After a pleasant ramble along a stream, the effort of climbing to the TV mast is rewarded by a scenic ridge walk.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Turn right from the front door and walk downhill along the road for ¼ mile. Just beyond a row of terraced cottages on your left, leave the road for a track on the left. At a metalled drive, turn left again, past a farm Ignore a turning to the left and cross a cattle grid and follow the track as it descends to a second cattle grid and the stream.
(1) Pass Redwood Farm on your left, then cross the stream and climb the track beyond. After another cattle grid, and before you reach Civit Hills Farm, take a path on the left which drops towards the stream and then climbs slightly to a gate. Pass a pond and keep to the right-hand side above the stream beyond. Beyond another gate, the path climbs then descends and then proceeds along the stream bank as it approaches Lower Pethills Farm (on the other side of the stream). Beyond the farm, leave the stream to climb the bank to your right, to a gate and a crossing over a small side-stream. Cross the next field to a gate, then turn left between the buildings of Higher Pethills Farm.
(2) Beyond the farm buildings, before a junction, turn right through a field gate. Head up the right-hand side of the field beyond, with the stream to your left. At the end of the field turn right and walk up a track that then swings left. Bear right, with a gappy hedge on your right, to a stile by a gate, and walk up the hill beyond, crossing a further stile beyond a farm drive. At the top of this field, cross two stiles to reach the A54 road, where you turn right.
(3) After a short distance, turn right down a farm track. Follow it until the hedge on the left ends, then leave the track to climb the field on your left in the direction of the TV tower at the top of the hill. Cross a single then a double stile, before swinging left towards the farm to the left of the tower. When you reach the access road, turn right and pass the tower compound. Follow the track beyond, with wide views over the Cheshire Plain and beyond. When the main track swings left and downhill, take a lesser track on the right, keeping to the ridge top. At a gate, cross the stile to the right and keep along the ridge, with a wall on your left.
Descend to a gate, where the wall switches to your right. Beyond another gate, pass through two kissing gates, the second on your right, and head round the right-hand sides of the next field to a third kissing gate. Follow the path downhill towards a quarry, then bear right. Beyond a fourth kissing gate follow a line of trees downhill, then turn right over a stile. Cross the head of a small dry valley and follow it downhill. Beyond a stile and gate, walk along a field edge and pass below Foxbank Farm on a paved path, before dropping down to the road.
(4) Turn right and retrace your steps up the road to the Ryles Arms.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 738ft - The Ryles Arms
1 : mi 0.76 - alt. 791ft - Redwood Farm
2 : mi 1.51 - alt. 909ft - Higher Pethills Farm
3 : mi 2.04 - alt. 1122ft - A54
4 : mi 4.19 - alt. 682ft - Hollin Lane
D/A : mi 4.48 - alt. 738ft - The Ryles Arms
One stiff climb up to the TV mast; Some muddy sections along the stream valley in winter.
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The Ryles Arms is independently owned and has a history dating back to the 1500s. In the past, it has been a blacksmith, the local sweet shop and for the past century has mostly been a public house for the locals to enjoy.
Since taking on the Ryles in September 2010, Alex and his team have focused on providing all customers who walk through the doors with great-quality food and service. The menu now boasts such variety that there truly is something for everyone, whether it be fine dining, pub favourites or a second-to-none steak from our flame grill.
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