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Saturday Walk: Sandstone Trail in a day

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11 July
Chris Harris
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Day meet
The area and details of the meet
Officially the Sandstone Trail is 34 miles long and there is about 3700 feet of climbing (excluding stiles). There are no big hills and the southern section is really quite flat. The hill sections give good views of the Pennines and Welsh mountains, Bickerton Hill is particularly attractive
We will be walking South to North so that we are "walking home". The ends of the trail are marked with a sandstone obelisk outside the Bears Paw Public House at Frodsham, and a 2m high sandstone archway at the entrance of the car park at Jubilee Park, Whitchurch.
The aim is to walk the complete trail in a day but some may like to just do the end section from Burwardsley to Frodsham, about 20 miles. Those doing the full trail will need to start about 6am in Whitchurch and if you can maintain 3mph (a brisk pace) you would arrive in Frodsham about 6pm. Realistically this would be more like 8pm due to food and comfort stops. I believe the record stands at 4hrs 10 minutes. It is a low level walk (745ft max height) but there are not many shops or refreshment stops on the route so it will be a case of travelling light but having enough snacks and drink. The trail is well marked so navigation should not be a problem
The photo is of a canal boat on the Shropshire Union Canal