<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Cheshire Life today click here

Cheshire Walks - Over Peover and Peover Park

PUBLISHED: 18:03 10 April 2012 | UPDATED: 16:19 17 February 2018

Pets graves at Peover Hall

Pets graves at Peover Hall

Keith Carter leads a walk through the countryside around one of the Peovers

Carvings Carvings

Is this the way to Peover?’ My question was addressed to an elderly man walking his elderly dog. He chuckled. ‘Now which one would that be? Over Peover? Lower? Peover Superior? Inferior?’

‘Which is this one?’

‘Ah, this is Peover Heath. Which one do you want?’

‘Over, I think.’

‘It’s as well to be sure. Carry straight on and you come to a crossroads. Go right there and in a mile or so you’ll come to Over Peover. You can’t miss it.’ As my father would say – famous last words.

The name Peover is pronounced ‘Peever’ and derives from the Anglo-Saxon ‘Peeffer’ meaning ‘a bright river’, referring to the stream known as Peover Eye. My destination was Over Peover and I found it at last thanks to the directions of my friend the dog-walker.

The village lies south of Knutsford and west of Macclesfield and is notable for Peover Hall, a fine Elizabethan manor house set in delightful park land. Family seat of the Mainwarings, when the line died out the estate went through a series of owners including one period when it was requisitioned as a prisoner-of-war camp. It was also the headquarters of General George S Patton during the preparations for D Day.

Burning the rubbish Burning the rubbish

1. Our walk this month starts at the Park Gate pub on Stocks Lane in the village. It’s ok to leave the car here but for larger parties you should let the landlord know (call 01625 861455). Turn right out of the pub car park and walk along Stocks Lane as far as the crossroads known as Four Lane Ends. A signpost points to Peover Hall and the Village Hall, the second turning on the left which we take, sticking to the signed footpath and entering the estate by a stout wooden gate.

Just past a tidy stables a gate takes us forward along an avenue of trees leading to a stile between two ponds. Head across park land to an ornamental gate and turn right but don’t go past the front of the hall which is private, opening with restricted hours in the summer. We follow a path past St Lawrence’s Church and a sad row of gravestones of much-loved family pets and a sundial which as far as I could tell was a few minutes slow.

We go through a stand of mature trees and at a stile leave the trees and turn left then right over a second stile. Keep along a right hand fence and at a barrier enter a copse for a short distance before exiting by another stile, keeping the same direction ahead. At the next stile keep left on a well-defined track to an iron estate gate beside a pond.

2. Go through the gate and the track leads dead straight to meet a road at a bend and junction. This is the A50 Holmes Chapel-Knutsford road which we luckily avoid by turning right onto Stocks Lane. The pub on the right is the famous Whipping Stocks, an old coaching inn where at one time as many as a dozen coaches a day would pull up. You can picture the scene by drawing on recent TV adaptations of Dickens, an industry in their own right.

Peover Hall Peover Hall

3. Cross over to the pavement opposite and walk along Stocks Lane past the entrance to the Barclays Bank IT Headquarters Radbroke Hall, an impressive complex which is said to have its own gym. You might say that before crunching numbers you have to crunch the weights. Just past the exit look for a footpath sign on the left leading to a rutted track which when I researched this walk was badly churned up by a digger brought in to do some drainage.

4. Go through a metal kissing gate in the left hand hedge on leaving the track and on reaching a footpath sign, take a second kissing gate to change direction by going right. Keep along a field margin, the hedge on our right and on meeting a hedge crossing our path go through a gap in it into the next field. The farmer has left a way across through growing crops, making our way forward clear enough.

We join a bridleway between hedges where I had an encounter: pausing to eat my packed lunch at a stile I noticed a rider coming along the bridleway and on seeing me her horse stopped dead, apparently in consternation and could only be coaxed forward with great reluctance.

‘He’s not used to seeing anybody there,’ she explained and dismounted to lead the horse past me, whispering words of encouragement in his ear. ‘It’s not your fault,’ she said, meaning by her tone that it was, and urged her horse on to my muttered apologies.

Woodland walks Woodland walks

5. The bridleway comes to a lane opposite a nature reserve known as Lower Moss Wood and we turn right heading towards Blease Farm but before reaching it branch off to the left on a tarmac lane. This bends to the right and we leave it at a bench with a signpost beside it, taking a green causeway between two fields to reach a gap in the hedge with a stile that gives access to another bridleway. Turn right here and we are back on Stocks Lane and by turning left are soon back at the Park Gate pub. Go in by all means – they have Samuel Smith’s bitter on draught and a roaring fire.

Area of walk: Over Peover and Peover Park

Map: OS Explorer 268 Wilmslow, Macclesfield and Congleton

Distance: 4.3 miles

Sun dial at Peover Hall Sun dial at Peover Hall

Time to allow: 2 hours

Refreshments: Park Gate at Over Peover and Whipping Stocks at Radbroke Crossroads.

Wheelchair/Pushchair suitability? Not suitable.


Related articles


More from Out & About

Mon, 16:56

Bijou charm and stately British heritage is vividly portrayed in the stylish surroundings of The Kensington, London

Read more
Saturday, February 17, 2018

It’s a tough job to select just twelve great villages to visit, but we’ve given it a go.

Read more
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

We head for Broadbottom this month to enjoy lots of natural beauty in among the remnants of dark satanic mills, writes HOWARD BRADBURY

Read more
Monday, February 12, 2018

How many of these local landmarks can you recognise?

Read more
Quiz Spring
Monday, February 12, 2018

Community spirit is alive and well, as Paul Mackenzie reports.

Read more
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s Martin Varley looks at the rise and demise of Cheshire’s most iconic habitat and explains why hedgerows are so important to farmland wildlife.

Read more
Cheshire Wildlife
Friday, February 2, 2018

Many people head to Knutsford for the shops, restaurants and hotels, but the surounding area has a diverse array of countryside walks that are often overlooked. All these walks commence within a ten mile radius of the town, which make them perfect for a day trip.

Read more
Knutsford Tatton
Thursday, February 1, 2018

If you are planning to get married in 2018 then Carbis Bay Hotel, Spa & Estate are offering you the chance to do it in style

Read more
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Within London’s ever-changing zeitgeist, different neighbourhoods take turns to define the city’s cultural landscape. And there is no doubt that, right now, the reinvigorated area of Bloomsbury is the place to be – and be seen

Read more
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

There are several major canals that run through Cheshire, these walks run alongside or cross over sections of at least of these waterways.

Read more
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Meet some of the residents of this attractive lakeside town

Read more
North Wales
Monday, January 22, 2018

Join Arlene Phillips and Strictly Come Dancing favourites Aljaz and Janette on this exclusive 8-day river cruise along the Danube

Read more
Great British Holidays advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

Local Business Directory

Cheshire's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area

Property Search