North Cheshire Riders

Rides in West Cheshire

 

 Ride 1. Acton Bridge/ Aston Ring revised 2015

 Easy but a couple of bridges

 Length 7.5 miles

Landranger map 117 and Explorer 267

 Park at the Legh Arms on the A49 at Acton Bridge, ringing beforehand for permission on 01606 853327. Grid reference SJ 602762

1.      From the Legh Arms go through the bridlegate on the roadside by the bridge. Your path goes underneath the bridge. Dismount to go underneath there are mounting blocks at either side.

2.      Take the road along the riverbank of the Weaver Navigation and cross the bridge to the lock gates.

3.      Continue past the lock gates and over a wooden bridge. At the end of this bridge you will see bridleway signs straight ahead and to the right. You can go in either direction to make the circuit. I think the best views can be seen from an anti-clockwise direction. For this turn right and go straight ahead along the foot of the wooded hillside.

4.      Bear right through two bridle gates to Lodge Lane.

5.      Turn right then left through the farmyard at Dutton Lodge Farm.

6.      Turn right on the track, which runs up to the railway and under the line.

7.      At the far side of the rail bridge take the unfenced track uphill across fields and into a green lane.

8.      At the "T" junction in half a mile turn left to Aston Grange and past it on a track to the wooded bank above the River Weaver and down to the flood plain below.

9.      At the foot of the hill a gate leads onto to the riverside meadows. The bridleway runs diagonally across the fields to the riverbank.

10.  At the end of the fields there is a bridle gate on the riverbank. The path continues along the lawns of the riverside cottages and out through another bridle gate.

11.  Keep on the riverbank under the viaduct, retracing your steps over the bridges before and after Dutton Lock.

12.  Now look for another bridleway on the left, which climbs the hill to a bridge over the Trent and Mersey canal.

13.  After crossing the canal turn right on a bridleway keeping to the hedgeline.

14.  Pass through a bridle gate and a belt of woodland, then diagonally across a field to recross the canal. The track joins a lane where you turn right

15.  At the A49 cross straight over to the Legh Arms car park.

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Ride 2 DELAMERE  Revised 2015

Easy

8 miles all good going

 Delamere Forest is a wonderful place to ride. In the wooded area there are miles of tracks; get a map from the visitor centre to help you find your way about.  The ride below will get you started

 Delamere- parking for horsebox or trailer £10 Forest Centre, Station or Old Pale, £5 Whitefield

or annual pass http://www.forestry.gov.uk/

Park in the ‘Christmas Tree’ (Whitefield) car park off the B5152 (Station Road). This is to the north of the railway line and there is plenty of room here at most times.  Map Landranger 117 Explorer 267 grid ref SJ 710568

 Leave the car park and cross straight over the road into the forest.

  1. Turn right and ride anticlockwise along the shores of Blakemere, parallel to the road at first
  2. Keep going around the lake until you reach location post 61
  3. Turn right
  4. At location post 62 turn left and continue to the railway bridge
  5. Cross the bridge and turn left
  6. You can ride through the woods on the left by the railway line to avoid riding on the main access road but this path is heavily used by walkers to take care
  7. Turn right just before the station car park at the end of the wooded track, across the road onto a concrete track through a bridle gate
  8. As the concrete track starts to climb steeply, bear left to go up a grass track just to the left through a gate   parallel to the concrete track.
  9. At the top, rejoin the concrete track Turning left and round a bend to the right
  10. There is a large transmitter ahead of you.
  11.  Pass the transmitter on your right.
  12. Go downhill on a zigzag hard track
  13.  At the foot of the hill turn left on a hard track.
  14. Follow this out of the forest to a road.
  15. Turn left on the road, Yeld lane, and climb steeply past Eddisbury Fruit Farm for about a mile.
  16. As the road drops downhill take the first left
  17. Go straight ahead here past houses back into the forest.
  18. Go straight over the next cross track, climbing back up to the transmitter and retracing your steps to the Christmas Tree car park.

