A short woodland stroll visiting an interesting and atmospheric geological curiosity. Some steep and uneven ground, and mud may be encountered.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Facing the Gresty’s Waste car park entrance, walk left to the corner of the car park nearest the main road, and follow a short path linking to the Sandstone Trail. Turn left, away from the road, and follow the Sandstone Trail down some steps to a footbridge, and up the other side. Walk alongside a ﬁeld containing gallops, passing through a pair of gates. When you regain the woodland, swing left then right, uphill, following the Sandstone Trail waymarks.
(1) Follow the path beyond as it levels oﬀ until you reach an obvious junction of paths, where you turn left (downhill), still following the Sandstone Trail. This path is rocky in places. When you reach a forestry road, keep on in the same direction. After a short distance at a crossing of paths at the bottom of the valley, leave the track to the left, following a sign to the Urchin’s Kitchen. Walk down through the gorge between low sandstone cliﬀs. The path may be muddy in places; beyond the main outcrops a path climbs slightly to the left, avoiding the boggy valley ﬂoor, before dropping to a pond near the bottom edge of the wood.
(2) Turn left and follow a narrow path through the trees with the woodland edge on your right. When you reach the Sandstone Trail once more, turn right and retrace your steps to Gresty’s Waste.(D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 121 m - Gresty’s Waste car park
1 : km 0.85 - alt. 145 m - Junction
2 : km 1.36 - alt. 118 m - Narrow path
D/A : km 2.29 - alt. 121 m - Gresty’s Waste car park
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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