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|Frodsham and Sandstone Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 21 Feb 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|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.
|Start to War Memorial|
Start point: 53.2841 lat, -2.723 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.
|War Memorial to Information Panel|
Start point: 53.2881 lat, -2.725 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.
|Information Panel to Manley Road|
Start point: 53.2782 lat, -2.7361 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.
|Manley Road to Field Path|
Start point: 53.2653 lat, -2.7228 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.
|Field Path to End|
Start point: 53.2746 lat, -2.7217 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).
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
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 30 May 2015|
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 20 May 2016|
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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