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Mid Cheshire Ridge

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Mid Cheshire Ridge

The Mid Cheshire Ridge is a range of low sandstone hills which stretch north to south through Cheshire in North West England. The ridge is discontinuous, with the hills forming two main blocks, north and south of the "Beeston Gap". The main mass of those to the south are known as the Peckforton Hills; the larger group of hills to the north do not have a collective name.


Significant summits

The ridge attains its highest elevation at Raw Head in the Peckforton Hills, some 227 m above sea level. Other significant summits are, from north to south:

  • Beacon Hill (150 m), 53.2846°N 2.7222°W / 53.2846; -2.7222 (Beacon Hill) (Frodsham)
  • Woodhouse Hill (145 m), 53.2763°N 2.7352°W / 53.2763; -2.7352 (Woodhouse Hill) (Frodsham)
  • Helsby Hill (140 m), 53.2737°N 2.7635°W / 53.2737; -2.7635 (Helsby Hill) (Helsby)
  • Alvanley Cliff (135 m), 53.2597°N 2.7356°W / 53.2597; -2.7356 (Alvanley Cliff) (Alvanley)
  • Birch Hill (158 m), 53.2591°N 2.7180°W / 53.2591; -2.7180 (Birch Hill) (Manley)
  • Old Pale (176 m), 53.2217°N 2.6854°W / 53.2217; -2.6854 (Old Pale) (Delamere)
  • Eddisbury Hill (158 m), 53.2200°N 2.6720°W / 53.2200; -2.6720 (Eddisbury Hill) (Delamere)
  • Primrosehill (158 m), 53.2083°N 2.6955°W / 53.2083; -2.6955 (Primrosehill) (Delamere)
  • High Billinge (175 m), 53.1910°N 2.6679°W / 53.1910; -2.6679 (High Billinge) (Utkinton)
  • Luddington Hill (145 m), 53.1766°N 2.6522°W / 53.1766; -2.6522 (Luddington Hill) (Utkinton)
  • (Beeston Gap)
  • Beeston Castle Hill (155 m), 53.1288°N 2.6935°W / 53.1288; -2.6935 (Beeston Castle Hill) (Beeston)
  • Stanner Nab (200 m), 53.1109°N 2.7016°W / 53.1109; -2.7016 (Stanner Nab) (Peckforton)
  • Peckforton Hill (203 m), 53.0968°N 2.7028°W / 53.0968; -2.7028 (Peckforton Hill) (Peckforton)
  • Burwardsley Hill (186 m), 53.0952°N 2.7092°W / 53.0952; -2.7092 (Burwardsley Hill) (Burwardsley)
  • Bulkeley Hill (220 m), 53.0925°N 2.7077°W / 53.0925; -2.7077 (Bulkeley Hill) (Bulkeley)
  • Bickerton Hill (Raw Head) (227 m), 53.0763°N 2.7441°W / 53.0763; -2.7441 (Bickerton Hill (Raw Head)) (Bickerton and Harthill)
  • Bickerton Hill (south) (193 m), 53.0756°N 2.7459°W / 53.0756; -2.7459 (Bickerton Hill (south)) (Bickerton)
  • Maiden Castle (210 m), 53.0709°N 2.7512°W / 53.0709; -2.7512 (Maiden Castle) (Bickerton & Duckington)
  • Geology

    The hills are composed of a range of sandstones of Permian and Triassic age. North–south faulting is in part responsible for elevating harder-wearing strata above the general level of the Cheshire Plain. Typically the higher summits are formed from the Helsby Sandstone.

    The ridge acted as something of a barrier to the passage of Irish Sea ice during the last ice age and its hills are etched with numerous glacial meltwater channels, many of which formed subglacially. Particularly spectacular examples are those at Urchin's Kitchen in Primrosehill Woods and at Holbitch Slack near Cotebrook.

    Hill forts

    A series of Iron Age hill forts adorn the ridge from Woodhouse Hill and Helsby Hill in the north through Eddisbury and Kelsborrow Castle to Maiden Castle in the south.


    The ridge is traversed by the popular Sandstone Trail, a middle-distance recreational route originally established by the former Cheshire County Council between Beacon Hill and Grindley Brook on the Shropshire border but now extended into Frodsham to the north and Whitchurch to the south. Sections of the Delamere Way, Longster Trail and Eddisbury Way also explore parts of the ridge.

    Numerous of the woods along the ridge have been used for orienteering competitions over the years. Horseriding is also popular in the area, as it is traversed by a number of bridleways, byways and green lanes.


    Mid Cheshire Ridge Wikipedia

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