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The most beautiful country walks in Cheshire

Country walks in Cheshire Country walks in Cheshire

For those visiting the Cheshire area, a plethora of stunning, scenic walks await you on arrival. Cheshire is home to some of the UK’s most beautiful country walks and they’re right on your doorstep when you choose a Mottram Hall spa weekend in Cheshire.

Not only do glorious walks await you, but breath-taking views, wild animals and wonderful sights can also be seen when wandering this beautiful county which can all be enjoyed completely free. We uncover some of the best and most beautiful walks in Cheshire that have to be experienced whilst on your next visit to Mottram Hall.

Delamere Forest

Delamere Forest is the perfect walk for the whole family to enjoy, made even better by the beautiful scenes that lie along its paths. Known as the largest woodland in the county, spanning more than 950 hectares, the forest path is relatively flat and easy-going which means it is perfect for walkers of all ages and abilities who want to admire the view whilst quietly watching the wildlife dotted between the lush, green trees.

Visit Cheshire describe it on their website as a haven for wildlife: “Delamere Forest is Cheshire's largest area of woodland and is a place for families to let off steam, escape the crowds and find peace in the heart of the forest.

“Delamere is also a haven for wildlife including the beautiful small tortoiseshell butterfly, greater spotted woodpecker, white-faced darter dragonfly, green woodpecker, siskin and southern hawker dragonfly. At Blakemere Lake, there are nesting black-headed gulls that you will be able to see and hear.”

As well as peace and tranquillity, Delamere Forest boasts 3 walking trails, 2 cycling trails, a café, picnic area, orienteering and Go Ape courses for the thrill-seekers among the group. Explore the forest on foot and uncover the real beauty of Cheshire whilst enjoying the fresh, country air.

The Sandstone Trail

One of the finest walks in Cheshire awaits you at Sandstone Ridge as the 55km Sandstone Trail extends itself into the countryside. Since opening in 1974, the walk along the dramatic ridge in the heart of the county has always proven popular due to its ever-changing but beautiful landscapes.

Known for being rich with colourful flowers, birds, dragonflies and butterflies, every mile offers a new experience. Wander along the route and uncover caves, abandoned quarries, wells and English springs before ending up in Frodsham in the north or Whitchurch in the south.

We spoke to Terri, a Communications Officer at Sandstone Ridge who told us a little more about the trail and why they think people come back to visit it time and time again:

“What brings visitors back to The Sandstone Ridge time and time again? Without a doubt, it is the stunning views and inspiring walks. On a clear day, you can see 8 different counties and enjoy panoramic 360-degree views across the Cheshire Plain. With 368 km of public rights of way, there are plentiful ways to explore The Sandstone Ridge whilst taking in some of Cheshire's most beautiful scenery. Whether you are walking the entire length of the 55 km long Sandstone Trail or looking for a shorter circular walk, The Sandstone Ridge has a walking trail for everyone.”

They went on to explain a little more about the wildlife visitors can find whilst walking along the ridge: “The Sandstone Ridge teems with wildlife. While buzzards and swifts circle overhead, the heathlands and fields play host to hundreds of species of mammals, reptiles, insects and birds. Search hard and you'll come across sundews, tree pipits, common lizards and green hairstreak butterflies in these rare and fragile habitats. If you're really lucky, you might even find an adder or nightjar. Our flower-rich grasslands contain native grasses, while specialist grassland birds such as grey partridge, lapwing, skylark and snipe breed locally. Barn owls are regularly spotted, hunting silently above the fields and hedgerows.”

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Quarry Bank

Best known for being home to the National Trust site and former mill, Quarry Bank also boasts a selection of stunning walks in its vast grounds. As well as exploring this historic gem, a walk through the vast woodland and lush, green fields is a must for anyone planning to visit.

Trail-marked paths map out the way as you meander through the estate before stumbling upon workers cottages; tall, imposing red conifers, quaint, wooden bridges and the gentle trickle of the River Bollin. The path has recently been made accessible for wheelchair users which means all visitors can enjoy the wonders that lie within the hypothetical walls of this location.

Thurstaston and Irby

A circular walk that surrounds the outskirts of Irby and Thurstaston Common, the Thurstaston and Irby walk is perfect for walkers of all abilities and boasts some of the most breath-taking views in the whole of Cheshire. On a clear day, walkers can expect to see Liverpool’s skyline, the Irish Sea coast and in particularly clear weather even Snowdonia and the Lake District.

Head off the beaten track and explore the wonderful villages of Irby and Thurstaston for a coffee break or to enjoy some typical Cheshire pub food before enjoying a gentle amble along to Thurstaston Common.

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The Gritstone Trail

The perfect walk for those looking to explore the historic towns Cheshire has to offer, the Gritstone Trail is known for its views across the Cheshire Plain, Welsh hills and the spires of Liverpool’s cathedrals. We spoke to Phillippa Meachin, Digital Marketing Manager at Visit Cheshire told us why the Gritstone Trail is so popular:

“It would have to be the Gritstone Trail, a long-distance, 35 mile/56 km trail that runs from Disley to Kidsgrove through Cheshire’s Peak District. Along the trail, there are stunning views in all directions from the gritstone ridges, on a clear day you’ll see views to the Welsh hills and the cathedrals of Liverpool.

“The trail is located on the edge of the Peak District and cuts through some of Cheshire’s stunning towns and villages; Bollington, Congleton, Wilmslow and Macclesfield. The trail is split into three sections and walking the trail from north to south is recommended. The trail starts at Disley railway station, to the south-east of Manchester and follows the Pennine edge southwards to finish at Kidsgrove railway station near Stoke-on-Trent.”

Dunham Massey

A grand house with a mysterious past is the centre point to the Dunham Massey estate, another National Trust property with year-long popularity. Explore the vast grounds and discover ‘one of the finest collections of veteran trees in England’. This short 1h-30min to 2-hour walk reaches across 4km and follows a trail through the park where a herd of 150 fallow deer roam and wildlife thrives.

The more modest walk will take you around Dunham Massey’s estate, through the deer park, along to the clock tower and past the Old Man Pool before bringing you back in sight of the beautiful, red brick house.

So, when you’re planning your next visit to Mottram Hall, make sure you allow time to explore the natural beauty of the surrounding area and enjoy a walk or two at one of these beautiful locations.

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