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10 Walks in Cheshire this Autumn

10 Walks in Cheshire this Autumn

Wide open spaces and idyllic backdrops, escape to the Cheshire countryside this autumn. Crisp air, falling leaves and vibrant colours; autumn is a time for the winding down of the summer and the beauty of the seasons changing. Our team of local ramblers have created a list of walks showcasing some truly stunning locations to explore. #EscapeTheEveryday

1. Delamere Forest 

Explore the beauty of Cheshire’s largest woodland area this autumn. Delamere Forest is an ideal place to go for a walk, with 6 waymarked paths. There are dry sandstone paths, lots of mature pines to shade or shelter under depending upon the weather and the flooded forest of Blakemere that attracts birds to watch. With the addition of the gorgeous autumnal foliage, Delamere is the perfect place to unwind and get back in touch with nature.

2. Mow Cop

This autumn, explore East Cheshire’s southernmost outcrop of sandstone grit on a brisk walk around Mow Cop. Take in some vibrant woodland and stunning views, in particular the Mow Cop Folly – a mock tower built in the 18th Century to enhance the view of the newly constructed Rode Hall, about 3 miles away on the edge of the Cheshire plain. Surround yourself with both fascinating history and haunting scenery on this energetic autumnal walk.

3. Marbury Country Park 

Wander through the stunning woodlands, grand open spaces and gaze over the beautiful mere at Marbury Country Park this autumn. You can also explore the arboretum and community orchard and children can enjoy the play area, close to the picnic area. Many of the features of the Country Park, including the lime avenues and the arboretum, are a legacy of the days when Marbury was a grand estate. The last hall, built in the 1850s, was a fine looking house modelled on the French chateau at Fontainebleu, with an imposing carriage drive entrance. What’s more is you’re only a stone’s throw away from Anderton Nature Park and Anderton Boat Lift – why not make a day of it?

4. Macclesfield Forest 

Macclesfield Forest is a popular walking location, and it’s no surprise why. With lush woodland and stunning reservoirs, Macclesfield Forest makes for a truly beautiful autumnal day out. The forest has a herd of red deer and various other wildlife which you may encounter on a visit. The reservoirs are home to many species of wildfowl and Trentabank is home to the largest heronry in the Peak District.

5. Arley Hall 

Arley Hall & Gardens is one of the most interesting and attractive stately homes in the North West. The Gardens, which are amongst the finest in Britain, are outstanding for their vitality, variety and historical interest and are particularly celebrated for the magnificent double herbaceous border. The Hall is an impressive example of a Victorian country house built in the Elizabethan style. This autumn take in this stunning scenery and venture further afield to the beautiful village of Great Budworth, with its historic estate cottages on this great Cheshire walk.

6. The Sandstone Trail 

An extremely popular route amongst ramblers, if you’re looking for a great day’s walk with glorious views of Cheshire this autumn, look no further than Cheshire’s famous Sandstone Trail. Follow the ridge of sandstone that rises dramatically from the Cheshire plain. The trail links the towns of Frodsham and Whitchurch and has been split into three sections of 18 or 19km or about 11miles which most people should find an enjoyable day’s walk.

7. Tatton Park 

A must-see in Cheshire this autumn is Tatton Park. Explore the award-winning gardens and take a walk through the magnificent grounds. Herds of red and fallow deer roam freely in 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of parkland whilst the meres, woodlands and rough grassland provide a perfect habitat for wildlife. The parkland is a stunning setting to see autumnal colours and fascinating wildlife.

8. Helsby Hill and Woodhouse Hillfort

Delve into Cheshire history this autumn, exploring two of Cheshire’s prehistoric hilltop enclosures while also being amongst some of Cheshire’s most beautiful countryside. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the rocky summit of Helsby Hill with its ancient defences, before crossing the valley to the tumbled ramparts of Woodhouse hilltop enclosure, high on the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge. Combining lush hillside woodland and awe-inspiring views, Helsby Hill is a perfect option for those wanting to explore Cheshire this autumn.

9. The Whitegate Way 

Once the site of a historic rail link for Cheshire’s salt industry, the Whitegate Way is now a haven for wildlife and a perfect choice for an autumnal walk. Stretching for six miles (10km) from the heart of Winsford to Cuddington, the Way offers easy walking for all ages along a varied route. Shady wooded cuttings contrast with open embankments offering spectacular views across the Cheshire countryside.

