Full of surprises and infused with history, Cheshire is a wonderful place to go for a walk. From the wild and open hills of the Peaks to the low-lying pastures of the Plain, Cheshire is covered in a spider’s web of footpaths, bridleways, towpaths and trails and is well served by welcoming pubs and cosy cafés. There’s so much to see in this corner of England and there’s no better way to explore it than by lacing up your boots and setting off on foot – armed, of course, with this selection of 40 circular walks.
Using this guide
The routes in the following pages range in length from around 3km to 11km and, generally speaking, represent a morning or an afternoon’s outing. They are all circuits – in other words, they finish where they start – saving you the worry of retrieving your car at the end of the day. To help you find somewhere to park, a postcode has been included in the notes which precede each walk. Remember that postcodes are approximate only and, while they will lead you close to the start, they will probably not take you to the exact spot. Although the routes can be generally described as ‘moderate’, some are tougher than others and a few involve very steep slopes. Where a route involves any sections of unusually steep ground, it will be mentioned in the notes. The durations given are based on the time it took the authors to walk the circuit, without taking into account opportunities to admire a view or enjoy a leisurely lunch. Therefore, the times given should be taken as a rough guide only. Similarly, the sketch maps are merely indicative of the route and should not be relied on for navigation. Six OS Explorer maps – numbers 266, 267, 268, 257, 276 and OL24 – cover the entire county of Cheshire and it is advisable to have the relevant sheet with you on each of these walks (Chester Walls excepted). OS maps can help interpret surroundings and, because they show rights of way, they allow you to vary the route. Finally, lefts and rights are given according to the direction of travel.