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Varied walking from the Peak District fringe to the sandstone hills of the mid-Cheshire ridge and across the wide Dee valley to the foothills of the Clwydian mountains.
  • The White Lion, Alvanley
    • Alvanley stroll (2 miles): A pleasant stroll around the village and surrounding farmland, with wide views in all directions.
    • Helsby Hill (3½ miles): A rewarding field and woodland walk to a local landmark with a commanding view over the Mersey estuary.
    • Woodhouse and Helsby Hills (6½ miles): Two hillforts, mixed walking in farmland and woodland, and rocky outcrops with wide views.
  • The Egerton Arms, Broxton
    • Broxton Old Hall (2½ miles): Fantastic views over the Cheshire Plain and a sneaky peek at a grand Tudor mansion.
    • Maiden Castle (5½ miles): A steady climb through heath and woodland to the Sandstone Trail and Maiden Castle, an Iron Age hillfort.
    • Bickerton Hill and Raw Head (8¼ miles): An extended walk along the Sandstone Trail, giving fine views and including several highlights of the mid-Cheshire ridge.
  • The Fishpool Inn, Delamere
    • The Urchin’s Kitchen (1½ miles): A short woodland stroll visiting an interesting and atmospheric geological curiosity.
    • Old Pale & Eddisbury Hillfort (3 miles): A rewarding walk with wide views and a visit to a well-preserved Iron Age fort.
    • Primrose Hill & Utkinton (6¼ miles): A mixture of woodland and farmland walking, with good views and a visit to a pleasant Cheshire village (no pub).
  • Netherton Hall, Frodsham
    • Overton Hill (2 miles): A pleasant woodland stroll to a nearby war memorial with fine views over the Mersey Estuary to Liverpool.
    • Frodsham Marsh (4.6 miles): An interesting, level walk around the bird-rich lagoons and reed-beds of Frodsham Marsh – take your binoculars!
    • Helsby Hill and Alvanley (6.6 miles): Two hillforts, mixed walking in farmland and woodland, and rocky outcrops with wide views.
  • The Parr Arms, Grappenhall
    • Grappenhall stroll (1½ miles): An easy stroll around the picturesque village of Grappenhall, including woodland walks.
    • Grappenhall Heys & The Dingle (4¼ miles): Easy walking through woodland and former parkland, with the picturesque valley of Lumb Brook as a highlight.
    • Lymm & the Penny Ferry (7½ miles): Much of interest, including a visit to historic Lymm and an (optional) crossing of the historic Penny Ferry.
  • The Hornsmill, Helsby
    • Dunham-on-the-Hill & Hapsford (4¼ miles): Explore two interesting villages full of historic buildings.
    • Helsby Hill (6 miles): Experience superb views, intriguing industrial relics and a pleasant return through rolling Cheshire countryside.
  • The Pheasant Inn, Higher Burwardsley
    • Waste Hill (2 miles): A short but satisfying walk featuring good views, quiet lanes and tracks, and sunlight-dappled woodland.
    • Bulkeley Hill (3¼ miles): Enjoyable farmland and woodland walking with superb views over the Peckforton Hills and the Cheshire Plain.
    • Beeston Castle (4¾ miles): A fine scenic walk with views of two castles, one an authentic medieval fortification, the other a Victorian country house now used for weddings and conferences.
  • The Hanging Gate, Higher Sutton
    • Rossendale Brook (2¼ miles): A streamside and farmland stroll with fine views to Sutton Common.
    • Kinderfields Edge (2¾ miles): A walk through sheep pastures with wide views and sturdy stone-built hillfarms.
    • Macclesfield Forest & Shutlingsloe (6½ miles): An invigorating climb to a notable summit with glorious forest and moorland views (no dogs).
  • The Ryles Arms, Higher Sutton
    • Gritstone stroll (1½ miles): A fairly easy stroll up the hill behind the pub, offering good views to Tegg’s Nose and Sutton Common.
    • Sutton Common (4½ miles): After a pleasant streamside ramble, the effort of climbing to the TV mast is rewarded by a scenic ridge walk.
    • Langley and Tegg’s Nose (6½ miles): Featuring rolling hills, wooded reservoirs and an optional climb to a viewpoint with geological and industrial interest.
