The obligatory BOXING DAY WALK

Cheshire Life|December 2019

The obligatory BOXING DAY WALK
At some point you need to heave yourself off the sofa, put the selection box down and get out in the fresh air – happily these six suggestions come with a cosy pub to ease you in gently
Kate Simon
1. THE PHEASANT INN, HIGHER BURWARDSLEY

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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December 2019