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7 walks near the Sandstone Trail

PUBLISHED: 00:00 19 October 2016 | UPDATED: 19:51 15 August 2018

Sandstone Trail

Sandstone Trail


A selection of walks centred around the route of the Sandstone Trail in Cheshire.

Sandstone Trail markerSandstone Trail marker

The Sandstone Trail is the finest longer walk in the county and an absolute must for anyone interested in the art of pedestrianism.

It runs north to south from Frodsham to Whitchurch in Shropshire, a distance of 34 miles that can be covered quite easily in three days.

If you simply don’t have the time or even the inclination to take the full trail, you can still explore this beautiful part of Cheshire with this series of much shorter walks.

View from Woodhouse HillView from Woodhouse Hill

Frodsham and Woodhouse Hill

This walk starts out from Frodsham and follows part of the Sandstone Trail, taking in Woodhouse Hill which was a prehistoric hilltop enclosure.

The view from Helsby HillThe view from Helsby Hill

Helsby Hill

This walk briefly follows the trail for a kilometre or so through Snidley Moor Wood, but also visits the top of Helsby Hill, so you can enjoy the fantastic views as well.

Manley CommonManley Common

Mouldsworth and Manley Common

The Eddisbury Way runs from Frodsham to Burwardsley in the Peckforton Hills and is 17 miles in length, well way-marked and a decent challenge for when the days are longer. The Sandstone Trail traverses this area too and we meet it for part of the walk.


Kelsall and Boothsdale

Kelsall village nestles below the sandstone ridge that runs north to south from Frodsham to Beeston. The Sandstone Trail runs along this ridge but doesn’t touch Kelsall itself, sticking to the higher ground.



Tarporley is at about the half-way point of the 34 miles of the Sandstone Trail between Frodsham and Whitchurch, this walk is based around the village.

En route to Raw Head Hill near Burwardsley.En route to Raw Head Hill near Burwardsley.


This walk takes in the Sandstone Trail around Burwardsey and awards you with some wonderful views from vantage points at Raw Head and Bulkeley Hill.

A boater awaits his turn for the Grindley Brook staircase locksA boater awaits his turn for the Grindley Brook staircase locks

Whitchurch and the Shropshire Union Canal

The Sandstone Trail ends (or begins) in Whitchurch depending on which way you look at it. This walk takes in the Shropshire Union Canal which also runs into Cheshire.

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