  • The Royal Oak, Kelsall
    • Shay Lane and Kelsall (3 miles): A short farmland walk featuring a pretty green lane and extensive views to Liverpool and the Clwydian mountains, and an exploration of Kelsall village.
    • Little Switzerland (3½ miles): A scenic walk featuring wide views over Kelsall and beyond, and a pretty wooded valley.
    • Old Pale and the Urchin’s Kitchen (5½ miles): An extended farmland and woodland walk along the Sandstone Trail, with fine views over seven counties!
  • The Crown, Lymm
    • Lymm Dam (2¼ miles): An easy stroll round Lymm’s best-known beauty spot, plus a visit to the historic village centre.
    • Two Canals Walk (4½ miles): Varied rural walking including contrasting sections of canals that are among England’s youngest and oldest.
    • Penny Ferry & Grappenhall (7½ miles): Much of interest, including an (optional) crossing of the historic Penny Ferry and a visit to pretty Grappenhall.
  • The Jolly Thesher, Lymm
    • Bridgewater Canal (3 miles): An easy stroll through fields and woods and along the canal towpath.
    • Lymm and the Dam (5¼ miles): An extended stroll through historic Lymm and round its picturesque wooded lake.
    • Dunham Massey (6½ miles): Visit a magnificent deer park and stately home, with peaceful canalside interludes.
    • Trans-Pennine Trail (16 miles): A fairly level bike ride along a converted railway, bridleways and quiet country lanes.
  • The Hare and Hounds, Marple
    • Chadkirk Chapel (2 miles): A level walk full of interest, visiting a historic chapel, a holy well and a stretch of the River Goyt.
    • Goyt Hall and Chadkirk (3¾ miles): Along the Goyt to a historic half-timbered farmhouse, returning via the Peak Forest Canal and Chadkirk.
    • River Goyt & Marple Aqueduct (7¾ miles): A rewarding walk along varied waterways, featuring historic buildings and striking canal architecture.
  • Mellor & Townscliffe Golf Course, Mellor
    For directions by car, please see www.walksfromthedoor.co.uk/mellorgolf_directions
    • Mellor Church (1½ miles): Visit the intriguing ridge-top church of St Thomas the Apostle, and explore the stream-side village of Mellor.
    • Peak Forest Canal (3½ miles): Featuring a peaceful stretch of the Peak Forest Canal and the historic ‘Roman Bridge’ over the River Goyt.
    • Roman Lakes and Mellor Cross (4½ miles): Varied walking in the Goyt valley, plus a visit to Mellor Cross, with views to Kinder Scout and the Cheshire Plain.
  • Mellor March, Mellor
    The Mellor March is an annual charity walk, starting from the Royal Oak in Mellor, held in May each year. See website for details.
    • The Mellor March (9¾ miles): An energetic charity walk through pretty valleys, stone-built villages and airy hillsides. Various hostelries en route. The Rowarth Loop, visiting the enigmatic Robin Hood's Picking Rods, extends the walk to 11 miles.
  • The Oddfellows, Mellor
    • Mellor stroll (2 miles): Visit the intriguing ridge-top church of St Thomas the Apostle, and explore the stream-side village of Mellor.
    • Brook Bottom and Mill Brow (4 miles): Fine views, attractive stone-built hamlets and a pleasant stream-side interlude.
    • Roman Lakes and Cobden Edge (5 miles): Superb views, bird-rich lakes, historic buildings and a bracing climb to a hilltop cross amid gritstone quarries.
  • The Plough and Flail, Mobberley
    • Saltersley Hall and Rossmere (2¾ miles): Historic farmhouses, a picturesque lake and wildlife-rich woodland and peatland.
    • Graveyard Lane (3 miles): Farmland walking along tracks and field paths, returning via Saltersley Hall and an area of heathery peatland.
    • Rossmere & Lindow Common (5¼ miles): An interesting, level walk around the peatlands and heathlands of Lindow Moss, passing two attractive lakes.
  • The Goshawk, Mouldsworth
    • Mouldsworth circular (2¼ miles): An easy stroll along quiet lanes and footpaths.
    • Brine’s Brow (4 miles): Fields and wooded stream valleys on the fringes of Delamere Forest.
    • Swinford Mill & Manley Old Hall (6 miles): Historic buildings and low-lying meadows.
