Manley Common - Alvanley Cliff - Birch Cottage - Kingswood Cottage - Manley Cottage

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Starting with the Sandstone Trail, this circular walk is along footpaths which are frequently used and in very good order.

The first half is gently downhill beginning where the trail is also a lane, and then along your first footpath which is quite short. Footpaths and lanes alternate for a while, and then there is the long uphill slog along the final lane to the second half of the walk which is almost entirely forest footpaths along excellent trails.

If you're not in a hurry and it's a hot day, you can pause for half an hour at the café and bar among the forest holiday cabins.

There are several kissing gates but no stiles or difficult paths. In the forest you will find some paths missing from the map – and some new ones not yet added, but if you're using the app you won't go wrong for long.

The walk is suitable for children, senior citizens and anyone in-between. Excellent for dogs, but hopeless for wheelchairs and buggies due the kissing gates and some narrow and uneven paths. Suitable footwear will be anything flat soled, but boots will be best and there should be few problems for anyone wearing shorts, although you may pass close to some brambles and nettles in places.

On your route there are refreshments and toilets at the café and bar in the forest, and occasional bench seats. In winter, or if there has recently been heavy rain, the paths are likely to be muddy with numerous puddles and boots would be recommended.

England - North England - Cheshire - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland

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