Little Budworth Common

Gentle green lanes to an attractive area of lowland heath and woodland designated an SSSI.

Technical sheet
No. 15759553
A Utkinton walk posted on 11/10/21 by Walks from the Door. Update : 11/10/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h45[?]
Distance Distance : 5.75km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 36m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 32m
Highest point Highest point : 94m
Lowest point Lowest point : 70m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Utkinton
Starting point Starting point : N 53.181693° / W 2.643688°
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(D/A) From the front door, turn right for a few yards and cross the main road with extreme care to a hand-gate into the field opposite. Cross the field, following a line of trees, to Utkinton Lane.

(1) Turn right past Utkinton Lodge Farm at the bottom of Hollins Hill. Carry straight on at the junction with Briar Lane. Cross the B5351 Stable Lane and walk past the church to the A49.

(2) Cross carefully and turn left. At a layby, take a restricted byway over the stream beyond the telephone booth. The byway starts as a narrow path then becomes a sunken way before meeting a wider track. Follow the track ahead; beyond Hunters Cottage it becomes a grassy green lane.

(3) At a crossroads of tracks, turn right; follow this track along the edge of Little Budworth Common for a little over half a mile until you meet a road. Turn left into the Country Park. After ¼ mile, turn left on a crossing riding track marked with a horseshoe waymark. The track crosses an open area; as it re-enters the trees, bear right, to skirt the woodland with open heathland on your immediate right. Pass through a belt of trees and cross a fenced path, keeping ahead on another path, still with trees to the left and heathland to the right.

(4) At the end of the open area, bear left through the trees to a track by a sign for Smithy Lane. Turn right and left onto a sandy track with the open lawns of a polo ground on your right. 

(3) Follow the track to a crossroads; from this point on you are retracing your earlier steps. Go straight on, passing Hunters Cottage on your right. When the track bends right, take the path ahead, which leads down to the phonebox by the A49. Bear left along the pavement and cross at the road junction into Utkinton Lane.

Cross Stable Lane beyond the church. Pass the end of Briar Lane on the left and Hollins Hill on the right. Beyond Utkinton Lodge Farm, turn left over the stile and follow the path back to the A49 and the Alvanley Arms.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 82m - The Alvanley Arms
1 : km 0.38 - alt. 94m - Utkinton Lodge Farm
2 : km 0.78 - alt. 74m - Cotebrook
3 : km 1.67 - alt. 79m - Crossroads of tracks
4 : km 3.91 - alt. 79m - End of the open area
D/A : km 5.75 - alt. 82m - The Alvanley Arms

Useful Information

Muddy in places. Awkward road crossing at the start and finish.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Little Mill Pond, one of several attractive ponds in the area that once supplied a head of water to local watermills.

The Bailiff’s House is a Grade II listed building, which possibly acted as the forest courthouse or as the home of an officer of Delamere Forest.

Little Budworth Common is an SSSI, described as "one of the best surviving examples of lowland heath in Cheshire".

Over 400 years old, the Alvanley Arms is a traditional country pub in the small village of Cotebrook near Tarporley, Cheshire. Warm, welcoming and with a personal touch, the Alvanley Arms is the ideal place to stay for both business and pleasure. Open all year around, this quintessential English inn offers an attractive beer garden overlooking the duck pond and trout lake in summer and, in winter, a cosy bar with a glowing log fire. Set amidst the beautiful Cheshire countryside with scenic views and walks to enjoy, and boasting six luxurious en-suite bedrooms, the Alvanley Arms is the perfect base for visitors looking to explore Cheshire's many tourist attractions such as Oulton Park, Blakemere Craft Centre, Chester or Tatton Park.

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