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Stage 01: Frodsham to Willington – Sandstone Trail

Stage 01: Frodsham to Willington – Sandstone Trail

11.6 mi
2.3 mph
1,125 ft
850 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
1.83 mi

Woodhouse Hillfort

Hiking Highlight

6.79 mi

Delamere Forest

Hiking Highlight

8.04 mi

Black Lake

Hiking Highlight

11.6 mi

Tour Profile


Hiking Path: 1.08 mi
Path: 3.86 mi
Footpath: 5.35 mi
Street: < 109 yd
Road: 1.29 mi


Unpaved: 3.52 mi
Gravel: 160 yd
Paved: 206 yd
Asphalt: 1.25 mi
Unknown: 6.64 mi

Weather Forecast

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September 11, 2019


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    The Sandstone Trail begins in the genteel market town of Frodsham, which has a rich history dating back to the 13th century.

    You climb gradually out of the town before a short but sharp ascent through woodland to the summit of Overton Hill, which affords a fantastic view of the Mersey Estuary, Liverpool skyline, and beyond.

    The trail continues along the wooded ridge and soon arrives at Woodhouse Hillfort. Whilst the decaying ramparts of this Iron Age hillfort are not easily visible these days, the views are lovely.

    You then descend to Snidley Moor Wood, past the Scout Camp, and hike through the undulating fields to Delamere Forest, Cheshire's largest area of woodland.

    As you wander through the vast forest, it is worth visiting Black Lake nature reserve, which is home to many species of dragonfly and damselfly, as well as unusual mosses, and is a very tranquil place to be.

    As you emerge from the trees, the trail winds through fields for the final few miles to the village of Willington, where this stage finishes.

    Willington has a few options for accommodation and food and drink. The surrounding area has plenty of options, too.

    • September 11, 2019


Stage 01: Frodsham to Willington – Sandstone Trail