Walk of the Week: the Macclesfield Canal and Middlewood Way

Explore one of England’s ‘Walkers are Welcome’ towns on this delightful 2½-mile circular route. 

A grand day out: the best stately homes in Cheshire

The county is blessed when it comes to impressive manor houses.

A Slow day in… Chester

Steeped in history – Roman, medieval, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian – Chester is a charming place to wander down the ages.

Exploring Cheshire’s outdoor attractions

We take a tour of the county’s lesser-known trails, nature reserves and forests.

South Cheshire

Peckforton Castle is well positioned atop a high ridge © Philip Bird LRPS CPAGB, Shutterstock Great walking and cycling with panoramic views is guaranteed in the hills of Sandstone Ridge, with forts and ancient villages to explore. South Cheshire runs from the outskirts of Chester to Nantwich, via the borders of Wales and Shropshire and…

Mersey & Northwest Cheshire

For every chemical works or power station that blights the landscape, there’s a quarry turned nature reserve or postcard-pretty village. Much of the northwest corner of the county belies the typically rural image of Cheshire, dominated as it is by the large towns of Warrington, Widnes and Runcorn that flank the Mersey and Manchester Ship…

Macclesfield & the Peak District

This corner of Cheshire, bumping up against the Pennines, gets gradually wilder the further inland you head. To the west of the Macclesfield Canal it’s still gently rolling and pastoral, while to the east things get more extreme. Here, lush green fields and grazing cattle give way to dark wild moors and wind-whipped sheep; pretty…

Northeast Cheshire

Knutsford, the real-life Cranford, is a charming country town with characterful streets, quirky architecture and the grand Tatton Estate right on the doorstep. If northwest Cheshire is often dismissed by the unknowing as being all downtrodden industrial wasteland, the northeast is often sneered at for being all ostentatious wealth and bling. There’s some truth in…

Crewe & the Staffordshire Borders

Don’t be surprised to be called ‘duck’ or ‘shug’ in these parts; these are local terms of endearment. Cheshire’s eastern edge is an industrious place, focusing on four busy towns: Crewe, Alsager, Sandbach and Congleton. Each was once a country backwater but all have transformed into populous centres, thanks to the roles they played in…

Stockport & the Cheshire Panhandle

Surrounded by lovely countryside and rich in industrial heritage, Marple is also on the Cheshire Ring route, so ideal for canal lovers. Some might feel that ‘Stockport and the Cheshire Panhandle’ has no place in a 21st-century guide to Cheshire, the whole of the area within it having been parcelled up and hived off to…