Sandstone Trail

One of the popular walks in Britain.

If you are looking for something a bit more sedate then you can experience the natural beauty of the area by walking along the Sandstone Trail. This is an official walk across Cheshire and begins (or ends depending where you start!) just outside the Bear's Paw pub at the junction of Main Street, Church Street and High Street in the town centre. This is a 32 mile (51 km) long-distance walkers' path, following sandstone ridges running north–south from Frodsham in central Cheshire to Whitchurch.

Top of Frodsham Hill

The Sandstone Trail can be walked as three separate sections. The trail is marked with finger posts and waymark discs and allows walkers to enjoy each town along the way. Starting at the new landmark in Frodsham the route passes Alvanley Cliff, through Delamere Park and then into Willington. The middle section gives excellent views of Peckforton and Beeston Castles. The final section links Bickerton Hill, Grindley Brook and ends in Whitchurch.

Be Prepared

1 Wear sensible clothing and footwear such as strong shoes or walking boots is recommended and the Trail runs mainly across country where it can be wet and muddy.

2 Take waterproof gear with you. There aren't too many places to shelter along the trail and you can be quite a distance from any facilities such as cafe's, shop or pubs.

3 Carry with you refreshments, something to eat and plenty to drink.

4 Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged.

5 Take money with you for refreshments, bus or taxi.

6 Other optional extras would be a pair of binoculars and a field guide to British Wildlife.

Be Safe

2 Walk along the right-hand side of the road, facing oncoming traffic (except on blind bends or where common sense dictates otherwise.

3 Beware of steep slopes and unfenced cliff edges along the trail.

4 Be careful around livestock and farm machinery, especially if you have children.

5 Carry a hat and sunscreen in Summer.

6 If you do have an accident, make an accurate note of your position and call the emergency services on 999.