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Drawn to The Ridge

Sandstone Ridge   Cyclers in Autumn 8

Are you aware of the numerous cycling routes which are available throughout The Sandstone Ridge?

Some are suitable for the novice cyclist, some for the entire family, whilst others are for the most serious of our cyclists who have been riding for decades and who are still tweaking their bikes on a regular basis!

Route 70 of the Cheshire Cycleway Network also crosses the area CLICK HERE.

If you don't have your own bike, then there are lots of cycle hire companies in and around the area.

The dramatic ridge of sandstone which dominates this part of Cheshire provides breathtaking scenery, with many cyclists being drawn to this distinctive landscape.

Historic features punctuate the ridge-line. These include castles such as Peckforton, Beeston and Maiden Castle, the remains of early Iron Age hill forts, burial mounds and ring ditches.

The ruins of Beeston Castle, for example, stand proudly on an outcrop, whilst the nearby Peckforton Castle, was built much later as a country house for the first Lord Tollemache.

It's well worth the steady climb up to Higher Burwardsley for the excellent views across the Cheshire Plain.

Enjoy the exhilarating descent before another short climb to the top of Harthill with its distinctive buildings built by the Barbour Family in times past.

Circling Larkton Hill, there is an impressive area of heathland owned and managed by the National Trust.

You can still see the earthworks of Maiden Castle, one of the largest and most complex Iron Age hill forts in Europe.

For more information on cycle routes on The Sandstone Ridge CLICK HERE.

Enjoy the challenges (whatever your goals) — happy cycling!