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Three Shires Head and Knotbury from Gradbach
distance 6.96mi Vertical gain +692ft Vertical drop -686ft duration 3h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

A Peak District walk full of interest that visits Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire. The route is generally easy to follow and the highlights are the packhorse bridges at Three Shires Head, the quarries at Danebower and some excellent panoramas.

Wildboarclough & Shutlingsloe
distance 6.82mi Vertical gain +1175ft Vertical drop -1152ft duration 4h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Cheshire

A route to the summit of the Cheshire Matterhorn and more!

distance 5.15mi Vertical gain +659ft Vertical drop -666ft duration 2h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Disley - Cheshire

This Cheshire walk starts from Disley and explores Lyme Park including Cage Hill. The route keeps to low level paths so is ideal for those cloudy days when the bigger hills are covered in mist.

distance 2.99mi Vertical gain +696ft Vertical drop -699ft duration 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Cheshire

A short walk in the Cheshire sector of the Peak District National Park. Shutlingsloe is known as the Cheshire Matterhorn and offers some excellent views.

distance 10.2mi Vertical gain +1096ft Vertical drop -1073ft duration 5h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Poynton-with-Worth - Cheshire

A route that takes in the delights of the countryside surrounding Lyme Park

distance 7.64mi Vertical gain +1188ft Vertical drop -1168ft duration 4h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Pott Shrigley - Cheshire

The Cheshire sector of the Peak District National Park is often seen as uninteresting and this route goes some way to dispel this myth. The route does have a couple of lengthy steep ascents towards the end but effort is rewarded with excellent and varied landscapes. Conditions underfoot can be very wet after heavy rain so appropriate footwear is essential.

distance 10.54mi Vertical gain +1706ft Vertical drop -1713ft duration 6h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Rainow - Cheshire

The Cheshire sector of the Peak District offers a great variety of walking and this route is no exception. The route includes a section of ridge walking with a lower level return through quiet countryside to complete the walk.

distance 9.65mi Vertical gain +1063ft Vertical drop -1060ft duration 5h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

An exploration of northern Staffordshire that is rarely walked.

distance 4.98mi Vertical gain +715ft Vertical drop -705ft duration 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Disley - Cheshire

This is a nice short walk offering wonderful views. The seasonal colour changes of the countryside make this Cheshire walk worth repeating during the year. The route starts from Disley and climbs onto Black Rocks offering some great views.

distance 7.04mi Vertical gain +1129ft Vertical drop -1106ft duration 4h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Cheshire

This Cheshire walk lies within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park and provides a pleasant excursion into this surprisingly beautiful part of Britain. The walk includes the viewpoint of Tegg's Nose and the trio of reservoirs in the valley.

distance 3.96mi Vertical gain +430ft Vertical drop -430ft duration 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lyme Handley - Cheshire

This Cheshire walk explores Lyme Park and the lanes around Disley. Most of the route is within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park.

distance 6.42mi Vertical gain +636ft Vertical drop -640ft duration 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

A pleasant Peak District walk in the Staffordshire Moorlands. The route uses a mixture of paths, tracks and quiet country lanes to explore the area. For many, the highlight will be Three Shires Head with its packhorse bridge and waterfalls.

distance 7.67mi Vertical gain +1165ft Vertical drop -1168ft duration 4h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Rainow - Cheshire

This walk visits the highest point in Cheshire, Shining Tor, and continues to Windgather Rocks, which are popular with climbers. Starting from Lamaload, this route offers varied content and some great views in the high moors of Cheshire and parts of Staffordshire.

Walking Rossendale Ramble ( Download : PDF )
distance 12.32mi Vertical gain +1677ft Vertical drop -1654ft duration 6h55 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Cheshire

This Cheshire Walk was produced to assist fundraising for the Rossendale Trust. The route covers a section of the Gritstone Way and other scenic parts of Cheshire. Some of the route lies within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park.

distance 6.92mi Vertical gain +833ft Vertical drop -810ft duration 3h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lyme Handley - Cheshire

This Peak District walk starts from Lyme Park and explores the moors lying to the south of this grand stately home. There is a short section of road walking along a quiet country lane.

distance 6.22mi Vertical gain +801ft Vertical drop -771ft duration 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lyme Handley - Cheshire

Lyme Park in Cheshire is popular with visitors yet this walk explores quiet paths and tracks to the south of the Country Park. Navigation is generally easy and the reward for your efforts are some fine views.

distance 7.7mi Vertical gain +1572ft Vertical drop -1545ft duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Cheshire

A Cheshire walk that explores the area around the Macclesfield Forest. The route includes Shutlingsloe, views towards Wildboarclough, the Cat & Fiddle and the Macclesfield Forest

distance 4.23mi Vertical gain +610ft Vertical drop -574ft duration 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

This Peak District walk explores the quieter side of the Staffordshire Roaches visiting the rocky cleft of Lud's Church before exploring the moorland and woodland of Back Forest. The views into Cheshire are excellent. Route finding is fine provided you take care when descending from Roach End.

distance 5.44mi Vertical gain +699ft Vertical drop -623ft duration 3h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

A Staffordshire walk that explores the valleys and high ground to the west of the Roaches.

distance 4.65mi Vertical gain +545ft Vertical drop -548ft duration 2h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

A short Peak District walk that explores the area around Three Shires Head where the counties of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire meet. The route uses sections of old packhorse routes as well as footpaths.

distance 9.59mi Vertical gain +1030ft Vertical drop -1030ft duration 5h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

Shining Tor is the highest point in Cheshire and the first objective of this Peak District walk. Crossing the border into Staffordshire the walk continues across Axe Edge Moor offering excellent views. The walk uses high moorland paths for most of the way and is best saved for a clear day.