Bishop Bennet Way

Near Beeston Castle layby, Crimes Road, Beeston, Cheshire, CW6 9TX

Tel: 01606 271736

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Grade: Long distance
Distance: 55km/34 miles (Cheshire section)
Time: Approx 2 days, end to end
Map: OS Explorer 257
Terrain: Varies from green bridleways and byways to surfaced tracks and metalled roads. Some central sections can be very wet/muddy in winter.
Barriers: All gates accessible to horse riders.
Toilets: Available at various locations en route (please ask for permission first) including: -
-The White Horse Inn, Churton (01829 270208)
-The Bluebell Inn, Tushingham (01948 662172)
-The Horse & Jockey, Grindley Brook (01948 662723)

The Bishop Bennet Way runs from below Beeston Castle, west towards the Welsh border, passing by Tattenhall and Aldford before turning south and east past Farndon towards Malpas and Whitchurch.

The route is named after an eighteenth century traveller who once explored the tracks that we now ride for pleasure.

The route continues through Shropshire, but the described route in Cheshire finishes near the hilltop village of Wirswall on the Shropshire border. Using bed and breakfast accommodation the whole ride can be completed over two consecutive days or you could choose to ride shorter sections individually.

Horseriders are legally entitled to ride bridleways, restricted byways, byways open to all traffic and, of course, public roads. You must expect to share all these routes with walkers and cyclists and, in the case of byways, roads and some restricted byways, with motor traffic too. You should also expect some use of bridleways by farmers with agricultural vehicles.

The Bishop Bennet Way comprises some 27kms of surfaced roads (mostly without verges) and 12kms of ‘green lanes’ of which some have bridleway status, some restricted byway status, and others byway open to all traffic status. The remainder of the route is by field-edge and cross-field paths, the latter being occasionally subject to ploughing. The route is largely on flat ground but with some gentle hills in its southern half. Some of the central sections of the route can be very wet during winter months.

Directions

Public Transport Directions

Note that finish point on Bradeley Green Lane is single track dead-end road with very limited parking. Parking, loading and unloading of horse boxes/trailers by arrangement only with Mr M Latham at Hillcroft, Bradeley Green Lane, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 4HE (phone 01948 665556 or fax 01948 666119).

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Opening Times

2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

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