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Sandstone Trail, Chester

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The Sandstone Trail is a 55km long-distance walkers' path, following sandstone ridges running north–south from Frodsham in central Cheshire to Whitchurch just over the Shropshire border. The path was created in 1974 and extended in the 1990s. Much of the route follows the Mid Cheshire Ridge but in places the trail also passes through the Cheshire Plain, including farmland, woodland and canal towpaths.RouteThe trail is divided into three sections of about 18 km in length: the northern portion runs from Frodsham to Willington, the central section covers Willington to Bickerton, and the southern part is from Bickerton to Whitchurch.Information and waymarkingThe trail is marked with signposts and yellow discs inscribed with an 'S' in a footprint. Stone distance markers and blue information boards are also located at intervals, usually before or entering a new area of the trail. The information boards generally give details of local history while the stones give the distance in kilometres to the ends of the trail at Frodsham and Whitchurch.These stones are at: Ridgeway Wood, Helsby (5 km to Frodsham, 50 km to Whitchurch)Manley Common, New Pale Road, Manley (9 km to Frodsham, 46 km to Whitchurch)Barnsbridge Gates, Ashton Road, Delamere Forest (12 km to Frodsham, 43 km to Whitchurch)Willington Road, Willington (18 km to Frodsham, 37 km to Whitchurch)Wharton's Lock (26 km to Frodsham, 29 km to Whitchurch)Coppermine Lane, in between Rawhead and Bulkeley Hill (33 km to Frodsham, 22 km to Whitchurch)Bickerton (37 km to Frodsham, 18 km to Whitchurch)Bickleywood (45 km to Frodsham, 10 km to Whitchurch)Grindley Brook (51 km to Frodsham, 4 km to Whitchurch) The ends of the trail are also marked with a sandstone obelisk outside the Bears Paw Public House at Frodsham, and a 2m high sandstone archway at the entrance of the car park at Jubilee Park, Whitchurch.
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  • I walked the Sandstone Trail on 17th June 2017 - one of the hottest days of the year and it nearly killed me. I'm a keen long distance hiker and always do a 30 miler on or around the longest day of th...  more »
  • Some great views and walks here ) find mad Alan's cave it's so cool ) it's a all year rounder each to there own as to what months you like walking and seeing different shades from summer to winter it'...  more »
  • Completed the second half from The Pheasant Inn at Higher Burwardsley to Whitchurch. Fantastic climbs, elevated views and an amazing variety of scenery. a brilliant morning of a 17 mile walk ending wi...  more »

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Chester is not only steeped in Roman history, but also packed with a wide range of modern lodging options. The selection of hotels runs the gamut from family-run operations to luxury big-name brands, known for offering spacious rooms upstairs and Michelin-rated cuisine downstairs. Most of Chester's finest hotels are located within the diminutive city center, which makes them an ideal base for exploring everything this urban area has to offer. A wider variety of less expensive options, including cozy B&Bs and traditional inns, is located a short walk from the town center.
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