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|Beeston and Peckforton Castles|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 21 Feb 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular trail taking in two beautiful castles set within the sandstone hills of Cheshire. The walk starts from Beeston Castle, the ruins of a 13th Century castle which is managed by English Heritage and sits high upon a sandstone crag. The route heads out across farmland to circle Peckforton Castle, a 19th Century country house built in the style of a medieval castle and now operating as a hotel. The journey takes you along one section of the Sandstone Trail, a famous long-distance-path, and along the quiet woodland paths through the Peckforton Estate. Both castles are visible for much of the route sitting high on their respective hills giving a real sense of their imposing presence on the area. |
The walk has a few climbs and descents most of which are fairly gentle, but there is one set of fairly steep and deep-treaded woodland steps which are a bit of a challenge to negotiate. There are several kissing gates and 3 stiles (but these are all quite low and open making them fairly easy for both humans and dogs!). The paths are a combination of stone and woodland/field paths which can be quite muddy after wet weather. Some of the fields may be holding cattle. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
The walk starts from the pay and display car park opposite the entrance to Beeston Castle, on Church Lane in Beeston, near Taporley. (In Feb 2013 the parking fee was £3 per day). Approximate post code CW6 9TX.
|Start to Horsley Lane|
Start point: 53.1269 lat, -2.6882 long
From the car park opposite the entrance to Beeston Castle, go out to the road and turn left. After just 50 yards, fork right onto the fenced footpath which runs directly alongside the outer castle walls (signed as the Sandstone Trail to Whitchurch). Follow the path through a small section of woodland and you will emerge out onto a road opposite Tabernacle Cottage.
|Horsley Lane to Witches Staircase|
Start point: 53.1199 lat, -2.6958 long
Turn right along the main tarmac lane passing a number of pretty properties on the right hand side. A few yards after passing Ivy Cottage on the right, fork left through a metal gate onto a woodland track heading into the Peckforton Estate (still signed as the Sandstone Trail to Burwardsley). Follow this stone vehicle track as it climbs steadily swinging gradually left around the base of the Peckforton Hills.
|Witches Staircase to Gatehouse Lodge|
Start point: 53.1132 lat, -2.7046 long
Climb the long steep flight of woodland steps – it can only be assumed that witches have very long legs and/or strong knees! At the top, turn left onto the wide track for just a few paces, and then turn right onto the waymarked footpath immediately before the next vehicle gate. Use the yellow arrows to follow the obvious path as it winds down the eastern side of the hills.
|Gatehouse Lodge to Peckforton Road|
Start point: 53.1131 lat, -2.6917 long
Pass under the gatehouse arch and take time to admire the ancient oak tree directly opposite. Turn right for a few paces along the lane and then turn left through a metal kissing gate onto a waymarked footpath. Cross diagonally left to reach the far boundary and then bear left again to follow the field edge path with the wire fence immediately on the right.
|Peckforton Road to End|
Start point: 53.1193 lat, -2.6888 long
Turn left along Peckforton Road and then take the first turning on the right – a private road which is part of the Peckforton Estate. Walk along this road and look out for a metal kissing gate on the right which is signed as the Sandstone Way to Beeston Castle. Take this path and continue ahead along the left hand edge of the field. Half way along you will recognise that you have now rejoined the path from your outward leg.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Brilliant walk on a dry day! Can be steep & muddy in parts, took us a comfortable 3 hours including taking the wrong turn twice due to lack of concentration!!! We are an active couple in our 50s & found this walk very enjoyable.
|By harryandjool on 2015-02-14 14:17:57|
Fabulous walk. Well worth diverting up the drive to Peckforton castle for afternoon tea. Picnic on the witches steps is nice. Love the woods and the hills and the views of the castles are great. We park on the main road near Peckforton castle entrance to avoid the car park fees at bickerton castle
|By Lyndslee on 2015-05-30 09:33:30|
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