cheshire. You can walk along the canal towpath from start to finish, while cyclists can enjoy the section from Llangollen to Chirk using National Cycle Network routes 85 and 84. This first section starts at the wonderful Horseshoe Falls just to the west of Llangollen. You then head through Llangollen to the wonderful Pontcysyllte Aqueduct where the canalis carried over the valley of theRiver Dee. The magnificent structure is the longest and highest aqueduct inBritainand aWorld Heritage Site. There are wonderful views of the Dee valley and up to the medieval Castell Dinas Bran from this major highlight on the route. You can explore the Aqueduct by clicking on the google street view link below. View Full Details>>
Longster Trail9 miles (15 km)The Longster trail runs from Helsby to Chester via the villages of Great Barrow and Guilden Sutton View Full Details>>
Lud's Church3 miles (5 km)This walk visits the fascinating deep chasm of Lud's Church on the edge of the Staffordshire Peak District. It's a lovely place for a walk with nice views of the Dane Valley and woodland trails through Forest Wood and Gradbach Wood near the chasm. View Full Details>>
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'. View Full Details>>
Lymm Dam1 miles (1.5 km)Enjoy an easy waterside walk around this pretty lake in the Cheshire village of Lymm. The beautiful still waters of the lake are surrounded by attractive woodland with well maintained paths to follow. There is usually plenty of roadside parking around the dam and an ice cream van for refreshments. View Full Details>>
Macclesfield Canal26 miles (42 km)Follow the towpath of the Macclesfield Canal from Marple to Kidsgrove on this waterside walk in Cheshire. Along the way there's lots of interesting lock structures, old bridges, pretty villages, nice pubs and great views of the surrounding Cheshire countryside. The 27 mile canal runs from Marple in Greater Manchester to Kidsgrove in Staffordshire, where it links with the Trent and Mersey Canal. View Full Details>>
Macclesfield Forest and Trentabank Reservoir3 miles (4.5 km)This circular walk explores Macclesfield Forest and also pays a visit to the pretty Trentabank Reservoir on the western edge of thePeak District. View Full Details>>
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 View Full Details>>
Maelor Way24 miles (38 km)This splendid walk takes you from the Shropshire/Cheshire border into Wales. View Full Details>>
Marbury Country Park2 miles (3 km)This splendid country park is in a beautiful location in Northwich, 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. View Full Details>>
Mersey Valley Timberland Trail22 miles (35 km)This walk runs from Lymm to Runcorn, following the Bridgewater canal for much of the route. View Full Details>>
Mersey Way22 miles (35 km)Follow the River Mersey from Warrington to Liverpool on this waterside walk through Cheshire and Merseyside. View Full Details>>
Mow Cop1 miles (1.5 km)Visit Mow Cop Castle and the Old Man of Mow on this short circular walk on the Cheshire–Staffordshireborder. The castle sits in an elevated position above the village with wonderful views over the surrounding Staffordshire countryside and the Cheshire Plain. The 18th century folly is a well know landmark positioned 355m above sea level and visible for miles around. The walk also visits the Old Man of Mow - an interesting 65ft rock formation just to the north of the castle. Near here is a triangulation pillar and more great views to enjoy. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Northwich5 miles (8 km)A lovely circular walk around Northwich, taking in the River Weaver, the Trent and Mersey Canal and several parks including the splendid Marbury Country Park. The route explores the Northwich Community Woodlands,an area of countryside with 11km (7 miles) of cycling and walking paths. View Full Details>>
Parkgate Circular Walk3 miles (5 km)This fine circular walk explores the village of Parkgate on the River Dee estuary. It's a splendid place for a stroll with great views across the marshes and a wide variety of birdlife to look out for. This includes huge numbers of wildfowl and waders. Keep your eyes peeled for grey herons, egrets, peregrine falcon, merlin, hen harrier and short eared owl. View Full Details>>
Peckforton Castle and Peckforton Hills5 miles (8.5 km)Explore the Peckforton Castle Estate and the Peckforton Hills on this walk in Cheshire. The walk makes use of the Sandstone Trail to take you along woodland trails with great views of the surrounding Cheshire countryside from the elevated Sandstone Ridge. If you head north along the ridge you could also visit the ruins of the 13th century Beeston Castle. It's a short climb with fabulous views over the beautiful countryside of the Cheshire Plain. View Full Details>>
Rivacre Valley Country Park2 miles (2.5 km)Enjoy woodland walking trails and beautiful meadows in this country park and nature reserve in Ellesmere Port. In the spring there are carpets of bluebells and bright yellow celandines to enjoy. You can also stroll along the Rivacre Brook and look out for a variety of wildlife. View Full Details>>