10. Tegg's Nose 

This autumn take a walk through some of East Cheshire’s most stunning landscapes at Tegg's Nose Country Park. The site of a former millstone quarry dating back to the 16th Century, Tegg's Nose overlooks nearby Macclesfield Forest and across to the summit of Shutlingsloe, which is the second highest point in Cheshire, as well as the Telecoms Tower on Sutton Common and the Macclesfield Canal. From this walk you will be able to enjoy exhilarating views over the Cheshire plain and steeply sided valleys. With moorlands, meadows, an abundance of plant and wildlife, this historic site has everything you will need for a wonderful autumnal walk.

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  1. Delamere Forest Walkways

    Northwich

    Delamere Forest is an ideal place to go for a walk, with 6 waymarked paths. With dry sandstone paths, lots of mature pines to shade or shelter under depending upon the weather and the flooded forest of Blakemere attracting birds to watch.

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    Delamere Forest is an ideal place to go for a walk, with 6 waymarked paths. With dry sandstone paths, lots of mature pines to shade or shelter under depending upon the weather and the flooded forest of Blakemere attracting birds to watch.

    Delamere Forest Park provides many easy to walk forest roads and trails ideal for families with children or the less able.

    Contact Details:

    Delamere, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2JD

    Tel:

    0300 067 4340

    Website

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  2. Mow Cop Loop

    Congleton

    An energetic short loop climbing onto the ridge leading to Mow Cop. The path leads through beautiful woodlands and there are fabulous views from the ridge. Interesting industrial history – coal mining and Primitive Methodism.

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    Grade: Moderate Distance: 6kms/ 3.75 miles Time: 2 hours Start: Ackers Crossing GR SJ847589 | what3words: ///apple.transit.tend Map: Explorer 258 Terrain: Field paths, tracks and stony paths. Muddy patches in winter. Some steep gradients Barriers: 12 stiles, steep slopes An energetic short loop climbing onto the ridge leading to Mow Cop. The path leads through beautiful woodlands and there are fabulous views from the ridge. Interesting industrial history – coal mining and Primitive Methodism. The route leads through Roe Park Woods which are a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The woodlands consist of three separate woods called Hanging, Limekiln and Grotto Woods. The circular walk passes between Hanging and Limekiln woods on the north-west facing slope of Mow Cop ridge. This woodland is Cheshire’s most extensive area of semi-natural ancient woodland and contains woodland community types rare to the county. The soils, which are derived from the underlying Millstone Grit, are predominantly acidic and free draining, but are influenced by the Carboniferous Limestone strata just below the surface. The woods consist mainly of oak, both sessile and pedunculate. Many of the mature trees were felled during the Second World War but a significant number remain. Downy birch, rowan and holly can also be seen in these woodlands. Near to the path you may see wavy hair-grass, bilberry and heather in the dryer open areas. Flowers include the opposite-leaved golden-saxifrage, wild angelica, common valerian and marsh hawk’s-beard, an uncommon species in Cheshire. The folly of Mow Cop was built as a summerhouse in 1754 for Randle Wilbraham I of Rode Hall. It is believed that he built it to enhance the view of the newly constructed Rode Hall, about 3 miles away on the edge of the Cheshire plain. Mow Cop is often referred to as the home of primitive Methodism. The two founders of the movement were Hugh Bourne 1772-1852, and William Clowes 1780-1851. The first open air prayer meeting took place on 31st May 1807 and attracted over 2,000 people. In 1862 a Memorial church was built on the site of this open air meeting. On leaving Mow Cop the route follows a footpath downhill past the Methodist chapel. Across the fields to the left, the Brake can be identified - this was once part of an old tramway which carried coal from the collieries east of Mow Cop down to the Macclesfield Canal at Hardings Wood. At one time a tunnel ran through the hill to join the collieries on the east side to the tramway on the west side.

    Contact Details:

    Ackers Crossing, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 3PA

    Tel:

    01270 686029
  3. Walks for All - Marbury Country Park

    Northwich

    Many of the features of the Country Park, including the lime avenues and the arboretum, are a legacy of the days when Marbury was a grand estate. Stroll through splendid woodlands and enjoy views across Budworth Mere.

