The North Cheshire Way
The "North Cheshire Way" is Cheshire's newest and longest path. It provides 70 miles of waymarked walking from Wirral to the Peak District across some of Cheshire's most beautiful countryside. It was developed by The Mid-Cheshire Footpath Society as the brainchild of former member David Kinsell of Chester, who sadly did not live to see its completion. It offers something for every kind of walker from serious hikers to families out for an easy stroll near their doorstep. The route has been designed to run close to the major urban areas of Merseyside, north Cheshire and Manchester - with easy access by car or public transport. Easy to use, it is waymarked throughout. The Society hopes that it will attract many town-dwellers to experience the countryside on their doorstep and help bridge the growing gap between "town and country".
The original idea of the route was to complete the long distance paths around Cheshire, namely the Sandstone Trail, the Gritstone Trail and the South Cheshire Way
The places of interest along the route from West to East include Chester & the Wirral, Helsby Hill, Frodsham Hill, Weaver Valley, Anderton Boat Lift, Marbury Country Park, Manchester Airport, Styal Quarry Bank Mill and Country Park, The Edge at Alderley, Adlington Hall, Lyme Park, & Disley.
Accompanying the opening of the path in September 2006 the Society has published a full-colour 110-page guide book that includes maps, walking instructions and a wealth of information about what can be seen on or near a route that is a real "slice of Cheshire".
The project has been supported by a number of grants, notably from Cheshire County Council, who have also provided a great deal of material support during the development of the route. Other bodies who have helped with grants, loans and encouragement include Chester Rambling & Hill Walking Club, F H Properties Ltd. (Frank Hockenhull & David Vernon), Macclesfield Borough Council, Mersey Forest, The Peak & Northern Footpaths Society, Ramblers' Association (Merseyside & West Cheshire Area) and Vale Royal Borough Council.