This took me to a circular walk up and over the hills that run on the Sandstone trail, a popular long distance walk that runs 34 miles/55 kilometres over Cheshire’s countryside. I chose this area as it features dramatic sandstone ridges and outstanding panoramas, which at this time of the year provides a beautiful scene of contrasting colours. It is also an area steeped in history with hill forts and settlements featured along the ridge dating back to the Iron Age.
I’m sure with a little ‘je ne sais quoi’ it would have made a nice home!
Now we were talking. This is ‘cave life’ at its best and it's no wonder that Mad Allen stayed here until he died aged 70yrs!
Confused, and again questioning my sanity, I picked up the pace a bit and arrived at Maidens Castle on Larkton Hill, the remains of an Iron Age fort dating back to first century BC. This fort was part of a group of hill forts which lined the central ridge of Cheshire and the history surrounding those who built it and lived there is really interesting and is worth further investigation.
This was a great walk which provided a real sense of Autumn as the warm, rich hues of both the leaves and sandstone ridges created a vibrant display of colour. It also allowed for a great ridge walk and some great views across Cheshire and beyond. Add in the crazed sound of pheasants, crazed eyes of wild ponies and mad men living in caves, and you have an endearing walk filled with wonderment and intrigue.