Sandstone Trail and Castles

Dates

Fri-Mon May 28th-31st

Organiser

Diane

Cost

£66 per person (including supplement) for the 3 nights. Option to stay at self-catering cottage, book directly with campsite. Caravan and motor homes welcome, book directly with campsite.

Activities

For the late May Whitsun bank holiday weekend, we are camping in Cheshire at Elm Cottage Touring Park.

Friday - After set up we plan a pizza night, served from the self-built woodfired pizza oven on site, to be booked in advance.

Saturday - We plan an 8 mile walk to the Old Pale Hill and Delamere Forest from Delamere station (car share to start point). The walk climbs to the summit of Pale Hill which is 176 metres above sea level and provides truly panoramic views of seven counties. The summit has a beautiful set of standing stones, that point you in the direction of each of the counties that are in a circular view, including Derbyshire, Lancashire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and the Welsh counties of Denbighshire and Flintshire. In the centre is the largest standing stone, representing Cheshire. Our descent takes us into Delamere Forest, the largest woodland in Cheshire, as well as the centrepiece, Blackmere Moss, a true haven for birds and wildlife. In the evening we plan a barbecue, and the campsite provides live music.

Sunday - We plan a 6 mile walk to Beeston and Peckforton Castles. Walk starts at Beeston Castle, the ruins of a 13th century castle which sits high upon a sandstone crag. The route heads out across farmland to circle Peckforton Castle. Although built as a family home, it was constructed in the style of a medieval castle. We can extend the walk as an option from there. Pub evening meal or a barbecue.

Monday - Several options including visit to Cholmondeley Castle and Gardens, or hire bikes for a ride around Delamere Forest.

Refreshments

Self-catering on campsite. Shop on site with local produce to purchase. Nearby pubs, plus shops on route of walks.

Travel

Nearest train station is Delamere, 6 miles away. Car share may be available, arranging lifts is an individual responsibility and is not arranged by event leader.

Accommodation

Elm Cottage Touring Park, Chester Lane, near Winsford, Cheshire, CW7 2QJ

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