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 Ride 3  Oakmere Way

 There are rides of various lengths using this new bridleway. The shortest start from Whitefield car park  Delamere. Parking here is £5 for horsebox or trailer but an annual permit is £40

 

4.5 to 5 miles.

1. Leave Whitefield car park through the vehicle entrance and ride straight across the road with the Mere on your right.

2. Take the second left; (the first passes under the wires of Go Ape) and at the t junction of tracks turn left

3. Cross the rail bridge and take the path immediately left between the rail line and the access road.

4. This path takes you into the car park by the railway station and tea rooms. On your right before reaching the station take the path up the slope on the right between the car park and the access road.

5. At the end of this path you need to cross the main road. The Oakmere Way starts diagonally on the opposite side of the road.

6. The way is well marked and takes you through 2 miles of sandy tracks and turf to Stoneyford Lane.

7. Cross Stoneyford lane into the signed path on the far side signed ‘Whitegate way’

8. Where this path turns right leave it back on to Stoneyford Lane.

9. At the top of the hill turn left passing the horse friendly Forest View pub into Gallowsclough lane.

10. Where Gallowsclough lane bears right continue straight ahead on a bridleway signed Delamere Loop and back in to the Forest. Follow the main track ahead back into Whitfield car park.

 

6.5 miles

1. Leave Whitefield car park through the vehicle entrance and ride straight across the road with the Mere on your right.

2. Take the second left; (the first passes under the wires of Go Ape) and at the t junction of tracks turn left

3. Cross the rail bridge and take the path immediately left between the rail line and the access road.

4. This path takes you into the car park by the railway station and tea rooms. On your right before reaching the station take the path up the slope on the right between the car park and the access road.

5. At the end of this path you need to cross the main road. The Oakmere Way starts diagonally on the opposite side of the road.

6. The way is well marked and takes you through 2 miles of sandy tracks and turf to Stoneyford Lane.

7. Cross Stoneyford lane into the signed path on the far side signed ‘Whitegate way’

8. Follow this path when it bears right away from Stoneyford Lane

9. At the end of the path turn left onto Whitegate Way

10. At the end of Whitegate way pass under a bridge and take the bridlepath left signed Delamere Loop’.

11. At the end turn left, still on the Delamere Loop’.

12. At the cross roads continue straight ahead, passing the horse friendly Forest View pub into Gallowsclough lane.

13. Where Gallowsclough lane bears right continue straight ahead on a bridleway signed Delamere way and back in to the Forest. Follow the main track ahead back into Whitfield car park.

 

10 miles plus

1. Park at Whitegate station and ride north under the road bridge. At the very end of Whitegate way bear left under a bridge and take the bridlepath left signed Delamere Loop’.

2. At the end turn left, still on the Delamere Loop’.

3. At the cross roads continue straight ahead, passing the horse friendly Forest View pub into Gallowsclough lane.

4. Where Gallowsclough lane bears right continue straight ahead on a bridleway signed Delamere way and into the Forest. Follow the main track ahead into Whitfield car park, leave it through the entrance and ride straight across the road with the Mere on your right.

5. Take the second left; ( the first passes under the wires of Go Ape) and at the t junction of tracks turn left

6. Cross the rail bridge and take the path immediately left between the rail line and the access road.

7. This path takes you into the car park by the railway station and tea rooms. On you right before reaching the station take the path up the slope on the right between the car park and the access road.

8. At the end of this path you need to cross the main road carefully as the traffic is fast and the Oakmere Way starts diagonally on the opposite side of the road.

9. The way is well marked and takes you through 2 miles of sandy tracks and turf to Stoneyford Lane.

10. Cross the road into the signed path on the far side signed ‘Whitegate Way’

11. Follow this path when it bears right away from Stoneyford Lane

12. At the end of the path turn right onto Whitegate Way and back to Whitegate station.

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 Ride no. 4  Frodsham

Easy

4 miles

Park on the Ridgeway, grid reference SJ 513746. Get there from the B5393 off the A56 between Frodsham and Chester and turn left beyond Foxhill Arboretum onto the Ridgeway.

