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Sandstone Trail

Walking Cheshire's Sandstone Trail

Walking Cheshire's Sandstone Trail

by: Tony Bowerman
This book is the complete official guide to the Sandstone Trail, one of the most popular middle-distance walks in Northwest England. The Trail runs for 55 km along Cheshire's beautiful and varied central sandstone ridge between Frodsham and Whitchurch. Compiled and tested by seasoned walkers and local experts, this comprehensive guide is the perfect companion for weekend strollers and dedicated long distance walkers alike.

Everything you need is here including clear, easy-to-follow route descriptions in both directions, supported by detailed large-scale Ordnance Survey Explorer maps of the whole Trail. There are fascinating explanations of the Trail's geology, history, landscapes, culture and wildlife. Special sections throughout the book highlight what to look out for along the way, from castles to caves, to panoramic views and wildlife. The guide divides the route into seven sections, although the Trail can comfortably be walked in four days and we would recommend walking the Trail in the traditional north to south direction. This guide is beautifully produced with stunning modern and archive photographs on most pages and is a must if you want to get the best out of your walk.

ISBN 9781908632333 Pages 128 (2013 reprinted 2019) 115mm x 173mm

Price: 12.95

Sandstone Trail OS Map Guide

Sandstone Trail OS Map Guide

by: Northern Eye
This map is essentially an Ordnance Survey Explorer 1:25000 scale map of the area covering the complete Sandstone Trail route. But it has the additional benefit of having the map in a book format. This innovative concept makes it a perfect companion for walkers on the Trail as the book format is more convenient and easier to use while outside compared with a large paper map. It is also more cost effective, reducing the need to purchase several OS Explorer sheets necessary for a linear route.

The complete Sandstone Trail is covered in 23 pages of full colour mapping, beginning from Frodsham, and travelling in a southerly direction to Whitchurch. The path is clearly marked on the maps and there are symbols showing facilities at the main towns and villages. There is also a page with useful contact information and a short introduction with a photographic mosaic.

Cheshire's Sandstone Trail is probably the best middle-distance walk in Northwest England. The Trail follows the elevated ridge of sandstone hills, that rise dramatically above the Cheshire Plain, for 34 miles across this green county, from the Mersey estuary to north rural Shropshire.

Along the way you will experience the very best of Cheshire: everchanging views and lofty panoramas over Wales and the Pennines; wooded escarpments, sandstone cliffs, viewpoints and caves; oak dotted pastures and farmland; vast and ancient sun-dappled Delamere Forest; prehistoric hillforts, dramatic medieval and Victorian castles, half-timbered black and white and sandstone manor houses, farms and historic inns; Roman roads, sunken green lanes, packhorse routes and saltways; tranquil rivers, streams and rural canals; mosses and meres; heathland and heather.

ISBN 9781908632968 Pages 24 (2020) 110mm x 210mm

Price: 9.75

Circular Walks Along the Sandstone Trail

Circular Walks Along the Sandstone Trail

by: Carl Rogers
The Sandstone Trail takes both its name and its theme from the rolling sandstone ridge which divides the green lowland plains of east Cheshire from the broad Dee basin to the west. The landscape along the ridge provides quite a contrast with the rest of the county; mixed woodland exists on many of the escarpment slopes too steep for agriculture and small rocky outcrops provide numerous platforms from which broad views of the surrounding lowland can be enjoyed.

This book is a complete guide to the Sandstone Trail and contains all the information you will need to enjoy this popular walking route. The guide describes thirteen linked circular walks, each of which includes a section of the Sandstone Trail, which together provide a complete north to south route description. The walks have been written with all walkers in mind; from enthusiasts looking for a testing one or two-day walk, to family groups or those who want shorter and more leisurely excursions. The book also includes an informative introduction to the Sandstone Trail including a history of the area.

The start locations for the 13 walks are:
Frodsham - 6 miles
Manley Common - 6.25 miles
Delamere Forest - 8 miles
Primrosehill Wood - 7.5 miles
Tarporley - 7.5 miles
Beeston Castle - 5.5 miles
Peckforton - 5.5 miles
Burwardsley - 5 miles
Rawhead - 5.25 miles
Hampton Heath - 5.25 miles
Malpas - 8.5 miles
Tushingham - 5.75 miles
Whitchurch - 6.25 miles

ISBN 9781902512105 Pages 93 (2018) 130mm x 210mm

Price: 7.99

Easy Walks from the Sandstone Trail

Easy Walks from the Sandstone Trail

by: Tony Bowerman
Here are the ten best short circular walks along Cheshire's Sandstone Trail and the surrounding country. For the most part the Trail hugs the high ground, making the most of every cliff path, cave, viewpoint and panorama. Yet nearby there is tempting unknown country to explore While these routes embrace all the traditional highlights of the Trail, they'll also give you unusual perspectives, and take you on unfamiliar paths to unexpected places.

This little pocket guide is produced in full colour with an emphasis on stunning professional photography. Each route has clear easy-to-follow numbered instructions including all the practical information you require and full colour OS 1:50,000 mapping. There are also fascinating facts about places along the way.

The ten circular routes are:
Hillforts Above the Mersey, Helsby Hill - 4.75 miles
Around Blakemere - 2.25 miles
Over the Old Pale, Kelsall - 3.5 miles
Kelsborrow Castle - 3 miles
Beeston Castle, Cheshire's Twin Castles - 3.75 miles
Around the Peckforton Hills - 3 miles
Pheasant Inn Circuit, Higher Burwardsley - 1.5 miles
Willow Hill and Sarra Lane - 2.5 miles
Rawhead Circuit - 3 miles
Around Bickerton Hill - 3 miles

ISBN 9781908632326 Pages 64 (2020) 105mm x 148mm

Price: 6.99