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distance 3.31km Vertical gain +53m Vertical drop -53m Durée 1h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Leek - Staffordshire

Never far from the town centre, but with parkland and rural interludes.

Walking The Churnet Valley ( Download : )
distance 9.03km Vertical gain +80m Vertical drop -80m Durée 2h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Leek - Staffordshire

Town and country walking with a long stretch alongside a canal feeder in the quiet Churnet valley.

Walking Tittesworth Reservoir ( Download : )
distance 12.23km Vertical gain +133m Vertical drop -138m Durée 3h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Leek - Staffordshire

Lakeside walking and superb views.

distance 11.31km Vertical gain +323m Vertical drop -316m Durée 4h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Leekfrith - Staffordshire

This North Staffordshire walk starts from Tittesworth Reservoir and climbs onto the Roaches, a popular rocky escarpment in the Peak District National Park. The return includes the summit of Hen Cloud before crossing typical Staffordshire countryside.

distance 7.13km Vertical gain +192m Vertical drop -191m Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Leekfrith - Staffordshire

The Roaches are a dominant feature of the North Staffordshire landscape and this walk provides a perfect introduction to this rugged area. An integral part of the Peak District National Park, this gritstone edge has superb views over the surrounding area.

Walking The Roaches & Lud's Church ( Download : )
distance 11.02km Vertical gain +360m Vertical drop -357m Durée 4h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Leekfrith - Staffordshire

The Roaches are a popular place to walk offering dramatic views in this part of North Staffordshire. This walk includes Lud's Church a deep chasm that has some interesting historical connections.

distance 11.07km Vertical gain +245m Vertical drop -251m Durée 3h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Leekfrith - Staffordshire

This is a beautiful walk along The Roaches providing beautiful views from both sides of the ridge.

distance 8.19km Vertical gain +184m Vertical drop -192m Durée 2h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Rushton (Staffordshire) - Staffordshire

This North Staffordshire linear walk starts in the village of Rushton Spencer near Leek and follows the Staffordshire Way to the summit of the Cloud. This local landmark offers some wonderful views across north Cheshire and north Staffordshire.

distance 15.53km Vertical gain +324m Vertical drop -323m Durée 5h20 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

An exploration of northern Staffordshire that is rarely walked.

distance 6.8km Vertical gain +186m Vertical drop -175m Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

This Peak District walk explores the quieter side of the Staffordshire Roaches visiting the rocky cleft of Lud's Church before exploring the moorland and woodland of Back Forest. The views into Cheshire are excellent. Route finding is fine provided you take care when descending from Roach End.

distance 8.76km Vertical gain +213m Vertical drop -190m Durée 3h05 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

A Staffordshire walk that explores the valleys and high ground to the west of the Roaches.

distance 13.14km Vertical gain +371m Vertical drop -365m Durée 4h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Quarnford - Staffordshire

A Peak District walk that includes counties - Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire. The route uses a mixture of paths, tracks and minor roads and also includes a section of the Dane Valley Way.

Three Shires Head and Knotbury from Gradbach
distance 11.2km Vertical gain +211m Vertical drop -209m Durée 3h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

A Peak District walk full of interest that visits Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire. The route is generally easy to follow and the highlights are the packhorse bridges at Three Shires Head, the quarries at Danebower and some excellent panoramas.

distance 11.29km Vertical gain +298m Vertical drop -297m Durée 4h05 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Congleton - Cheshire

Nice walk passing by The Cloud, Rushton Bank and Bridestones.

distance 31.48km Vertical gain +452m Vertical drop -454m Durée 10h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Congleton - Cheshire

The Gritstone Trail runs for 56 km through the Cheshire countryside, west of the Peak District, from Disley to Kidsgrove. This third stage picks up the trail at The Cloud, having left Congleton in a circular route using the Dales Valley Way and the towpath along the Macclesfield Canal to the aqueduct over the River Dale. The route passes Timbersbrook, Nick i' th' Hill, Cheshire's Close, Mow Cop and rejoins the Macclesfield Canal before following the Trent & Mersey Canal into Kidsgrove.

distance 12.29km Vertical gain +352m Vertical drop -351m Durée 4h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hollinsclough - Derbyshire

This Peak District walk explores the upper section of the Dove valley and sees few walkers.

distance 9.07km Vertical gain +315m Vertical drop -317m Durée 3h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Longnor (Derbyshire) - Derbyshire

This route starts from the attractive North Staffordshire village of Longnor. It then crosses the Dove Valley into Derbyshire, passes through Earl Sterndale to climb High Wheeldon before re-crossing the Dove back into Staffordshire. The scenery en-route is varied with excellent views of this part of the Peak District throughout.

distance 15.28km Vertical gain +243m Vertical drop -240m Durée 5h05 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Longnor (Derbyshire) - Derbyshire

A Peak District walk that explores the uppear reaches of the Dove and Manifold Valleys. The route is generally easy to navigate and uses a series of paths and tracks across the Limestone country. Refreshments are available at the start and at Hartington.

Walking Kinderfields Edge ( Download : )
distance 4.45km Vertical gain +144m Vertical drop -140m Durée 1h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Sutton (Cheshire) - Cheshire

A walk through sheep pastures with wide views and sturdy stone-built hill farms.

distance 11.54km Vertical gain +381m Vertical drop -381m Durée 4h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Sutton (Cheshire) - Cheshire

An invigorating climb to a notable summit with glorious forest and moorland views (no dogs).