Rostherne Mere1 miles (1 km)Visit this pretty natural lake in the village of Rostherne, Cheshire. The area is a designated nature reserve where you can look out for a variety of wildfowl on the water. The reserve has no public access but there is a public footpath and viewpoint to the west of the mere. This is on Rostherne Lane and is shown on the google street view link below. It's an attractive area with the peaceful mere surrounded by woodland and countryside. Bring your binoculars and look out for cormorants, great crested grebe, tufted duck, pochard,goldeneye,tealandwigeon. View Full Details>>
Sandstone Trail32 miles (51 km)This is a popular walk that runs through Cheshire and Shropshire from Frodsham to Whitchurch. View Full Details>>
Sankey Valley Park2 miles (4 km)Enjoy a super, waterside cycle or walk in this country park in Warrington. The valley follows the course of Sankey Brook and the now disusedSankey Canal. The park also contains children's play areas, a maze and a lawned area for families. There is also ameadow, maturewoodlandand awetland nature reserve with a variety of birdlife. View Full Details>>
Shining Tor and Cats Tor6 miles (10 km)Climb to the highest point in Cheshire on this wonderful walk in the Goyt Valley. View Full Details>>
Shropshire Union Canal66 miles (106 km)Travel from the ourskirts of Wolverhampton to Ellesmere Port on this long distance waterside walk along the Shropshire Union Canal. View Full Details>>
Shutlingsloe3 miles (5 km)Enjoy fabulous views over Cheshire on this climb to Shutlingsloe Hill in the Peak District. The walk starts from the Trentabank Reservoir car park and follows a footpath through Macclesfield Forest to Shutlingsloe, passing Nessit Hill on the way. There is quite a steep path to the506m (1,660ft) summit but you will be rewarded with splendid views of the surrounding Peak District scenery. You can return on the same path or descend to Wildboarclough and return on country lanes to make it a circular walk. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Stanney Woods1 miles (2 km)Enjoy a series of woodland trails in this country park and nature reserve in Ellesmere Port View Full Details>>
Styal Country Park5 miles (8.5 km)Explore the extensive, National Trust owned Styal Estate on this walk in Wilmslow, Cheshire. You can stroll along the River Bollin, through the peaceful woodland to the pretty Styal village. The cottages and barns of the village were built in the 1820s for the workers at QuarryBank Mill. The cotton mill was built in 1784, and powered by Europe's most powerful working waterwheel on the banks of the River Bollin. Experts at the mill will provide you with an excellent history of the cotton industry and workings and machinery of the mill. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Three Shires Head4 miles (6 km)Explore this beautiful section of the Dane Valley and enjoy rivers, old stone bridges and waterfalls on this lovely walk in the Peak District. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Trent and Mersey Canal95 miles (153 km)Follow the Trent and Mersey Canal through Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire on this long distance waterside walk. View Full Details>>
Two Saints Way92 miles (148 km)Travel through Cheshire and Staffordshire on this wonderful long distance walking trail. The 92 mile pilgrimage route runs from Chester to Lichfield, passing through Nantwich, Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. It is named after the saints St WerburghandSt Chad, Saxon saints who brought Christianity from Northumbria to the ancient kingdom of Mercia in the seventh century. It runs between St Werburgh's shrine at Chester to St Chad's shrine at Lichfield. The route is typically completed in the following four sections: View Full Details>>
Warrington9 miles (15 km)This circular walk around Warrington includes nice waterside stretches along the River Mersey, the Woolston Cut Canal and the Manchester Ship Canal. There's also a visit to some pretty local parks and nature reserves. View Full Details>>
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 Canal 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. View Full Details>>
White Nancy2 miles (3.5 km)This walk climbs to unusual structure of White Nancy overlooking the town of Bollington in Cheshire. The folly is in the shape of a small domed sugar loaf and thought to have been built in 1817 by Colonel Gaskell as a monument to the Battle of Waterloo. View Full Details>>
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 View Full Details>>
Windgather Rocks6 miles (10 km)This walk visits this interesting gritstonecrag which is popular with rock climbers. There are fascinating geological rock formations and wonderful views over the Peak District to enjoy. View Full Details>>
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 coastal estuary of theRiver Dee. It follows the track bed of part of the former Birkenhead Railway route from Hooton to West Kirby. View Full Details>>

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