Old Pale & Eddisbury Hillfort

A rewarding walk with wide views and a visit to a well-preserved Iron Age fort. Some modest climbs, and occasional mud after rain.

Technical sheet
No. 15788902
A Delamere walk posted on 12/10/21 by Walks from the Door. Update : 09/11/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h35[?]
Distance Distance : 4.86km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 71m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 67m
Highest point Highest point : 169m
Lowest point Lowest point : 121m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Delamere
Starting point Starting point : N 53.213168° / W 2.690034°
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Description

Start : Gresty’s Waste car park, along A54. Grid ref. SJ 540 686

(D/A) Facing the Gresty’s Waste car park entrance, walk left to the corner of the car park nearest the main road (A54), and follow a short path linking to the Sandstone Trail. A gap in the fence on your right gives access to the road: cross carefully and follow the Sandstone Trail beyond, passing between Kelsall Lodge on your right and a small stone building on the left. Follow the Sandstone Trail, keeping straight on at a crossing path (signposted Kelsall to the left and Stoney Lane to the right).

(1) Not long after passing a sculpture of a two-headed wild boar, turn right (East) onto another path, signposted “Sandstone Trail Alternative Route”. Follow the path through a gap in the hedge and then up the bank, towards the masts on Old Pale Hill. Ignore a crossing track as you pass below the masts and covered reservoir until you reach a viewpoint with a topograph and stones indicating the counties visible. Take a track to the right (between the stones for Derbyshire and Staffordshire) and follow it downhill, with the masts still on your right. Ignore a path heading off to the right.

(2) When you reach the woodland edge, go through the gap in the hedge then turn immediately right, with the wood on your left and the hedge on your right. Follow the woodland edge until you reach a metalled farm track.

(3) Turn left. Walk downhill for 200 yards, then turn right off the road, through a gate. Turn immediately right (before the bench) and follow the right-hand edge of the field, uphill. At the top of the hill, just before the track passes between two facing metal gates, squeeze between three stakes on the right and climb to the obvious earthwork of Eddisbury Hillfort.

Follow the rampart until you reach the reconstructed eastern entrance; here, drop down between low rock outcrops towards the fenced grassy track you left earlier. At an interpretation panel set in a large rock, negotiate the stile and emerge into the road.

(4) Turn right and follow the road past Old Pale Cottages. When the road swings right (with the entrance to Old Pale Farm on your right), take the footpath through the kissing gate straight ahead. Follow this footpath for ¾ mile along the field edge, passing the bottom of a dry valley at a kissing gate partway along.

In the far corner, go through a third kissing gate and follow the fence ahead, with a paddock on your left. Beyond a stile, follow the path through the woods until you rejoin the Sandstone Trail. Turn left and walk the short distance back to Kelsall Lodge and Gresty’s Waste.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 122m - Gresty’s Waste car park entrance
1 : km 0.61 - alt. 151m - Sculpture
2 : km 1.7 - alt. 151m - Woodland edge
3 : km 2.1 - alt. 146m - Metalled farm track
4 : km 2.97 - alt. 135m - Eddisbury Hill
D/A : km 4.86 - alt. 121m - Gresty’s Waste car park entrance

Useful Information

Start : Gresty’s Waste car park, along A54. Grid ref. SJ 540 686

Driving to the start :
The walk begins at Gresty’s Waste car park, 1½ miles from the Fishpool Inn. To reach it by car, turn left as you leave the Fishpool Inn car park, following the A54 towards Chester and Kelsall. At the oblique junction with the A556, turn left; Gresty’s Waste is signposted on your left after ¼ mile, just after a former toll house (the car park is free, but closes after 6.30pm).

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