Holmes Chapel - Swettenham - Twemlow - Holmes Chapel

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Lush meadows and lovely lanes characterise this walk in Cheshire's Dane Valley, which visits the little hamlet of Swettenham with its 13th Century church and splendid pub. If you go in springtime, there is also the prospect of visiting Daffodil Dell, set in the valley of the Midge Brook. This was 'closed for maintenance' when I walked here in Summer 2004, but I understand that there is an entrance fee charged to view this well-known local spectacle of massed plantings.

The walk is generally easy, but with one tricky ascent and descent of a river cliff and one short and unavoidable stint along a busy road, to add spice and justify its 'moderate' tag. The Dane Valley Way forms part of the route and it is to be hoped that the local council, which publicises this amenity, will make appropriate improvements along the main A535 road just west of Twemlow Green to ensure walkers' safety.   

Information for Dog Owners: this walk has many stiles and one or two sloping paths high above the river. There are sheep and other livestock and dire warnings regarding dogs which molest pheasants... the walk is therefore not considered suitable for dogs!

England - North England - Cheshire - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
24/09/2007 - James Jeeves

A good walk but difficult to find your way on the second part of the walk. Paths seem to have been changed due to river bank erosion.

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18.7 Miles