1.      Go back along the Ridgeway from the lay-by

2.      Turn right on the bridleway signed Sandstone Trail

3.      At a t-junction of tracks turn right and keep straight on where a footpath goes right

4.      At the top of the hill continue on the track which is now a gated lane, crossing a road at Shepherd’s Houses

5.      At a crossroads of roads and tracks turn right signed Delamere Way

6.      At the road turn left

7.      At a five-way junction with a transmitter on the left keep straight on to Newton

8.      In Newton village turn left on a bridleway next to some cottages

9.      Pass through a gate by a pond and bear left through two gates close together

10.  At the next gate ahead, turn right on the far side of the hedgeline and keep along the hedgeline and past another transmitter.

11.  At the road turn left back to the cross roads of roads and tracks

12.  Here turn right to retrace your steps back down the hill to the Ridgeway and your transport

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 Ride No 5  Kelsall (Primrosehill Wood) Revised 2015

 Easy

Five miles if you go straight through the wood.

Explorer 267 map or Landranger 117

Park on a hardstanding lay by at grid ref 537662 between Utkinton and Willington Hall.

 Ride west from the parking toward Willington Hall and immediately right up a track (Sandstone trail)

  1. At the road turn left passing tea rooms and then turn right at the t-junction
  2. At the entrance to Primrose Hill Wood (Forestry Commission) go right down the track into the wood. This area is smaller than Delamere but offers a maze of quiet tracks
  3. Eventually work your way to the track going uphill to leave the wood at the south east end (there is only one track here so you can’t go the wrong way)
  4. At the road turn right and go straight ahead to Tirley Garth
  5. Turn left down the bridleway here
  6. At the road turn right back to your transport

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 Ride no. 6  LITTLE BUDWORTH COUNTRY PARK  Revised 2015

Easy

Map Explorer 267

Length 5 miles, plus woodland and a sand canter track parallel to the Coach Road

The Country Park is formed by Little Budworth Common, a relic of the ancient forests of Cheshire, which never been farmed. You can ride most of the tracks in the woods on the west side of the Coach Road. 

If it is a race day the noise from nearby Oulton Park car/bike race circuit is very loud so you might want to check the schedule before setting off.

 Park at grid reference SJ 585653, at the start of a restricted byway. This is at the junction of Park Road and Rushton Lane. Reach this from the A49 by turning down Coach Road then turn right at the T Junction. The official car park on Coach Road has a height barrier.  There are two pubs in Little Budworth for a stop with your horse.

1  From the parking area, turn left on Park Road  and keep straight on, passing the Coach Road on the left and then through Little Budworth village

2       Bear left at the church.

3      After Little Budworth pool take the green lane on your left.

4      At the road, cross straight over into another track.

5      Take the left turn where this track splits

6      At the road turn left. This becomes a sandy track. Keep straight ahead here and cross straight over the Coach Road, crossing a one and a half mile gallop that parallels the Coach Road.

7      Go straight ahead to a t junction with a sand track just outside the wood and turn right onto this. 

8     When you meet a cross track turn left.

9     When this bears sharp right you will see a narrow path straight ahead, which brings you out on the A49, only a few yards from Oulton Mill Lane with a verge you can use.

10   Turn left on Oulton Mill Lane.

11 When the road forks take the left fork then turn left downhill to cross the dammed end of Oulton Mill pool and back to your transport.

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Ride no. 7  MILTON GREEN

 This is on Landranger map 117 and Explorer 257.

Easy- some bridges

6.5 miles

Park in the large layby outside the West  Cheshire depot at Chapel Lane Milton, just off the A41, Grid ref. SJ 461587

1.      From the lay-by at Milton Green continue down Chapel Lane to its end at Calveley Hall.

2.      Here turn right beside the building through  a vehicle scrapyard

3.      Pass behind  the Hall  through a gate and continue in the same direction as you were heading on Chapel Lane through a large field

4.      Bear right toward and through a bridlegate .

5.      keep straight ahead to the left of the hedge, with a track on the other side of the hedge

6.      Go through a gap in the hedge and left on the track

7.       watch for the bridleway marker post on the right: you leave the track here to follow the field edge alongside a ditched stream

8.      Cross a gated bridge and continue straight ahead becoming a green lane between hedges.

9.      Go through a gate then keep  the hedge on your right,

10.   When the hedge turns right through ninety degrees leave it to cross the field straight ahead, through another gate to the farm ahead.