    • Delamere Forest (9½ miles): A mountain-bike route through the woods with an alternative start at Linmere Lodge.
  • The Boat House, Parkgate
    • Parkgate stroll (2 miles): Enjoy views over the Dee marshes, sample the Wirral Way, and explore Parkgate village.
    • Gayton and Parkgate (4 miles): Estuary-side walking and a pleasant hillside return with good views.
    • Wirral Way and the Old Quays (4½ miles): Echoes of the past with former railway lines and disused quaysides alongside the Dee.
    • Deeside circular (cycle route) (19 miles): A partly traffic-free route on former railway lines, estuarine cycle-paths and quiet lanes.
  • The Red Lion, Pickmere
    • Pick Mere (2½ miles): An easy, scenic stroll around a popular lake
    • Holford Hall & Plumley (5 miles): A level stroll featuring points of interest old and new.
    • Arley Hall & Great Budworth (8¾ miles): A lengthy walk to a country house and delightful village.
  • The Smoker, Plumley
    • Holford Hall (2.4 miles): An easy stroll visiting a historic house and the site of a former watermill.
    • Tabley Estate and Holford Moss (6.2 miles): Skirting Tabley Hall to the birch woodland of Holford Moss and its intriguing brine wells and lime beds.
    • Pickmere (4.4 or 6.3 miles): An impressive radio telescope and an optional circuit of the beautiful lake at Pickmere.
  • The Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa, Pulford
    • Pulford and Lavister (1½ miles): A short stroll round two villages, one in England and one in Wales.
    • Poulton and Pulford Brook (4½ miles): A pleasant and undemanding walk through the low-lying meadows of the Dee Valley.
    • Poulton and the River Alyn (6½ miles): A peaceful walk in the low-lying Dee valley using a mix of farm tracks, quiet country lanes and field paths, including a pleasant stretch along the River Alyn.
  • Harrop Fold Farm, Rainow
    Please note: vehicular access to Harrop Fold Farm is strictly for residents only. Non-residents should begin these routes elsewhere.
    • Harrop Valley (2¾ miles): A gentle exploration of a delightful wooded valley with plenty of scope for varying the distance.
    • To the Swan at Kettleshulme (5½ miles): A hilly walk over a scenic ridge to a pretty Cheshire village and its pub.
    • Sponds Hill and Lyme Park (7 miles): An energetic walk through the deer park of one of Cheshire’s finest stately homes (closes 6pm).
  • The Stamford Bridge Inn, Tarvin
    • Great Barrow circular (2¾ miles): Stroll through watermeadows and along a hollow way to a ridge-top village, returning via Watling Street.
    • Tarvin and the Roman Bridges (5½ miles): Historic features and old buildings abound on this meadow and riverside walk.
    • Great Barrow and Plemstall (6½ miles): Two contrasting villages, one on a hilltop and the other in the lonely valley of the River Gowy.
  • The Bears Paw, Warmingham
    • Warmingham circular (2 miles): A short farmland walk offering views over the village, and a pleasant stretch alongside the River Wheelock.
    • The Moat and Watch Lane Flash (4 miles): An interesting walk that visits several of the Sandbach Flashes, a series of intriguing lakes formed by subsidence after salt extraction.
    • Sandbach Flashes and the River Wheelock (6 miles): An extended walk visiting many of the Sandbach Flashes and including sections along the Trent and Mersey Canal and River Wheelock.
  • The Hanging Gate, Weaverham
    • Weaverham stroll (2.9 miles): A pleasant stroll around the village including a riverside section within a Community Woodland.
    • Acton Bridge (3.5 miles): A walk along field-paths to a neighbouring village, with views over the Weaver valley.
    • Dutton Locks & the Weaver (8 miles): Varied walking through rolling countryside with a scenic stretch along the Weaver Navigation.
  • The Cheshire Cheese, Wheelock
    • Wheelock Rail Trail and the Trent & Mersey Canal (1¼ miles): An easy stroll that packs a lot into its short distance.
    • River Wheelock and the Trent & Mersey (3¼ miles): Two contrasting waterways lead you through pleasant Cheshire countryside.
    • Sandbach Crosses, River Wheelock and the Trent & Mersey (5¼ miles): A historic town centre, pretty stream valleys and an easy canalside return.