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6 great walks near Congleton

PUBLISHED: 00:00 16 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:56 17 November 2018

Little Moreton Hall by John Cocks

Little Moreton Hall by John Cocks

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It’s quite easy to bypass Congleton in favour of the nearby Pek District when searching for walking ideas, but you will be missing out on a wide ranging choice of routes.

Daffodils in Astbury by John CocksDaffodils in Astbury by John Cocks

Astbury and Little Moreton Hall

2 miles from Congleton

Start in the village of Astbury, just a few minutes south of Congleton, take in a section of the Macclesfield Canal before heading onto 16th century Little Moreton Hall, now managed by the National Trust.

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The views of the Cheshire Plain from The Cloud by Keith CarterThe views of the Cheshire Plain from The Cloud by Keith Carter

Timbersbrook and the Cloud

3 miles from Congleton

This walk strays close to the Cheshire/ Staffordshire border, starting with a stiff climb to the summit of the gritstone outcrop known as The Cloud, 1,126 feet above sea level. We are in the secretive countryside of East Cheshire, an area defined by the Macclesfield Canal and the River Dane with the Manchester/Stoke railway line bisecting it on a north/south axis.

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The canal near Bosley Top Lock by Howard BradburyThe canal near Bosley Top Lock by Howard Bradbury

North Rode

4 miles from Congleton

Set off from Bosley Top Lock on the Macclesfield, head eastwards toward the quiet village of North Rode then northwards onto Gawsworth with its famous landmarks.

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St James & St Paul Marton Church in Marton by Keith CarterSt James & St Paul Marton Church in Marton by Keith Carter

Marton

4 miles from Congleton

Set off from the pretty village of Marton, famous for the medieval church of St James and St Paul, head north towards the edge of the Capesthorne Estate before heading home again.

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Reflections at Gawsworth by Margaret StringerReflections at Gawsworth by Margaret Stringer

Gawsworth and Danes Moss

5 miles from Congleton

This walk sets off from Gawsworth, a place worth visiting in itself for the architecture, we then head towards Danes Moss, a place for wildlife and nature lovers.

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Mow Cop by John CocksMow Cop by John Cocks

Mow Cop

6 miles from Congleton

This walk passes by the famous folly of Mow Cop Castle near the Cheshire-Staffordshire border, but you can also visit a lesser known landmark called The Old Man of Mow, a 65ft pillar of gritstone.

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All the routes were correct at the time of publication, over time access to certain parts of the walk may be subject to change.

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