Click to buy PDF Version available here The Cheshire Cycleway is a km miles way-marked circular route around the county of Cheshire, which covers a wide variety of terrain ranging from steep climbs in the Peak District, through a network of quiet country lanes across to the Wirral Peninsula. The key benefit of a circular route is being able to join at any point that is convenient, therefore far easier to organise than an "end-to-end" route! The stages also have short-cut options, so enabling a pick-and-mix approach to planning your ride. The shortest combination is km miles and the longest is km miles. Each stage includes a detailed map and all the route options are available for free-download as. Detailed elevation profiles are included for each stage, together with individual analyses of all the notable climbs, so that you know which route options to plan and what to expect along the way.
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Rich fertile fields, rocky ridges, rivers and canals combine to ensure the view is always enticing. Quiet lanes lead to the Wirral and the pretty village of Burton with charming thatched cottages built on the underlying red sandstone.
Soon you reach Parkgate, once a bustling port and later a fashionable bathing spa. It still has the feel of a seaside resort with bracing air and exhilirating views of the Welsh hills across the Dee estuary. Look out for wildlife as you cycle along the Wirral Way or stop at the old station in Willaston. Be prepared for some gentle climbs as you leave Manley and head for Delamere Forest where there are plenty of places to stop for a picnic.
Both these played a key role in the development of the salt industry in Cheshire. Close to Comberbach is Marbury Country Park where you can stroll beneath magnificent lime avenues. There are fine views over Budworth Mere as you head towards the attractive village of Great Budworth. Rostherne is a delightful estate village built by the Egerton family.
At one time everyone would have been employed on the estate at Tatton Park. Dry stone walls crisscross the landscape, protecting foxgloves and delicate harebells from the wind and sheep. Soon you get your first glimpse of Shutlingsloe which will dominate the view for the next hour or so. The rocky summit is said to be a shoe, left behind by a giant. Just past Lamaload Reservoir you cross the A, the highest point on the Cycleway at m. Stop for a well-earned rest and admire the panoramic views before a relaxing descent through Wildboarclough.
Down on the plain once more, quiet roads shaded with majestic oaks lead you to the splendid half-timbered church at Marton. Hassall Green where the canal met the railway was a busy place. Children from the boats had to attend the school here while goods were unloaded, even if it was only for half an hour. Look out for the leaning church tower at Wybunbury, another local landmark.
Close by is Wybunbury Moss, a national nature reserve home to rare plants and animals. From here you cycle south to Audlem where bear baiting took place during the annual Wakes. The rolling countryside around Wrenbury and Marbury is dotted with meres, formed in the last ice age but today appreciated by people and wildlife alike. The whole village moved away from the church during the plague to minimise risk of infection.
Soon the Peckforton Hills loom large. The wooded sandstone ridge has been a magnet for people since the Iron Age, providing fine vantage points over the Welsh borders for hill forts and castles alike. Look out for wildflowers such as meadow sweet and broad leaved willow herb in the hedgerows along the way.
Cheshire – our firm favourite for cycling
It runs along National Cycle Network Route with nice views of the surrounding countryside. You could extend your exercise by exploring the acre country park with its river, waterfall and the 12th century ruins of Ewloe Castle. Also nearby is the fascinating ruins of Flint Castle with views over the Dee Estuary. In Chester you can explore the city on the Chester Walls Walk. The route runs for just over 12 miles with views of the Macclesfield Canal and the Cheshire countryside. For cyclists please note that a mountain bike is required for this route as there are some fairly rugged off road sections. Highlights on this route include the beautiful Peak District scenery and the Middlewood Way - an off road path passing by the Macclesfield Canal.
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