11.  Pass through the farmyard and turn left on a lane.

12.   Where the lane bears right to Lea Manor Farm take the tarmac track to the left.

13.  Shortly,  leave this  track, bearing right, then keeping straight ahead through a gap in the hedge

14.  Two fields later there is a sign directing you to the right again down the farm track past Old Beachin Farm and Middle Beachin Farm.

15.  At the road turn left

16.  Turn left again to pass a church

17.  As the road bears right in Aldersey Green just past the village pump take the bridleway straight ahead.

18.  Follow this green into a field, cross the wooden bridge and through the next gate

19.  Keep the hedge to your right and through another gate

20.  The hedge is now on your left through a small field

21.  The next gate leads onto a green lane

22.  The green lane turns sharp right to meet the A41 in Milton Green

23.  Turn left, keeping on the grass verge in Milton Green for the short distance to Chapel Lane

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Ride no. 8  WHITEGATE WAY

 Whitegate Way

A , B     Northern circuit,

C , D         Southern circuit

Easy

Map Explorer 267 Landranger 117

Park at Whitegate Station Grid reference SJ616680

To get there from the A556 turn south at the Sandiway traffic lights signposted Whitegate.

After one and a half miles, at the cross roads turn right signposted Whitegate Way. You will go over the old railway line and turn immediately left into the old station approach - park at the far end. There are toilets here and picnic tables.

This is a popular ride. The Way, an old rail line, provides a total of five miles of riding track to the north and south of Whitegate station.

  Ride 8A   Northern route about 7 miles

1        Go north under the road and follow the Whitegate Way to the end.

2        Go through the gate and under the railway, taking the bridleway ahead signed ‘Delamere Loop’

3        At the end turn left on the road

4        At the cross roads by the Forest View pub (we stop for a drink!) turn left again.

5        Just after you cross the rail line again there is a permissive bridleway on the left back to the Whitegate Way.

6        Turn right on the Way back toward Whitegate station until the next access point and a bridge.

7        Climb the ramp on the right past the bridge and cross over the Way to take the first track right.

8        After passing lakes to the right and left take the sharp right, just before the track becomes a road. This leads back to the Whitegate Way.

9        Turn left back to Whitegate station.

 

 Ride 8B   Northern route addition about 3 miles

·        At point 7 above, after you cross over the Way, go straight on past the Hunt Kennels and take the bridleway on your right

·        At the road turn right

·        At the bottom of the hill turn right signed bridleway/byway and pass a caravan site

·        Keep on this track back to a t junction.

·        Turn left and resume the northern route from point 8

  

Ride 8C   Southern route 5.5 miles  Revised 2015

1.      Go south on the Way from the end of the car park

2.      Where the Way splits at Winsford take the left fork

3.      at the road turn left

4.      Turn left again up the first unmade lane, passing houses on either side.

5.      Take the first left again, a Byway

6.      This will bring you back to the Whitegate Way.

·        Turn right back to Whitegate Station.

 

Ride 8D    Southern route  6.25 miles

·        Go south on the Way from the end of the car park

·        Where the Way splits at Winsford take the left fork

·        At the road turn left

·        Turn left again up the first unmade lane, passing houses on either side.

·        Take the first left again, a bridleway

·        this will bring you back to the Whitegate Way.

·        Go  straight across the Way

·        Turn first right back to the Way.

·        Turn left back to Whitegate Station.

 

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 RIDES ALONG THE WIRRAL WAY

 This guide was kindly written by Julie Edwards for North Cheshire Riders.

