Cheshires sandstone edge strikes
down the heart of the county like a clenched fist. Great knuckles of
rock and steep, wooded slopes rise steeply from the lush pastures of the
Cheshire Plain. Here you follow a glorious section of the Sandstone
trail, passing the ramparts of Iron Age Maidon Castle. This hillfort
crowns Larkton Hill. Raw Head is the highest point and gives vast views
that take in part of Wales and seven English counties. Burwardsley is a small village known for the Candle Factory which has been operating there for some 50 years. It is alsoclose to the Sandstone Trail as it passes over the sandstone hills of Peckforton and Bickerton, raising us over the Cheshire plains and hopefully giving us drier walking for this time of year.
Beeston Castle and Bunbury are nearby and the Cheshire Workshops provide interest and refreshments for after our walks.
We will be in 'winter time' which means it could be getting dark by 4pm and the cafe in the Workshops could close a bit earlier.
Walk Leader: Stuart Smith Total Distance: 10+ miles app Total ascent/descent: 1660/1300 ft
A route starting at Tatternhall
will drop us off at Tattenhall. We will head South east towards Harthill mostly
through fields. The route takes us easterly towards Bulkeley hill, picking up
the Sandstone Trail north along side the Peckforton Hills. Towards the end of
the hills there is the stunning Peckforton Castle which is actually a country
house built in the style of a medieval castle now used as a luxury hotel. We
head North East towards Beeston Castle which is huge and well preserved
standing 350 feet above the Cheshire plains. The castle dates from 1226 and
forms a good backdrop for the lunch stop. After lunch we head south easterly towards
Beeston. Then westerly crossing the Peckforton hills with good views. After
crossing the hills and clearing the wooded area we head southerly towards
Burwardsley stopping off at the Pheasant pub which it's self is lovely with
great views. The total assent is 507 metres decent is 396 and the total
distance is 10.23 miles. For an A walk it is relatively easy suitable for all A
Walk Leader: Clair McNabb Total Distance: 6 miles app Total ascent/descent: 1020ft
B Route clockwise
Leaving the Cheshire Workshop the route takes us along country lanes and through fields to join the Sandstone trail. Looking back, the edifices of Beeston and Pickforton castles may be seen. In fact the whole walk provides a succession of superb views across Cheshire for relatively little effort as most of the climbing is steady rather than strenuous.
Walk Leader: Joan and Shirley Total Distance: 6 miles (ish) Total ascent/descent: 900ft
Raw Head Summit: 746 ft.
We start our morning with
coffee at the candle factory, though we may have to wait for them to open if we
arrive early. This is an undulating walk with some short inclines
punctuated with level stretches through wonderful woods and panoramic views of
the Cheshire Plain. The last part of the walk is on a quiet road which
unfortunately is uphill, but there is no other way back to the candle factory
and our cup of tea.