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Beeston and Peckforton Castles is a 3.6 mile loop trail located near Tarporley, Cheshire, England and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Length 3.6 mi Elevation gain 597 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Walking Partially paved Historic site
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Getting There

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.

The walk starts from the pay and display car park opposite the entrance to Beeston Castle, on Church Lane in Beeston, near Taporley. The parking fee is £3 per day (correct Apr 2018). Approximate post code CW6 9TX.

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chris murray
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nice walk not too far but a good way to spend a few hours. they have a takeaway hut at start and finish if you want a tea or something. parking at start of walk is £3 for all day.

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Hannah Mycock
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Hiking

Lovely Sunday afternoon walk, easy to follow and suitable for all ages and abilities (however there are stairs). Will definitely do this walk again.

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Graham. Ogden
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Walking

Great walk, lovely scenery

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paul foster
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Vicki Henshaw
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WalkingGreat!

Great route, easy to follow, some steeper stairs but very manageable all round. Some great views of the castles too. Suitable for dogs but must be kept on leads for most of the route.

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Laura Jayne Valentine
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HikingGreat!

Really easy route, mainly on clear footpaths or open fields. Predominantly kissing gates rather than stiles. There are a few hill sections to get your heart going. There isn’t really anywhere to sit and have lunch but able room at the car park and cafe by the entrance to Beeston Castle English Heritage site. I’ve seen lots of children and dogs, no doubt enticed by the ice cream at the end. Easy one to make a bit longer with a multitude of alternative footpaths to make longer as I did!

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Rachael Shah
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Hiking

Fab route clear guidance and using the active map route recording helps to sense check the turnings. Would do that again

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Simon Kendall
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Hiking

Easy and lovely walk.

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Jo Jo
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beautiful day, great walk. First time using this app, really clear instructions too

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Matthew Record
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Hiking

Great trail- First time I have used the app the waypoints were spot on! Me three poodles and my two daughters aged 4-6 they enjoyed it! Few fairytale stories about the Castles and they loved the poppies In the field at the end ! Winner

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Nadia Jaundrell
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Hiking

Fresh scenic walk

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shai Brelsford
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I took my 7 year old for a walk. The last part was quite tricky as we never came across a kissing gate on the right. Be aware that there isn't anywhere for you to sit and have lunch. Otherwise it was a lovely walk.

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Ann Butcher
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Hiking

Lovely evening walk with great views.

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Don Phillips
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Hiking

nice steady walk apart from the witches steps, which definitely get the heart pumping

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Callum Wardle
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Hiking

Perfect for a lovely scenic stroll, throughout the Cheshire countryside, really enjoyed this walk.

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Sue Kersey
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Hiking

Payed £3.50 for the car park at Beeston Castle. This walk took around 2 hours with some short stops. The paths were dry and the only strenuous part was the short climb up the witches steps. As most of the walk is in the woods, the views were lacking but there were far-reaching views from the fields below. A very enjoyable walk.

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Deborah Spurdle
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Lovely walk 😊 managed this with 2 children aged 7 and 10 and our large lurcher Pablo, loved the map and gps as it gave us a lot more confidence and would definitely do this walk again.

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Colin freeth
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We had a most enjoyable walk which wasn't too strenuous, although the witches staircase was a bit of a challenge! Lovely views of both castles at various points during the walk. We'll definitely be doing this walk again!

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Kevin Rowlands
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Jonathan Fenney
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Andrew Critchley
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james harrop
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Darren Woodall
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Rebecca Matzen
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May Mohd
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May Mohd
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Misti Ollier
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Harry McElroy
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Adam Moore
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Paige Hulse
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