 Car Park at Thurstaston Country Park Visitors Centre, Station Road, Thurstaston, Wirral.  Map ref;  SJ239836  

 Turn off A540 (Telegraph Road, Thurstaston) into Station Road, down to T junction and turn right, follow Station Road to the bottom; the car park is on the left.  There is a Café at the entrance to the car park which has Customer only toilets or there is a toilet block on the other side of the road (opposite the Café).

 If you intend to ride on the beach, check the times of the tides; the tide doesn’t always come right up to cover the whole of the beach on the above rides, but at a very high tide has been known to.

 Ride 1 “The Beach” (Approx. 1 – 1.5  hours) 

 Easy - not much road work.

 Take the Wirral Way from the car park under the bridge with the coast to your left. 

  1. Take the first exit on your left, turning right onto the lane, then down the concrete slipway by the sailing club
  2. Turn left along the beach with Wales across the water. Careful here; the slipway is indeed slippery, stay on the verge as far as possible.
  3. Follow the beach to Sheldrakes restaurant and leave the beach on the road past Sheldrakes.
  4. Just after the road bends to the right you will see an opening on your left back onto the Wirral Way,
  5. Turn left on the Way and you will end up back at the car park.

 Ride 2

Easy -an additional loop on a hilly wooded area returning back down lanes and quiet road work. 

  1. Take the Wirral Way from the car park under the bridge with the coast to your left. 
  2. Take the first exit on your left, turning right onto the lane, then down the concrete slipway by the sailing club
  3. Turn left along the beach with Wales across the water. Careful here; the slipway is indeed slippery, stay on the verge as far as possible.
  4. Follow the beach to Sheldrakes restaurant and leave the beach on the road past Sheldrakes and after crossing  the Wirral Way on the bridge turn left into Pipers Lane
  5. Turn immediately right into Bush Way.
  6. Find the bridle path of The Dales on your right and follow the path up and across the Dales, passing Dale Farm up the lane and turn left onto Oldfield Road,
  7. Left at the “crossroads” into Oldfield Drive, on slippery tarmac at first but then an unmade road.
  8. Turn left at the bottom onto the tarmac of Pipers Lane, turn right out onto Delavor Road and back down over the Wirral Way bridge, turning right into Banks Road
  9. Just after the road crosses the Way and bends left  you will see an opening on your right  back onto the Wirral Way,
  10. Turn right on the Way and you will end up back at the car park.

   

RIDE THREE (Approx. 2 – 2.5 hours)  “Royden Park ride”

 Easy-some roadwork involved.

 1.     Take the Wirral Way from the car park with the sea to your left

2.     When the Wirral Way drops down to a road and turn right on Croft Drive.  Follow this road up and round the bend to a T junction and turn right on Caldy Road). 

3.     Go straight across at the roundabout into Montgomery Hill (road).

4.     Just before the white cottage on the right, on the bend of the road, turn right into a bridle path, TAKE GREAT CARE on this bend.

5.     Keep the sandstone wall to your left and turn left in through the first gap of the wall.  You are now in Royden Park.  Along this path are some optional jumps through the woods. 

6.     The bridle path ends and immediately starts again to your right just by the little power station.   

7.     The bridle path comes out on the driveway of Royden Park,

8.      Turn left onto the drive for approx. 15 yards and then turn immediately right, ride along the edge of the field and into the woods, then passing the corner of Royden Park Lake on your right.

9.      The bridle path winds round three sides of a field, and then turns to the right where the road is facing ahead of you,

10.  ride up the path at the side of the little field, cross over the lane behind the private gate and up the path straight ahead,

11.   Turn right at the top onto another lane and through Irby Quarry.

12.    Follow this path to the end by some cottages,

13.  At the T-junction of the paths take the right hand bridle path.

14.   At the end of the bridle path, which may be muddy, turn right onto Sandy Lane.

15.  At the T junction turn right. 

16.  At the crossroads go straight across the A540 (Telegraph Road) into Station Road and down to the car park. This can be a very busy road to cross especially at weekends – take care.