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    Many of the features of the Country Park, including the lime avenues and the arboretum, are a legacy of the days when Marbury was a grand estate. Stroll through splendid woodlands and enjoy views across Budworth Mere. In spring the woods are filled with lesser celandines, wood anemones and bluebells. The scent of wild garlic permeates the air as the spring progresses and the trees come into leaf creating a shady canopy. Children will enjoy the play area close to the picnic area and car park. There is a good network of paths throughout the park to allow further exploration, however the routes indicated here are the most accessible with a good firm surface and very little gradients although the path within the woodland may be softer in winter. There is a bird hide along the way and wonderful views of the mere. The Park is located off Marbury Lane and is signed from junction 10 of the M56 and Northwich town centre. There are regular bus services from Northwich and Warrington. There are toilet facilities near the Rangers’ Office and occasionally an ice cream van in the car park during the summer. Car park opening times 9am-8pm (1st Apr.-30th Sept.) and 9am-5pm (1st Oct.-31st Mar.). There are no dedicated disabled parking bays. Car park charges apply. Blue badge holders free.

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    Contact Details:

    Marbury Lane, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6AT

    Tel:

    01606 77741

    Website

    Web Site

  4. Walks for All - Macclesfield Forest

    Macclesfield

    Macclesfield Forest is the last remnant of the Royal Forest of Macclesfield and is now a working forest managed by United Utilities.

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    Macclesfield Forest in Autumn
    Macclesfield Forest in Autumn

    Grade: Easy walking Distance: 300 metres / ¼ mile, circular walk, signposted from the car park Time: 15 – 30 minutes, plus time to enjoy the views over the reservoir Start: Trentabank Visitor Centre near Langley | what3words: ///damp.subsets.pursue Map: OS Explorer 268. Postcode for satnav: SK11 0NS Terrain: Generally level yet uneven paths with some loose material Macclesfield Forest is the last remnant of the Royal Forest of Macclesfield and is now a working forest managed by United Utilities. Situated within the Peak District National Park, the forest is mainly pine with a native broad leaf tree planting programme. The forest is home to a herd of red deer and the Trentabank Reservoir is host to a number of wildfowl species and the largest heronry in the Peak District. Access: Macclesfield Forest is situated to the east of Macclesfield. The Trentabank car park is accessed from the A523 via Langley. Postcode for satnav: SK11 0NS. A minibus-accessible pay and display car park is available. 3 designated bays are available for disabled parking and blue badge holders can park free of charge. The nearest public transport is by bus to Langley 2.5km /1½ miles from the visitor centre. Toilets: Toilets are available including an accessible toilet with a RADAR lock.

    Contact Details:

    Trentabank Visitor Centre, Langley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 0NS

    Tel:

    01260 252832
  5. Arley Hall Circular Walk

    Northwich

    This Cheshire Garden Walk takes you from the quaint estate hamlet of Arley to the charming village of Great Budworth, with its historic estate cottages, and back again.

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    The Grove at Arley Hall. Photo credit: Jeff Buck
    The Grove at Arley Hall. Photo credit: Jeff Buck

    Grade: Moderate Distance: 8.5km/5.5 miles Time: 4 hours Start: Free walkers' car park in Arley Rd (in village) - not gardens. what3words: ///kept.dining.basics Map: OS Explorer 7 Terrain: Unsurfaced and semi-surfaced paths and some minor roads. Some terrain will be muddy in winter. Fairly level gradients throughout. Barriers: 11 stiles, 2 bridle gates, 2 kissing gates, wooden footbridge with parapets, metal footbridge with handrails. This Cheshire Garden Walk takes you from the quaint estate hamlet of Arley to the charming village of Great Budworth, with its historic estate cottages, and back again. Rich in history and beauty, Arley's award-winning gardens, beautiful Victorian Jacobean hall, specialist plant nursery, Tudor Barn Restaurant and exciting events programme offer a great day out for all the family throughout the changing seasons. The gardens, recently voted in the Top 50 in Europe and in Britain's Top 10, are celebrated for one of the finest double herbaceous borders in the country and the avenue of giant Ilex columns are truly a plantman's paradise, with a breathtaking array of roses, perennials, exotic trees and flowering shrubs. For further information about Arley Hall and Gardens - including opening times - www.arleyhallandgardens.com.

