Public Transport based walk with Bayda'a Nasralla.
This walk is the longest and hardest of the trail. It has spectacular views, however, if wet, gaiters and waterproofs are heavily recommended.
Because of the constant ascent and descent, walking poles are recommended.
If you have allergies or get bitten, please bring after-bite and antihistamines.
This is a long walk, fairly quickly paced due to time restrictions of buses back to Chester. There are no toilets or pub stops en-route, so please use toilets at walk start at Chester and/or Tarporley.
Venturing out to rejoin the Sandstone Ridge once again, we head through golden fields of wheat to meet up once again with the Sandstone Trail. We head south and after crossing the Shropshire Union Canal, we head towards Beeston Castle, which has been visible to us since we departed Delemere Forest in Part 2 of the series.
We walk past the castle entrance and possibly take a short cafe break there before delving down into the woods, winding around the hills and beginning the first ascent up Peckforton Hill for the first glimpse of a day of spectacular views.
The Trail takes us along the edge of the hills overlooking 8 counties, we weave in and out of the wood-lined hill tops taking in the magnificent views on both sides. On a clear day we can see the start of the trail and admire the distance we have travelled.
As we near the end of the walk, we have the pleasure of climbing to Rawhead Trig Point, the highest point of the Sandstone Trail, taking in yet more splendid scenery, before a steep descent through the woods to prepare for our final climb of the day of hills.
We reach Bickerton and pass the beautiful historical church on our way to the entrance to Bickerton Hill. Keep your eyes peeled for the wild ponies as we head up this final hill on our way to the old Maiden Castle Fort. Taking in the final views of the day, we backtrack slightly to descend down the hillside to make our way to the A41 to catch the bus home.
There is a mile of walking on the public path beside this busy road (single file heavily advised due to fast moving traffic) to enable us to reach the Egerton Arms for a well deserved drink and to catch the bus back to Chester for the journey home.
Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport
We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.
07:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 07:50. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.
Single person return on the 7.50am train costs £15.60, however if walkers choose, they can purchase a Northern Duo for £17.10 and get the 07:17 train to arrive at Chester at 08.45
There is also an option of driving to walk start. If you are are driving, or want a lift by car share, please email email@example.com and I will help put you in touch. Suggested parking at Steam Mill Street, CH3 5AN - £5.90 for all day parking.
Walk Leader will meet at Chester Train Station at 09:00.
We will walk to Foregate Street Stand G for the 9.25am 84 bus to Tarporley.
Walk Start at 10am from Tarporley.
07:50: Train departs for the walk start at Chester Train Station.
09:00: Walk starts at Chester Train Station.
Return from Chester Train Station. 19:07, 20:07, 21:33
Waypoints: Birch Heath, Wharton's Lock, Beeston Castle, Ettley Hill, Moathouse Farm, Horsey Lane, Peckforton Hill, Bulkeley Hill, Droppingstone Well, Rawhead Trig Point, Musket's Hole, Bickerton Hill, Mad Allen
84 Bus costs £3.20 from Chester to Tarporley to get to walk start.
41 Bus costs £2.70 from Broxton to Chester for walk end.
There are only 2 buses to get us back to Chester. at 17:50 and 18:50. There may be a need to increase the pace towards to end to ensure we catch the bus. Hopefully we will finish early enough to enjoy a drink in the gorgeous Egerton Arms by the bus stop.
Please note - unlike previous walks in this series, this walk is NOT suitable for new members. Gaiters and walking poles recommended.