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|The Old Hall Sandbach Town Trail|
|Author: pubwalker, Published: 21 Sep 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Cheshire, Cheshire East|
|A 2 mile circular pub walk from the Old Hall in Sandbach, Cheshire. The Old Hall is a marvellous Grade I listed building which was the residence of the Lords of the Manor of Sandbach, now lovingly converted to an excellent pub. The walking route explores the town of Sandbach with its many historic buildings, a beautiful park, the ancient market square and pretty old lanes. |
The walk has just a few gentle slopes and follows a mixture of tarmac paths/pavements plus some grass/dirt paths and tracks. The latter can be quite soft underfoot after rain so sensible shoes are a must. There is one small flight of steps to negotiate plus a handful of kissing gates but these are oversized so it would be possible to get a rugged pushchair round if it isn’t too muddy underfoot. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.
The walk starts and finishes from the Old Hall pub, on the High Street in Sandbach. Approximate post code CW11 1AL. The pub has its own small car park, but at busy times please use the free town car park alongside Waitrose on Brookhouse Road.
|Start to Library|
Start point: 53.1428 lat, -2.3605 long
The walk begins from the car park in front of the Old Hall pub. Spend a moment here to really admire the beauty of the building.
|Library to Ravenscroft Close|
Start point: 53.1454 lat, -2.3613 long
Turn right immediately after the library and pass through the ornate iron entrance gates of Sandbach Town Park. Swing left and then right, passing the first bowling green on the right. Keep ahead passing to the right of the Diamond Jubilee stone planter and then passing between play grounds. You’ll come to a T-junction in the path. Turn right passing a second bowling green on your right.
|Ravenscroft Close to Gawsworth Drive|
Start point: 53.1462 lat, -2.3565 long
Keep straight ahead along Ravenscroft Close. At the T-junction turn right and, after passing just a couple of properties, turn right again through a wooden kissing gate. After a short distance you’ll reach a T-junction in the path with an open meadow (and derelict building) opposite – this is the site of the town’s former waterworks.
|Gawsworth Drive to Ancient Crosses|
Start point: 53.1478 lat, -2.3566 long
Turn left along Gawsworth Drive and at the T-junction cross straight over to pass through more black metal gates, back into Sandbach Town Park. Pass the brick sub-station and continue on the tarmac path into the park. At the fork you’ll notice a young tree on the right, planted to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. To the left are older trees, planted for the Silver Jubilee of George V and the Coronation of George VI. At this fork keep right, following the path along the right-hand edge of the park.
|Ancient Crosses to End|
Start point: 53.144 lat, -2.3622 long
When you’ve finished admiring the crosses, come back to the High Street alongside the war memorial. Turn left for just a few paces and then turn right down the path opposite the black and white timber framed florist. Follow George’s Walk through a handful of small shops and you’ll emerge with the Post Office on the right.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author pubwalker and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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