Walking Rossendale Brook ( Download : )
distance 3.82km Vertical gain +118m Vertical drop -118m Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Sutton (Cheshire) - Cheshire

A streamside and farmland stroll with fine views to Sutton Common.

Walking Gritstone stroll ( Download : )
distance 2.49km Vertical gain +72m Vertical drop -72m Durée 0h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Sutton (Cheshire) - Cheshire

A fairly easy stroll up the hill behind the pub, offering good views to Tegg’s Nose and Sutton Common.

Walking Langley and Tegg’s Nose ( Download : )
distance 10.97km Vertical gain +282m Vertical drop -284m Durée 3h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Sutton (Cheshire) - Cheshire

Featuring rolling hills, wooded reservoirs and an optional climb to a viewpoint with geological and industrial interest.

Walking Sutton Common ( Download : )
distance 7.21km Vertical gain +200m Vertical drop -200m Durée 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Sutton (Cheshire) - Cheshire

After a pleasant ramble along a stream, the effort of climbing to the TV mast is rewarded by a scenic ridge walk.

distance 10.33km Vertical gain +194m Vertical drop -195m Durée 3h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

A pleasant Peak District walk in the Staffordshire Moorlands. The route uses a mixture of paths, tracks and quiet country lanes to explore the area. For many, the highlight will be Three Shires Head with its packhorse bridge and waterfalls.

Three Shires Head from Danebower Hollow
distance 7.49km Vertical gain +166m Vertical drop -167m Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

A short Peak District walk that explores the area around Three Shires Head where the counties of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire meet. The route uses sections of old packhorse routes as well as footpaths.

distance 6.33km Vertical gain +194m Vertical drop -195m Durée 2h20 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Sutton (Cheshire) - Cheshire

This circular walk offers some great views around Rossen Clough.

distance 12.39km Vertical gain +479m Vertical drop -471m Durée 4h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Sutton (Cheshire) - Cheshire

A Cheshire walk that explores the area around the Macclesfield Forest. The route includes Shutlingsloe, views towards Wildboarclough, the Cat & Fiddle and the Macclesfield Forest

Walking Trentabank to Shutlingsloe ( Download : )
distance 7.76km Vertical gain +295m Vertical drop -287m Durée 3h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Sutton (Cheshire) - Cheshire

Lovely walk through forest and moorland from Trentabank to Shutlingsloe.

Shutlingsloe from Trentabank
distance 4.81km Vertical gain +212m Vertical drop -213m Durée 2h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Sutton (Cheshire) - Cheshire

A short walk in the Cheshire sector of the Peak District National Park. Shutlingsloe is known as the Cheshire Matterhorn and offers some excellent views.

Wildboarclough & Shutlingsloe
distance 10.97km Vertical gain +358m Vertical drop -351m Durée 4h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Sutton (Cheshire) - Cheshire

A route to the summit of the Cheshire Matterhorn and more!

Walking Ridgegate to Tegg's Nose ( Download : )
distance 9.49km Vertical gain +350m Vertical drop -347m Durée 3h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Sutton (Cheshire) - Cheshire

From Ridgegate to Tegg's Nose, this walk passes through small hills and forests.

distance 11.33km Vertical gain +344m Vertical drop -337m Durée 4h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Sutton (Cheshire) - Cheshire

This Cheshire walk lies within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park and provides a pleasant excursion into this surprisingly beautiful part of Britain. The walk includes the viewpoint of Tegg's Nose and the trio of reservoirs in the valley.

Walking Rossendale Ramble ( Download : )
distance 19.83km Vertical gain +511m Vertical drop -504m Durée 7h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Sutton (Cheshire) - Cheshire

This Cheshire Walk was produced to assist fundraising for the Rossendale Trust. The route covers a section of the Gritstone Way and other scenic parts of Cheshire. Some of the route lies within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park.

distance 15.44km Vertical gain +314m Vertical drop -314m Durée 5h20 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

Shining Tor is the highest point in Cheshire and the first objective of this Peak District walk. Crossing the border into Staffordshire the walk continues across Axe Edge Moor offering excellent views. The walk uses high moorland paths for most of the way and is best saved for a clear day.

Walking Gawsworth & Danes Moss ( Download : )
distance 7.98km Vertical gain +23m Vertical drop -23m Durée 2h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Gawsworth - Cheshire

Five minutes’ drive to a fascinating village, with a mossland nature reserve and gentle canal scenery.

Walking Taddington & Chee Dale ( Download : )
distance 17.69km Vertical gain +285m Vertical drop -286m Durée 5h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Chelmorton - Derbyshire

A series of villages in spectacular limestone country, with an exciting riverside stretch.

Walking Buxton via Cowdale ( Download : )
distance 8.35km Vertical gain +116m Vertical drop -136m Durée 2h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Chelmorton - Derbyshire

A one-way stroll through a series of hamlets to the historic spa town of Buxton.

Walking Deep Dale & Chelmorton ( Download : )
distance 6.96km Vertical gain +92m Vertical drop -95m Durée 2h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Chelmorton - Derbyshire

Impressive limestone cliffs and caves, a pretty village and a cosy local pub.