One of our favourite walks in Cheshire is the Sandstone Trail. The trail comprises of a 55km path running from Frodsham in Cheshire at the Northern-most point down to Whitchurch on the Shropshire/Cheshire border at the South. Last summer we had a lovely walk along part of the trail followed by a delicious lunch at the Bickerton Poacher
Our walk started from a small layby at the bottom of Bickerton Hill, with Mia jumping straight out of the car and heading up into the woods before we could even get her through the kissing gate. Mia loves this walk, running a few feet in front of us and sniffing her way between the trees and sandstone rocks
Our walk took us up the steep incline of Bickerton Hill, past sandstone outcrops which offer sneaky-peaks of the views below as you climb higher. All you can hear is the movement of the trees in the breeze and the buzzards call as they fly overhead
Upon reaching the top of Bickerton Hill, we decided to head away and towards Rawhead. This part of the Sandstone trail took us through a lushious green cornfield with a clear path down the centre which was full of muddy puddles – Mias favourites!
The path can be narrow and steep at times, with a few nettles and brambles in the summer, but it is clearly marked to help you reach your destination.
Upon reaching Rawhead the views are spectacular. This is the highest point of the Sandstone trail sitting at 227m high and looking out over the Cheshire Plain. On a clear day you can see out to Liverpool, Chester & North Wales.
After our walk we headed back down the hill and stopped for lunch at the Bickerton Poacher with their dog friendly beer garden and bar area.
They certainly cater for dogs, offering plenty of water bowls with fresh water and dog biscuits, as well as Bonios for £1 each and a bowl of “doggie” sausages for £1.50 which we treated Mia to. She loves their doggie sausages everytime she visits – a little bowl of cold sliced sausages just for her – great after a big walk
The food at the Bickerton Poacher is lovely and reasonably priced. Our daughter had the small plate fish and chips which came with mushy peas and tartare sauce – it looked and tasted yummy, whilst we had their burger (yummy)
We love the Cheshire countryside as it offers some fantastic walks for all abilities and we find the majority of pubs are dog friendly as well as some of the local attractions – Beeston castle is always a lovely visit and the 360 degree views from the top are worth the climb.