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Logo and path name in greenSouth Cheshire Market Towns Trail

Cheshire, Staffordshire

68 km / 42 miles
The Trail is a partnership project between the towns of Alsager, Congleton, Holmes Chapel, Middlewich and Sandbach. The free leaflet describes the route starting from Astbury Mere Country Park, Congleton in a clockwise direction but it can easily be started from any of the towns.

The Biddulph Valley Way, a former railway track, provides an easy start to reach Nick i' th' Hill although a more strenuous alternative can be taken along Congleton Edge and part of the Mow Cop Ridge. Farmland paths and canal towpaths take the route close to Alsager and onwards to Sandbach, with its Saxon stone crosses, and Middlewich noted for its salt production.
From Middlewich the trail uses field paths and minor roads to Holmes Chapel then joins the Dane Valley Way, passing the impressive Twemlow viaduct, on its way back to Congleton.


Waymark: Logo and path name in green
Path Type: Other Paths
Waymark: Logo and path name in green
Attributes: Other Paths
Average Gradients
Agricultural land
Start and Finish: SJ846627 - Astbury Mere Country Park, Cheshire View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2020
Web Sites: Holmes Chapel Partnership - South Cheshire Market Towns Trail

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Leaflet South Cheshire Market Towns Trail  (Congleton Tourist Information Centre  - 2020 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 118
OS Landranger Active 118
OS Explorer 257, 258, 267, 268
OS Explorer Active 257, 258, 267, 268

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Route Profile:

67.7 km (42.1 miles)
693 m (2,274 ft) ascent
317 m (1,040 ft)  maximum height

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