Stage 02: Willington to Brown Knowl – Sandstone Trail
komoot planned a hike.
September 11, 2019
Breathtaking views, ancient castles, creepy caves, enchanting woodlands, and serene summits combine to make this a memorable stage.
From Willington, the trail winds along ancient back lanes, passing open farmland and small woodlands, and eventually crosses the Shropshire Union canal at Wharton’s Lock.
The trail then officially skirts around the side of Beeston Crag. However, it is worth a short detour to climb the crag to see the impressive Beeston Castle, which was built in the 1220s.
One of the most dramatically sited medieval structures in England, the castle affords utterly spellbinding views that stretch as far as the Welsh mountains on a clear day.
You then hike through fields before climbing the eastern flanks of Peckforton Hills. Above you is Peckforton Castle; a Victorian copy of a medieval castle that is now a luxury hotel.
The trail continues to climb gradually over Bulkeley Hill, an atmospheric woodland, and onto Rawhead, which is the highest point on the Sandstone Trail and affords some lovely views. Close to the summit is Bloody Bones cave, which is worth a look.
It is then a short descent to Long Lane, where this stage finishes. From there, it is only a very short walk to Brown Knowle, which has some accommodation. There are more places to stay, as well as food and drink options nearby, too.
September 13, 2019