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Three Shires Head and Knotbury from Gradbach
distance 6.96mi Vertical gain +692ft Vertical drop -686ft Durée 3h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

A Peak District walk full of interest that visits Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire. The route is generally easy to follow and the highlights are the packhorse bridges at Three Shires Head, the quarries at Danebower and some excellent panoramas.

Wildboarclough & Shutlingsloe
distance 6.82mi Vertical gain +1175ft Vertical drop -1152ft Durée 4h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Cheshire

A route to the summit of the Cheshire Matterhorn and more!

distance 5.9mi Vertical gain +105ft Vertical drop -85ft Durée 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Whitegate and Marton - Cheshire

An accessible, easy and varied walk that crosses woods, fields and makes the most of the lovely Whitegate Way. Free parking at Whitegate station and a lovely coffee shop run by volunteers.

Three Shires Head from Danebower Hollow
distance 4.65mi Vertical gain +545ft Vertical drop -548ft Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

A short Peak District walk that explores the area around Three Shires Head where the counties of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire meet. The route uses sections of old packhorse routes as well as footpaths.

Shutlingsloe from Trentabank
distance 2.99mi Vertical gain +696ft Vertical drop -699ft Durée 2h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Cheshire

A short walk in the Cheshire sector of the Peak District National Park. Shutlingsloe is known as the Cheshire Matterhorn and offers some excellent views.

distance 4.98mi Vertical gain +715ft Vertical drop -705ft Durée 2h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Disley - Cheshire

This is a nice short walk offering wonderful views. The seasonal colour changes of the countryside make this Cheshire walk worth repeating during the year. The route starts from Disley and climbs onto Black Rocks offering some great views.

distance 7.04mi Vertical gain +1129ft Vertical drop -1106ft Durée 4h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Cheshire

This Cheshire walk lies within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park and provides a pleasant excursion into this surprisingly beautiful part of Britain. The walk includes the viewpoint of Tegg's Nose and the trio of reservoirs in the valley.

distance 4.23mi Vertical gain +610ft Vertical drop -574ft Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

This Peak District walk explores the quieter side of the Staffordshire Roaches visiting the rocky cleft of Lud's Church before exploring the moorland and woodland of Back Forest. The views into Cheshire are excellent. Route finding is fine provided you take care when descending from Roach End.

distance 5.15mi Vertical gain +659ft Vertical drop -666ft Durée 2h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Disley - Cheshire

This Cheshire walk starts from Disley and explores Lyme Park including Cage Hill. The route keeps to low level paths so is ideal for those cloudy days when the bigger hills are covered in mist.

Walking Lyme Park from Poynton ( Download : )
distance 10.2mi Vertical gain +1096ft Vertical drop -1073ft Durée 5h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Poynton-with-Worth - Cheshire

A route that takes in the delights of the countryside surrounding Lyme Park

Walking Kettleshulme & Sponds Hill ( Download : )
distance 7.64mi Vertical gain +1188ft Vertical drop -1168ft Durée 4h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Pott Shrigley - Cheshire

The Cheshire sector of the Peak District National Park is often seen as uninteresting and this route goes some way to dispel this myth. The route does have a couple of lengthy steep ascents towards the end but effort is rewarded with excellent and varied landscapes. Conditions underfoot can be very wet after heavy rain so appropriate footwear is essential.

distance 7.7mi Vertical gain +1572ft Vertical drop -1545ft Durée 4h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Cheshire

A Cheshire walk that explores the area around the Macclesfield Forest. The route includes Shutlingsloe, views towards Wildboarclough, the Cat & Fiddle and the Macclesfield Forest

distance 10.54mi Vertical gain +1706ft Vertical drop -1713ft Durée 6h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Rainow - Cheshire

The Cheshire sector of the Peak District offers a great variety of walking and this route is no exception. The route includes a section of ridge walking with a lower level return through quiet countryside to complete the walk.

distance 6.42mi Vertical gain +636ft Vertical drop -640ft Durée 3h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

A pleasant Peak District walk in the Staffordshire Moorlands. The route uses a mixture of paths, tracks and quiet country lanes to explore the area. For many, the highlight will be Three Shires Head with its packhorse bridge and waterfalls.

