The Sandstone Ridge is a special place. Standing prominently above the surrounding plain, it is one of Cheshire's most distinctive landscapes, covering 230 sq km of rolling hills and sandstone escarpments stretching between the Mersey Valley and the county boundary with Shropshire.
The Ridge is essentially a rural landscape, providing a living for over 400 farmers and landowners, and is the chosen location of over 1,000 businesses. More than 36,000 live in the area, whilst in excess of one million visitors a year are attracted to it from Cheshire and the surrounding conurbations of Greater Manchester, Merseyside and the Potteries.
It also provides us with some of the essentials of life, such as, clean air and water, food, timber and raw materials. Furthermore, it helps to regulate our climate, stores flood waters, filters pollution, and provides opportunities for us to improve our health and happiness.
The Ridge has many special qualities that define its sense of place and distinctiveness, and make it highly cherished:
These themes are continued in Interpretation Boards at key locations across the Ridge, which help explain about the landscape and the work being done to manage its heritage. These are aimed at helping those who visit, work and live along the Ridge to appreciate the special qualities of the area.