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Frodsham and Sandstone Trail

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Frodsham and Sandstone Trail
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 21 Feb 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Cheshire,
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Frodsham and Sandstone Trail
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 5 mile circular trail from the Cheshire market town of Frodsham, taking in the first section of the Sandstone Trail, a long-distance-path, before returning through hills, lanes and farmland. Near the start of the walk you’ll be able to enjoy great views (on clear days!) over the Mersey estuary and then the Sandstone Trail gives an opportunity to enjoy the geology of the area with large exposed sections of red sandstone.

The walk follows woodland and farm paths which can be quite muddy after wet weather and in winter. The paths are also quite uneven with rocks and tree roots so good waterproof and sturdy boots are recommended. There are several steep climbs and descents throughout plus a number of kissing gates and flights of steps but no stiles. A couple of short sections of the walk are through fields which may be holding cattle so take care with dogs. Approximate time 2.5 to 3 hours.

The walk starts from the Beacon Hill Sandstone Trail free car park on Simon’s Lane in Frodsham. Approximate post code WA6 6HG.

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Walk Sections

Start to War Memorial
Start to War Memorial

Start point: 53.2841 lat, -2.723 long
End point: 53.2881 lat, -2.725 long

Leave the car park back to the road and turn left onto the lane, taking care of any traffic. Follow the lane downhill and then turn left onto the entrance track of Overhill Cottage, marked with a small waymarker for Delamere Way. Continue on the grass path that passes to the right of the cottage.

Pass through the open gateway and go ahead to cross over the entrance drive to the small hotel. Follow the fenced narrow woodland path steadily downhill until you emerge to a T-junction with the road. Turn left heading uphill and after a short distance turn right through the ornate black and gold gates (inscribed with ‘Their Names Liveth Forever More’) into the war memorial gardens. Follow the obvious path through the park until you reach the tall war memorial.

War Memorial to Information Panel
War Memorial to Information Panel

Start point: 53.2881 lat, -2.725 long
End point: 53.2782 lat, -2.7361 long

Take time to enjoy the views here. On clear days you will see across the M56 to the Mersey Estuary and famous landmarks such as the Runcorn Bridge and Snowdon.

Standing facing the views, turn left (past the post which gives details of the visible landmarks) to join the Sandstone Trail. Keep right at the fork heading downhill marked again as the Sandstone Trail and North Cheshire Way. Keep ahead on the trail as it crosses over some flights of wooden steps – take time to enjoy the spectacular rock outcrops on the left.

The Sandstone Trail is a 34 mile long-distance-path from Frodsham to Whitchurch. It follows the Mid-Cheshire Ridge, an ancient red sandstone ridge which runs through the heart of the county.

You will come to a three-way signpost, turn right here signed to Delamere Forest. Follow this path down a series of wooden and metal flights of steps, known as the Baker’s Dozen. At the bottom you’ll reach a three-way sign post at the gulley known as Dunsdale Hollow.

Keep left on the Sandstone Trail to Delamere and follow the path as it swings right. Follow this path zigzagging uphill up the rock steps and then continue on the relatively flat section with the golf course to the left. Soon you will reach Woodhouse Hill with an information panel and bench alongside a fork in the track.

Information Panel to Manley Road
Information Panel to Manley Road

Start point: 53.2782 lat, -2.7361 long
End point: 53.2653 lat, -2.7228 long

Bear left at the fork signed for the Sandstone Trail climbing fairly steeply. Continue over the top of the hill and follow the path as it swings right to join a walled section heading gradually downhill. At the next three-way signpost (at Snidley Moor Wood) turn right signed for the Sandstone Trail. Continue downhill and go down some broad steps and keep left to follow the path as it becomes a gulley with banks of tree roots each side.

Continue some distance downhill, and just before you reach a pond and small properties on the left, turn left through a metal kissing gate into a field. Keep ahead close to the right hand field boundary and at the far corner follow the narrow muddy lane round to the right for a few yards, then bear left through another kissing gate onto a grass path.

Follow the grass path for some distance keeping close to the barbed wire fence on the right. Eventually you will reach a metal vehicle gate ahead, bear right here following the dirt path as it swings uphill. Further up the slope pass through another metal kissing gate and continue ahead on the narrow path as it climbs more steeply. At the top of the climb keep ahead alongside the left hand field boundary and pass out through the kissing gate to reach the road.

Manley Road to Field Path
Manley Road to Field Path

Start point: 53.2653 lat, -2.7228 long
End point: 53.2746 lat, -2.7217 long

Cross over the road with care and take the road opposite (Riley Bank). Follow the road as it bends left and then steadily descends. When you reach a double right hand bend, fork left onto a Restricted Byway, a grass track heading up between fields. At the end of the byway you’ll reach a crossroads, turn left here onto another Byway, a sandy vehicle track.

You will emerge to a crossroads with Manley Road. Cross over with care and turn right to walk along the grass verge alongside Manley Road. About 200yards along, look out on the left for a footpath sign and kissing gate in a gap in the hedge.

Field Path to End
Field Path to End

Start point: 53.2746 lat, -2.7217 long
End point: 53.2828 lat, -2.7224 long

Go through the gate and follow the path across the field heading diagonally right. (Note the field may be holding cattle – if you wish to avoid the field you can just keep ahead on Manley Road and then take the next left down a farm track to rejoin the main route).

Pass through the metal kissing gate on the far field boundary, cross over the farm track and go up the stone steps opposite to join a fenced footpath. Follow this path alongside a field and then alongside a golf course. As you emerge onto the practice range, keep ahead close to the hedge on the left (keeping an eye out for any stray flying golf balls).

At the far end of the practice range, pass out through the gap in the hedge to reach Simon’s Lane. Turn left along the lane and soon you will reach the car park where the walk began on the right.

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2 responses to "Frodsham and Sandstone Trail"

Big hills and big adventures. A great walk and lovely adventure. Not much in the way of supplies on route so take what you need. Beware golf balls at the end!

By Lyndslee on 2015-05-30 09:34:45

All too often the author of a walk leaves out the fine detail and fails to describe the route accurately - not so with this one. It was very well described and a lovely walk. We were also blessed with a warm, sunny day. Perfect!

By xraytec on 2016-05-20 07:17:43

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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