    Contact Details:

    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    Tel:

    01565 777383
  6. The Sandstone Trail

    Frodsham

    Stride out along the Sandstone Trail and sample some of the finest walking in Cheshire. Follow the ridge of sandstone that rises dramatically from the Cheshire plain and enjoy this invigorating walk at any time of year.

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    Beeston Castle on the Sandstone Trail
    The Sandstone Trail ridge
    Stunning views from the Sandstone Trail
    Beeston Castle on the Sandstone Trail
    The Sandstone Trail ridge
    Stunning views from the Sandstone Trail

    Grade: Long distance Distance: 18km/11 ¼ miles Time: 5-6 hours Map: OS Explorer 267 What 3 Words: ///rafters.transmits.school Stride out along the Sandstone Trail (AKA the sandstone ridge) and sample some of the finest walking in Cheshire. Follow the ridge of sandstone that rises dramatically from the Cheshire plain and enjoy this invigorating walk at any time of year. The original Sandstone Trail officially opened in 1974. It has recently been extended so it now links the towns of Frodsham and Whitchurch. This not only makes it more accessible by public transport but also means you can enjoy some of the excellent facilities available in each town. The Trail has been split into three sections of 18 or 19km or about 11miles which most people should find an enjoyable day’s walk.

    Contact Details:

    Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 6PN

    Tel:

    01606 271736

    Website

    Web Site

  7. Tatton Park - Walks for All

    Knutsford

    Tatton Park, winner of Visit England’s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2014, is steeped in history and memories of world wars.

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    Tatton Park in Autumn. Image credit: David Dukesell
    Tatton Park in Autumn. Image credit: David Dukesell

    Tatton Park, winner of Visit England’s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2014, is steeped in history and memories of world wars. Herds of red and fallow deer roam freely in 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of parkland whilst the meres, woodlands and rough grassland provide a perfect habitat for wildlife. The parkland is a stunning setting for a leisurely  stroll, as are the 20 hectares (50 acres) of beautiful gardens reflecting over 250 years of garden design. This route follows ‘Billie the Beetle’ on a signed trail through one of the quiet woodlands on the estate.

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    DISTANCE: ¾mile (1.2km). TIME: About 1/2 hour.

    SURFACE: Grass paths and woodland floor so you may find mud or tree roots on your way. There is a low 30m (33yds) long boardwalk just before the wood, offering a minimum width of 1.2m (4’).

    GRADIENTS: Generally level, though the path can be uneven.

    Contact Details:

    Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6SG

    Website

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  8. A Circular Walk around Helsby Hill and Woodhouse Hillfort

    Helsby

    Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the rocky summit of Helsby Hill with its ancient defences, before crossing the valley to the tumbled ramparts of Woodhouse hilltop enclosure, high on the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge.

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    The Ramparts of Helsby Hill Fort. Photo credit: Jeff Buck
    A view from Helsby Hill
    The Ramparts of Helsby Hill Fort. Photo credit: Jeff Buck
    A view from Helsby Hill

    An exhilarating circuit exploring two of Cheshire’s most northerly hillforts.

    This popular half day circuit takes you to two of Cheshire’s loveliest prehistoric hilltop enclosures. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the rocky summit of Helsby Hill with its ancient defences, before crossing the valley to the tumbled ramparts of Woodhouse hilltop enclosure, high on the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge. Together, they provide the focus for a perfect walk.

    Start: Helsby Quarry car park (free), Alvanley Road, Helsby WA6 9PU. what3words: ///stocked.denser.hothouse Map ref: SJ 491749 Distance: 7.5 kilometres/4¾ miles Difficulty: Easy-Medium. Field and woodland paths and bridleways; short sections of country road. Two steep ascents onto Helsby Hill; sharp descent from Woodhouse Hill. Unsuitable for pushchairs and wheelcairs. Duration: Allow 3 – 3½ hours Map: OS 1:25,000 Explorer 267 Northwich & Delamere Forest Dogs: Dogs should be kept under close control, and preferably on a lead — especially near livestock. Please consider other walkers and clean up after your dog.

