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Best trails in Cheshire

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Trying to find the best Cheshire trails? AllTrails has 146 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Macclesfield, Chester or Northwich, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 80 easy trails in Cheshire ranging from 0.7 to 14.9 miles and from 16 to 1,837 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Cheshire
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#1 - The Roaches and Lud's Church Circular Walk
Peak District National Park
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 3 m
From the road, climb about 500 ft to the ridge. Hike along the ridge and get great views of East Cheshire, The Staffordshire Dales, and sights such as Bosley Cloud (also a good hike), and Kinder Scout. Descend through a pasture, and follow sign left to Lud's Church. This not a physical church but a 60 ft deep chasm that was used in the 14th century as a meeting place by the Lollard sect. There is much in Wikipedia on both the Lollards and Lud's Church.Show more
#2 - Bulkeley Hill and Maiden Castle
Tarporley, Cheshire, England
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Length: 9.7 mi • Est. 4 h 51 m
This walk goes through National Trust land with spectacular views and follows the Sandstone Trail to Maiden Castle. Show more
#3 - Weavers Way: Frodsham to Northwich
Frodsham, Cheshire, England
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Length: 13 mi • Est. 5 h 48 m
A walk from Frodsham to Northwich, which more or less follows the Weaver Way.Show more
#4 - Styal and Airport Circular Walk
Wilmslow, Cheshire, England
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
A circular walk from Styal village through the Bollin valley and back past the runway of Manchester Airport. After the walk you can explore Styal village with its thatched cottages and half timbered buildings. The walk crosses the River Bollin several times and can be muddy in winter. There are some steep climbs. You will need to negotiate several gates (including kissing gates), footbridges and flights of steps. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours.Show more
#5 - Sandstone Trail and Utkinton Loop
Tarporley, Cheshire, England
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 4 h 32 m
#6 - Frodsham and Sandstone Trail
Frodsham, Cheshire, England
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
A 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. Show more
#7 - Teggs Nose, Ridgegate Reservoir and Trentabank Reservoir Walk
Peak District National Park
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 42 m
Great trail for a moderate walk. Path takes you down to the reservoirs, past farms with sheep and cattle, through pine tree woods mysterious and dark, as well as broad-leafed tree forests full of shrubbery and rugged old trees. Undulating terrain and very visually stimulating surroundings. Lovely walk around the reservoirs, pubs to be found near the roadside for refreshments. Parking at Tegg's Nose Country Park car park costs £3 for the day, cards accepted.Show more
#8 - Helsby Hill
Frodsham, Cheshire, England
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Length: 9.2 mi • Est. 4 h 21 m
This is a circular walk covering Helsby Hill, Harmers Wood, Fox Hill, Woodhouse Hill, Overton Hill, Frodsham and Frodsham Marsh. There are a lot of steps up and down on this walk but a good one to do.Show more
#9 - White Nancy Circular Walk
Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
#10 - Beeston and Peckforton Castles
Tarporley, Cheshire, England
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
A 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.Show more
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