The Sandstone Trail and over the “Old Pale”

 

IMG_0387.jpgMy ramblings though the Cheshire countryside continue with another early morning start and a projected distance of about 3.5 miles (sorry, but I don’t do this foreign money nonsense of kilometres). The walk was around Delameres hilltop medieval deer enclosure to the impressive ramparts of Eddisbury hill fort.

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This walk is part of Cheshire’s Sandstone Trail and is probably the most popular middle-distance walk in Northwest England. The Trail runs for 55 kilometres/34 miles along Cheshire’s beautiful and varied central sandstone ridge between Frodsham and Whitchurch, just over the border in Shropshire.

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The walk starts with a gradual climb to The Old Pale Hill at which rises to a height of 176 metres and is situated to the south of the area of Delamere forest. The hill forms the high point of the northern mass of the Mid Cheshire Ridge. The views as you ascend the hill are quite spectacular and upon reaching the summit there is a raised platform and  around the circumference of the platform there are topographical plaques pointing out all the surrounding summits and noteable features in view such as Moel Famau in the Clwydian Range and Shining Tor the highest point in Cheshire.

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Views from the summit include the forest, the Cheshire Plain, Frodsham and Helsby Hills, the Jodrell Bank Observatory , the Shropshire hills of Long Mynd and Wrekin, the Derbyshire hills and the Liverpool skyline. On a clear day views of seven counties unfold and it is possible to see Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Shropshire and Staffordshire in England, and Denbighshire and Flintshire in Wales.

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Walking on, the next place of interest is Eddisbury hill fort, situated further along the ridge, the largest and most complex of seven hill forts in Cheshire and dates back to the Iron Age.

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The walk then enters pastoral mode as you wander through leafy lanes, open fields and woods that offer some protection from the sun. The flora and fauna on display at present is utterly compelling and in particular two fields that looked like a “sea of yellow.” Wildlife is in abundance including Buzzards, Swallows, Goldfinches, Robins, Hedge Sparrows and numerous Rabbits skipping along the lanes and fields.

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The walk is circular in nature, so handily gets you back to your starting point after about a couple of hours leisurely walking. Full details of the walk can be found in Top10 Walks, Easy Walks from the Sandstone Trail by Tony Bowerman, published by Northern Eye Books (this was Walk No. 3 in the book).

All photographs featured were taken on the walk today, (c) Kindadukish 2018.

 

 

 

 

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