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|Bickerton Hills and Sandstone Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 18 Feb 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile circular walk taking in the Bickerton Hills which form part of the Sandstone Trail in Cheshire. A really popular route with walkers, the trail is fairly strenuous but you will be rewarded throughout with stunning views of the surrounding valleys. On clear days it is possible to see as far as the Liver Building and Ellesmere Port. |
The route has many climbs and descents, some of which are fairly steep. There are 4 stiles (which are tall and do have wire fencing around so dogs may need a lift over), a few kissing gates and several flights of steps set into the woodland and sandstone trail. The paths can get quite muddy after periods of wet weather and the paths are very uneven with rocks and tree roots, so sturdy waterproof boots are recommended. Whilst the route is just over 3 miles in length, the undulating nature of the terrain adds further distance so allow 1.5 to 2 hours.
The walk starts from the car park alongside the Bickerton Poacher pub which is on the A534 Wrexham Road in Bulkeley. Approximate post code SY14 8BE.
|Start to Coppermine Lane|
Start point: 53.0855 lat, -2.7125 long
From the Bickerton Poacher pub car park, cross over the village road with care and take the signed footpath opposite. Go up the steps and through a kissing gate and follow the fenced path heading fairly steeply uphill. Keep left at the first fork, continuing uphill. Go up the blockwork steps and through another gate to continue on the steep woodland path.
|Coppermine Lane to Sandstone Trail|
Start point: 53.0872 lat, -2.7189 long
Turn left along Coppermine Lane taking care of any traffic. Follow the lane heading steadily downhill passing Lilac Cottage on the left. As the lane bends hard left, fork right up the steps and over a stile alongside a cave.
|Sandstone Trail to Rawhead|
Start point: 53.0815 lat, -2.7261 long
Turn right to follow the Sandstone Trail. Join the stone lane heading uphill and signed to Rawhead passing to the left of the large stone farmhouse. After the farmhouse, pass through a metal kissing gate and continue on the well worn fenced trail.
|Rawhead to Woodland Gate|
Start point: 53.0885 lat, -2.7354 long
Rawhead is the highest point on the Sandstone Trail sitting at 227 metres (746 feet) above sea level. The trail follows the Mid-Cheshire Ridge – an ancient red sandstone ridge – and there is evidence of a settlement in these hills dating back to the Neolithic or Bronze Age.
|Woodland Gate to End|
Start point: 53.0899 lat, -2.7138 long
Pass through the gate and a few paces later you will reach a three-way signpost. Here you fork right, leaving the Sandstone Trail, taking the smaller path signed to Stonehouse Lane and Bickerton Poacher. Follow the path as it swings right and after a short distance fork right again (signed for Bickerton Poacher) passing through a metal kissing gate and onto an open grass path.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Fantastic walk with some beautiful views. Steep climbs are worth it.
|By meaghan on 20 Feb 2015|
Stunning views, history and adventure, woods, hills steep cliffs, caves, mines and chimneys galore. Wasn't sure if I was on a walk or in a lord of the rings movie, expected trolls and orcs around every corner. Really simple walk to follow with options for further exploration if you wish. If you don't want to park at the pub park at the end of copper mine lane and join the walk there
|By Lyndslee on 30 May 2015|
Jan 2016 wet and muddy but good fun. Great views, but tough for my dad at 77 but for me great. Pub for lunch great too
|By carolegeorgi on 09 Jan 2016|
Great walk with some beautiful views over the Cheshire countryside. Some quite steep climbs with, at one point, a steep drop to one side which was a bit scary, but well worth the exertion. Back to the Bickerton Poacher for a delicious Sunday roast (finishes at 5pm - we just made it!)
|By hellydilly on 20 Mar 2016|
Recommend. Walked with baby in carrier, 1.5hrs. Stunning views for relatively little effort. Although steep at the start it soon evens out.
|By hellosharpy on 30 May 2016|
March 2017..great walk. Steep at the beginning but soon evens out. Fantastic views and an enjoyable walk. Back to the Bickerton Poacher for a snack and refreshments.
|By laineylew on 04 Apr 2017|
a gorgeous little walk, with enough climb in it to feel like we earned our dinner at the Poacher (how could we resist when all the signs lead back there?)
|By kaybee on 19 Apr 2017|
Lovely walk, not too hard but views are fantastic. Did this 40 years ago, and great to return to it
|By clarep on 22 Apr 2017|
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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