distance 6.22mi Vertical gain +801ft Vertical drop -771ft Durée 3h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lyme Handley - Cheshire

Lyme Park in Cheshire is popular with visitors yet this walk explores quiet paths and tracks to the south of the Country Park. Navigation is generally easy and the reward for your efforts are some fine views.

distance 19.56mi Vertical gain +1483ft Vertical drop -1490ft Durée 10h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Cheshire

The Gritstone Trail runs for 56 km through the Cheshire countryside, west of the Peak District, from Disley to Kidsgrove. This third stage picks up the trail at The Cloud, having left Congleton in a circular route using the Dales Valley Way and the towpath along the Macclesfield Canal to the aqueduct over the River Dale. The route passes Timbersbrook, Nick i' th' Hill, Cheshire's Close, Mow Cop and rejoins the Macclesfield Canal before following the Trent & Mersey Canal into Kidsgrove.

distance 17.51mi Vertical gain +2060ft Vertical drop -2103ft Durée 9h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Cheshire

The Gritstone Trail runs for 56 km through the Cheshire countryside, west of the Peak District, from Disley to Kidsgrove. This second stage picks up the trail at Langley, having left Macclesfield and taken the towpath along the Macclesfield Canal to Sutton Hall. From Langley, the route weaves its way over Croker Hill and Wincle Minn, joins the Dale Valley Way and climbs up to The Cloud (343m) before coming off the trail to Congleton.

distance 52.01mi Vertical gain +5528ft Vertical drop -5728ft Durée 3 days Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Cheshire

A three day trail starting at Disley and finishing at Kidsgrove. The route is split to enable either a stopover or return journey from Macclesfield and Congleton. Transport is by rail, starting at Disley Station (possible use of Macclesfield Station and Congleton Station) and terminating at Kidsgrove Station.

distance 14.93mi Vertical gain +1991ft Vertical drop -2159ft Durée 8h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Cheshire

The Gritstone Trail runs for 56 km through the Cheshire countryside, west of the Peak District, from Disley to Kidsgrove. This first stage starts at Disley Station, goes through Lime Park and up to the Bow Stones, over Sponds Hill (410m), past Bollington and on to the Saddle of Kerridge (over White Nancy), Tegg's Nose and down to Langley. At this point, this route leaves the trail to drop down to Macclesfield past The Hollins.

distance 9.65mi Vertical gain +1063ft Vertical drop -1060ft Durée 5h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

An exploration of northern Staffordshire that is rarely walked.

distance 3.96mi Vertical gain +430ft Vertical drop -430ft Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lyme Handley - Cheshire

This Cheshire walk explores Lyme Park and the lanes around Disley. Most of the route is within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park.

distance 5.44mi Vertical gain +699ft Vertical drop -623ft Durée 3h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

A Staffordshire walk that explores the valleys and high ground to the west of the Roaches.

distance 6.92mi Vertical gain +833ft Vertical drop -810ft Durée 3h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lyme Handley - Cheshire

This Peak District walk starts from Lyme Park and explores the moors lying to the south of this grand stately home. There is a short section of road walking along a quiet country lane.

Walking Rossendale Ramble ( Download : )
distance 12.32mi Vertical gain +1677ft Vertical drop -1654ft Durée 7h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Cheshire

This Cheshire Walk was produced to assist fundraising for the Rossendale Trust. The route covers a section of the Gritstone Way and other scenic parts of Cheshire. Some of the route lies within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park.

distance 7.67mi Vertical gain +1165ft Vertical drop -1168ft Durée 4h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Rainow - Cheshire

This walk visits the highest point in Cheshire, Shining Tor, and continues to Windgather Rocks, which are popular with climbers. Starting from Lamaload, this route offers varied content and some great views in the high moors of Cheshire and parts of Staffordshire.

distance 9.59mi Vertical gain +1030ft Vertical drop -1030ft Durée 5h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

Shining Tor is the highest point in Cheshire and the first objective of this Peak District walk. Crossing the border into Staffordshire the walk continues across Axe Edge Moor offering excellent views. The walk uses high moorland paths for most of the way and is best saved for a clear day.