Southern Fringes of Congleton

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Astbury Mere and its Visitor Centre is a reclaimed sand quarry which stopped working over twenty years ago. The walk includes an optional visit to the village of Astbury with its green, church and pub, well worth visiting. Using footpaths across farmland and the canal towpath, this walk is great for an afternoon out after a lunch at the Egerton Arms.

England - North England - Cheshire - Countryside


Birds, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Play Area, Pub, Toilets, Woodland
9/3/2017 - Deryck Shead

Found the walk to be very pleasant, some minor changes found but nothing untoward, did find at waymark 22 on the footbridge over the stream someone had put up a few nice wooden signs with various sayings on them along with a bowl with glass stones in to let you make a wish.

3/26/2017 - pam hanson

7/13/2014 - Eric Davies

Re routed this walk, due to the fact that Glebe Farm has diversified into Farm Shop, cafe and petting zoo. Updated way point instructions and simplified route. Still a good walk, especially for sunny day as was when we rechecked it.

6/22/2014 - paul smith

done this walk today and found the walking directions needed updated and some points made a bit more clear because at certain points got lost or had to turn back and start again from that point and it looks like in some areas new fencing has been put up so anyone doing this walk just be careful.

8/2/2012 - Eric Davies

Waypoint 17 has been checked and reported to Cheshire PROW Team, who will be looking at the problem. There is an open gate that can be used just a few feet from the blocked stile. On checking today (2 Aug 12) there is no temporary fencing up at the moment. Kissing gates would be nice but that is at the discretion of the farmer and the local authority. A moveable top bar would help, again the responsibility of land owners.

7/9/2012 - Pat McDonnell

Really enjoyed this walk when I did it by myself, except that there was a bit of difficulty at no 17. There is no footpath sign here, and the field is full of rusting cars and vans, making you think that you would be trespassing. The following week I took two friends with their dogs and we had to turn back when we reached 17/18. This was because the top horizontal bars on the two stiles on the fields towards the canal bridge( bridge no 81) from Mill House Farm to Church Farm were just too high. There is sheep fencing everywhere, including around the stiles, and dogs and humans (the latter of whom, although good walkers, have knee problems) could not climb over it. Maybe there should be a health warning! Oh for more kissing gates........

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