Cheshire Life|December 2019
The walk: This circuit takes you on and off the Sandstone Ridge, offering splendid views across the plain and of two local icons, the castles at Peckforton and Beeston.
Mileage: 4.5 miles
Descend from the Sandstone Ridge through fields to the road on which the gatehouse to Peckforton Castle stands (pick up a leaflet with full directions at the pub). Then take a step back for a fine perspective of this Victorian fantasy – a dream home for the 1st Baron Tollemache, now a hotel – before snaking through woods to reach the medieval stronghold at Beeston for a double whammy of fortress views. Climb the wooded slopes of the Peckforton Hills to reclaim the ridge and glimpse more spectacular views before returning to The Pheasant Inn. They’re used to muddy boots at this old country pub (with rooms), a warren of an inn with fires burning in the hearths where they serve a glass of good grog and cut-above pub grub. thepheasantinn.co.uk
2. THE BURBRIDGE INN, NR NANTWICH
The walk: Meander along the Shropshire Union Canal on this linear walk to or from the pub, passing through peaceful pastures and encountering feats of engineering, including an aqueduct by Thomas Telford.
Mileage: 6.5 miles
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