Walks in Cheshire

The best places to walk

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Looking for places to walk in Cheshire? With breath-taking scenery and an abundance of wildlife, there are hundreds of Cheshire walks for all ages just waiting to be discovered. We’ve listed our top 5 walks in Cheshire, to explore on your next outdoor adventure so pull on your walking boots and get ready to explore Cheshire on foot!

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Spend your days meandering through wild moorlands, climb rocky ridges and walk along wide woodland paths before returning to your cosy cabin at Delamere Forest. At the heart of our location, you will find our Forest Retreat which includes a shop, café, and bar on-site. Here you can stock up before your adventure and refuel afterwards.

1. Sandstone trail

The Sandstone trail is first on our list and for a very good reason! One of the best pub walks in Cheshire due to its 55km distance, The Sandstone trail runs from the ancient market town of Frodsham to Georgian Whitchurch in rural north Shropshire. The trail passes through our location at Delamere Forest making it easily accessible and is split into 7 sections meaning you can choose how much of the trail you’d like to explore.

We recommend: taking the trail that starts at Manley Common to Gresty’s Waste, which passes through our location at Delamere Forest. There are some steep ascents and descents along this route, but it should take no longer than 2-hours to complete.

Sandstone trail in Cheshire

View of Peckforton Castle and Cheshire, taken from Beeston Castle, on the Sandstone trail.

2. Old Pale

If you’re looking for circular walks in Cheshire, there’s lots to choose from, but Old Pale is our favourite! A family-friendly route, Old Pale is a relatively easy 3km trail with significant ascent for views over seven counties. At the viewpoint, stones stand proudly representing the seven different counties that you can see from the top of the hill. Don’t forget, there’s a steep gradient along this trail, but a shortcut back to the car park. It guides you through gravelled paths, and evergreen trees to Old Pale Heights.

We recommend: you make use of the places of rest along the way to enjoy the scenery at your own pace. Take photos of all the wildlife you see and tag us in your findings #ForestHolidays, with a wildflower meadow you’re sure to spot lots of nature!

3. Linmere trail

Another of our favourite places to walk in Cheshire is the Linmere trail, which takes you straight to the Delamere Forest Gruffalo trail. This 2.7km trail offers a nice walk along some of the nicest areas of Delamere, without venturing too far making it perfect for families with young children.

We recommend: trying your hand at the fun, navigational challenge at Delamere Forest using a simple map to find twelve Gruffalo markers hidden in the deep, dark wood. Great to keep the kids entertained whilst introducing them to using a map for the first time!

4. Blakemere trail

If you’re looking for good walks in Cheshire where you can be at one with nature, then the Blamemere trail is perfect for you. A haven for nature and bird lovers due to its sheltered canopy of trees, making it ideal for exploring. One of the easier places to walk in Cheshire at 4km, the Blakemere trail is ideal for those looking for a hassle-free day out.

We recommend: you take in the views of the beautiful Blakemere Moss, but be careful of the water’s edge as algae and mosses floating on the surface can look like land!

Blakemere trail in Cheshire

Autumn day on the main path around Blakemere Moss at Delamere Forest.

5. Shining Tor

For circular walks in Cheshire, Shining Tor should be at the top of your list. At the highest point in Cheshire this 11km circular trail boasts some of the most spectacular views including the Cheshire Plains and, on clear days, the Snowdonia Mountain rage in North Wales.

We recommend: you take in the views of open heather moorland with spectacular views across Cheshire as you climb Shining Tor and Cats Tor.

Shining Tor in Cheshire

Cheshire countryside with Shutlingsloe in the distance.

6. Dutton Locks

For walks in Cheshire that your four-legged-friend can accompany you on look no further than Dutton Locks. A relatively easy trail with flat terrain, Dutton Locks has some off-lead areas where your dog can run free.

We recommend: you pack a picnic, settle down in a quiet spot, and watch the world go by. The locks are beautiful and offer a picturesque setting.

Dutton Locks in Cheshire

Dutton sluice, on the River Weaver near Dutton Locks.

7. Raw Head

Raw Head is an 8km dog-friendly circular walk offering spectacular views. If you’re looking for the best pub walks in Cheshire, Raw Head is a must!

We recommend: stopping off at The Bickerton Poacher for a bite to eat along the way. Well behaved dogs are welcome inside and there is a decking area for warmer weather.

8. Tegg’s Nose Country Park

If you’re looking for circular canal walks in Cheshire, Tegg’s Nose Country Park might not be the obvious choice. Situated on the banks of an old quarry, it is an ideal place to enjoy Cheshire’s rolling hills and lakeside views. Enjoy a 3km circular trail around the hilltop and take in views of open heather moorlands, meadows, and woodlands.

We recommend: you stop off at Tegg’s Nose Tea Room, a small dog-friendly café on the edge of the Peak District with views overlooking the Cheshire Plain.

Tegg's Nose Country Park in Cheshire

View of the Derbyshire area from a vantage point in the Tegg's Nose country park.

9. The Wirral Way

There’s plenty of Cheshire pub walks to choose from, but we recommend the Wirral Way due to its close connections with neighbouring towns and villages. A disused railway line, this trail offers a level path across 19km, which runs from West Kirby all the way to Hooton in Chester and boasts lots of attractions to explore along the way.

We recommend: you stop off at one of the many pubs along the way! What better way to end the day than with a refreshing drink and a bite to eat.

10. River Weaver

For circular canal walks in Cheshire, you might want to consider the River Weaver. This walk takes you from the lovely town of Nantwich through the Shropshire Union Canal and the River Weaver.

We recommend: you take in the views by boat for a truly authentic experience. The Weaver Navigation takes you to Northwich and back lasting up to 75 minutes.

River Weaver in Cheshire

River Weaver by Northwich, Cheshire.

With miles of walks in Cheshire on offer, there is so much just waiting to be uncovered. If you’re looking for a place to call home on your next walking holiday our range of pet-friendly accommodation is an ideal option. Set within the Cheshire Plain, Delamere Forest is situated beneath broadleaf and evergreen trees. Choose between cabins bordered by clusters of trees for a secluded break or cabins with sun-lit views of country fields.

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