Cycling in Cheshire,
not too flat and not too hilly! Discover the real Cheshire as you
cycle along quiet, tree-lined lanes, through gentle countryside and
sleepy villages. There's always plenty to see along the way and
places to stop for some well-earned refreshment! Former railway
lines such as the Wirral Way and the Biddulph Valley Way
provide safe, traffic-free rides for cyclists and horse riders alike.
Pathways through Cheshire
through an English County.
Here walkers are rewarded with intimate
glimpses of peaceful English countryside, ranging from magical
wooded hillsides and gentle pastoral lowlands, to the panoramic
heights of purple moorland and wild hills. long distance trails
along the beautiful Sandstone Ridge or dramatic Gritstone uplands of
The Dee Estuary, on the North Wales /
North-West England border, is one of the U K's premier birding
locations for wetland and shorebirds. This
describes the best Dee Estuary bird watching areas with detailed
maps and latest bird news for dedicated twitchers and casual
Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve
offers a variety of walks, including an easy access
trail through the woodland with restful views over the lake. Look
out for birds and butterflies on the way, including the bright
Stride out on the new Healthy
Stanney Woods Local Nature Reserve, listening out for the
woodpecker drumming or the screech of a jay as you go.
Stanney Woods is
an ancient woodland of oak and silver birch, with some hazel and
holly. It is excellent for bird watching and also exceptionally good
for fungi in the autumn
Deep in the heart of mid-Cheshire, this route
covers some of the rich dairy and fruit growing country for which
the area is so famous. In fact, this quiet corner of the county has
been inhabited and cultivated for thousands of years, as the nearby
Iron Age hillforts at
Kelsborrow Castle testify.
The walk unfolds through a deep sunken lane and across a rolling
patchwork landscape, with wonderful views across to the distant
Peckforton Hills and beyond.
The Sandstone Trail
The original Sandstone Trail officially
opened in 1974. It has now been extended, so it now links the towns
of Frodsham and Whitchurch. This not only makes it more accessible
by public transport, but also means you can enjoy some of the
excellent facilities available in each town
Museums, Houses & Gardens:
Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate
One of Britain's greatest industrial
heritage sites, including complete working cotton mill, restored
Apprentice House, mill workers' village and country estate set in
the valley of the River Bollin. The most
powerful working waterwheel in Europe
Practical demonstrations in the mill.
Discover the effects of the Industrial Revolution on how we lived
and worked. Woodland and riverside
walks provide a tranquil contrast
Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 4LA.
Tel: 01625 527468
Salt has been produced in Cheshire for over 2,000 years and
it is the only place in Britain where it is still produced on a
Located near Northwich in Cheshire, the
Boat Lift is one of the greatest monuments to Britain's last
canal age and known as the "Cathedral of the Canals".
Built in 1875 it was the world's first and is currently
England's only Boat Lift.
For Scotland's fascinating and rather modern boat lift see
The National Waterways Museum
at Ellesmere Port, Gloucester Docks and Stoke Bruerne
bring the history of Britain’s waterways to life.
Climb aboard historic boats and discover what life was like
living and working on our waterways. Our collection of historic
boats, the largest in the world, includes narrowboats, canal and
river tugs, concrete barges and a steam powered dredger.
Lewis Carroll, or to
give him his real name, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832- 1898), is
best remembered for his two Alice books, Alice's Adventures in
Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871) was born in
the Village of Daresbury.
Knutsford is the burial place of
Elizabeth Gaskell (1810 - 1865).
She was raised by an aunt who lived in
An ancient manor house.
is one of the UK’s most complete historic estates. The Mansion,
Gardens, Farm, Old Hall, 1,000 acre deer park and speciality shops
offer something for everyone along with over 100 events annually.
Dunham Massey Country
estate including mansion with important collections and 'below
stairs' areas, impressive garden and deer park. Finest
collection of Huguenot silver in Britain.
Ancient herd of fallow deer in a stunning 101ha (250 acre) park
Scandal and romance retold in fascinating guided-tours
Majestic trees and richly planted borders – one of the North West's
Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 4SJ.
Tel: 0161 941 1025
Little Moreton Hall
Moated manor house – the 'icon' of
English Tudor domestic architecture. One
of Britain's finest timber-framed moated manor houses, Magnificent
Long Gallery with unusual plasterwork, Delightful Knot Garden.
Little changed, if slightly crooked, after 500 years.
A recent role in David Dimbleby's 'How we built
Britain' documentary (2007), Brought to life through guided tours
and an exciting event programme
Congleton, Cheshire CW12 4SD. Tel: 01260
A beautiful country house with extensive gardens near
Congleton, Cheshire. Snowdrop Walks
in February Scholar Green.
Norton Priory Museum & Gardens
is a fantastic day out, with an award winning museum, excavated
medieval ruins, the spectacular St Christopher statue, the lovely
Walled Garden and the extensive woodland and sculpture trail.
Hall & Gardens
Arley is a place of enormous character, charm and interest. Visitors
are frequently struck by the warm and intimate atmosphere and the
feeling that Arley is a much-cherished family home.
The Gardens, which are amongst the finest in Britain, are
outstanding for their vitality, variety and historical interest and
are particularly celebrated for the magnificent double herbaceous
border. The Hall is an impressive example of a Victorian country
house built in the Elizabethan style.
is the county town of Cheshire. Sitting by the River Dee it is one
of the best preserved medieval walled cities in the UK.
Chester began when the Romans
built a fort next to the River Dee about 75 AD. The Roman fort was
called Deva. At first the fort was made of wood. It had a ditch
outside and an earth embankment with a wooden palisade on top. At
the beginning of the 2nd century parts of the fort were rebuilt in
stone. For more history of Chester try
Chester inspired Henry James to
write about the city in his novel The Ambassadors. You'll be
able to enjoy Rows Galleries, the two tiered medieval galleries of
shops - the home of shopping. The Three Old Arches is said to be the
oldest shop front in England. Other features are the Eastgate Clock
with its intricate metalwork. Chester Cathedral, a place of worship
for over 1000 years and was originally a Benedictine Abbey, is one
of the many attractions with in the city walls. In the summer go to
the city centre Cross where the Town Crier welcome visitors at
12noon Tuesday to Saturday.
Transport in Cheshire.
Excellent local council site for time tables and the like.