    Contact Details:

    Helsby Quarry Car Park, Alvanley Road, Helsby, Cheshire, WA6 9PU

    Website

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  9. Walk the Whitegate Way

    Marton, Winsford

    Stretching for six miles (10km) from the heart of Winsford to Cuddington, the route offers easy walking for all ages along a varied route.

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    The Whitegate Way west of Grange Lane. Photo credit: Stephen Craven
    whitegate way
    The Whitegate Way west of Grange Lane. Photo credit: Stephen Craven
    whitegate way

    Visit Whitegate Way, where heavy goods trains laden with salt once lumbered to Cuddington to join the Chester - Manchester line. Today the old railway line has been transformed and provides a haven for wildlife and a pleasant place for a stroll or ride. Stretching for six miles (10km) from the heart of Winsford to Cuddington, the route offers easy walking for all ages along a varied route. Shady wooded cuttings contrast with open embankments offering spectacular views across the Cheshire countryside. Convenient access points for walkers, cyclists and riders allow you to walk or ride a length at a time. A totally accessible section, ideal for wheelchairs and pushchairs, has been developed from Whitegate Station. Whitegate was the only station on the line. Today it has been developed into a picnic area with car parking and toilet facilities. Take time to look around the station area or use it as a starting point to explore the attractive countryside around Whitegate. There is also a car park at Bradford Road, Winsford.

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    Contact Details:

    Whitegate Station, Clay Lane, Marton, Winsford, Cheshire, CW7 2QE

    Tel:

    01606 301484

    Website

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  10. Walks for All - Tegg's Nose

    Macclesfield

    Discover Tegg’s Nose Country Park and experience Cheshire East’s wild hill country where rock dominates the landscape.

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    Teggs Nose Country Park. Image credit: Bill Boaden
    Teggs Nose Country Park. Image credit: Bill Boaden

    Grade: Easy walking Distance: 2.75km / 1 mile circular walk Time: 30 minutes – 1 hour, plus stops to admire the views Start: Tegg's Nose Country Park to the east of Macclesfield. | what3words: ///instilled.hopefully.restored Map: OS Explorer 268. Postcode for satnavs: SK11 0AP Terrain: Uneven paths with loose material Barriers: Kissing gates, hand gates and steps. Discover Tegg’s Nose Country Park and experience Cheshire East’s wild hill country where rock dominates the landscape. From this walk you will be able to enjoy exhilarating views over the Cheshire plain and, on a clear day, you might even see the cathedrals of Liverpool or the Welsh Hills on the horizon. Access: The Country Park is located on the Buxton Old Road and is signposted off the Macclesfield to Buxton road, the A537, to the east of Macclesfield. A minibus-accessible pay and display car park is available on site. Permits are available. There are 2 designated disabled parking bays and blue badge holders can park free of charge. No public transport runs to the Country Park. Public bus services operate to Langley and along the A537 New Buxton Road.

    Contact Details:

    Tegg's Nose Country Park, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 0AP

    Tel:

    01625 374833

    Website

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Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Delamere Forest Walkways (53.22871,-2.67853)Mow Cop Loop (53.15748,-2.19263)30.03
Mow Cop Loop (53.15748,-2.19263)Walks for All - Marbury Country Park (53.28312,-2.52802)23.74
Walks for All - Marbury Country Park (53.28312,-2.52802)Walks for All - Macclesfield Forest (53.23753,-2.05993)28.43
Walks for All - Macclesfield Forest (53.23753,-2.05993)Arley Hall Circular Walk (53.32284,-2.48947)27.12
Arley Hall Circular Walk (53.32284,-2.48947)The Sandstone Trail (53.29611,-2.72579)14.4
The Sandstone Trail (53.29611,-2.72579)Tatton Park - Walks for All (53.34033,-2.37852)21.25
Tatton Park - Walks for All (53.34033,-2.37852)A Circular Walk around Helsby Hill and Woodhouse Hillfort (53.26837,-2.76177)24.05
A Circular Walk around Helsby Hill and Woodhouse Hillfort (53.26837,-2.76177)Walk the Whitegate Way (53.22821,-2.60362)10.3
Walk the Whitegate Way (53.22821,-2.60362)Walks for All - Tegg's Nose (53.2582,-2.07346)31.93
Total Distance *211.2 miles
Estimated Journey Time6.8 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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