As the daylight hours increase, suggesting an emergence from winter, our thoughts turn to getting out and about in the fresh air. To the south of our village, two hills – Bulkeley Hill and Bickerton Hill – form part of the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge. The extracts from the OS maps on the right show these hills (Click on them to enlarge). There is car parking within a 15 minute drive of the Village on each of the hills and it is our intention to suggest some easy strolls from the car parks to introduce some of the best features of the Ridge.
The spine of the 'Sandstone Ridge' runs from Helsby through Tarporley and on to Duckington for some 32 kms, emerging and dropping back down into the plain as a series of scarps and sandstone outcrops. It has recently been shortlisted for designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Sandstone Ridge Trust is helping to coordinate the achievement of this status and has a vision to secure the long-term future of Cheshire's Sandstone Ridge for the enjoyment and benefit of present and future generations. For more information on the Trust and its activitiesClick Here.
The Sandstone Trail stretches for 34 miles/55 kilometres along the Ridge and offers superb, unbroken, and often elevated walking from the ancient market town of Frodsham on the broad Mersey estuary, in the north, to Georgian Whitchurch in rural north Shropshire, in the south. It is an easy, well signposted, three day family walk with a variety of terrain and wonderful views, one of Julia Bradbury's 'Top 100 Walks' and has been voted by ITV viewers as one on 'Britain's Favourite Walks'. For more information on the Trail,Click Here.
There are many Guides and Maps to walking routes around the Trail, which can be purchased from our Post Office, but the purpose of these strolls is to provide an easy to follow illustrated introduction to this outstanding habitat within a 15 minute drive of our village.