Cross the A56 with care and walk ahead up Carriage Drive.

Continue uphill in the same direction until you reach the Jack Baker Memorial, put up in 1981 at the junction of tracks in Dunsdale.

From here, the adventurous can climb the red, sandstone cliffs known as Jacob’s Ladder on the left, while the more sedate can ascend via steps ahead.

Keep on the path alongside the golf course for a short distance, then turn right through the gorse to walk straight across it, towards Beacon Hill.

A short footpath then takes you onto Simons Lane.

Turn left to pass the Beacon Hill car park and the start of the Sandstone Trail.

After the entrance to Frodsham Golf Course turn right through a hedge gap and walk ahead beside the golfers’ practice area.

Continue between hawthorn hedge and leylandii to the farm road to Higher Mickledale.

Cross this and the next field, veering slightly left to a stile onto Manley Road.

Turn right to Shepherds’ Houses, where you turn right again down a farm track.

Keep ahead through a gate onto a footpath.

Ignore the left turn to Snidley Moor and go down wide, sandy steps to a rough-hewn bench, dedicated by the Woodland Trust to Irene Kathleen Miles.

Turn left here along the Sandstone Trail and follow it to the road known as The Ridgeway.

Turn right downhill (on high is the Foxhill lookout tower).

Take the left turn along Burrows Lane, aptly named as rabbits abound.

Then bear right through a kissing gate (you are now on the Longster Trail).

Walk along the field’s side with a stream on your right. At a barbed wire fence, turn right to cross the stream and go through a steel kissing gate, before continuing in the same direction to the road.

Turn left, passing Teuthill House and climbing the hill before turning right along a track signposted Hill Road and Helsby Hill.

This soon becomes a footpath, which you follow to a stile ahead.

After this, turn right up the bank, veer left round the side of the field and exit over another stile.

In the next field you soon turn right through a kissing gate, then walk along a hedge to a steel gate and Hill Road North.

Turn left uphill to Harmers Lake Farm, passing First Farm on the way.

Veer left along a track, sign-posted Alvanley Road.

At the next sign turn right onto National Trust property and walk up to the summit of Helsby Hill.

From the trig point (464 feet above sea level) turn right past a clump of gorse and descent the hill on a path between stunted oak, which can be muddy.

Keep right after going down steps and meeting a main track, then go right again for a short distance and leave the National Trust land over a stile.

Turn left here down a gorse-filled valley, eventually slipping through a snicket to Old Chester Road.

Turn right, then right again up Bates Lane. After the sandstone terrace of quarrymen’s cottages turn left through a gate onto a footpath.

Climb over a stile and cross a field, veering left to a stile, a plank bridge and the end of Proffits Lane.

Go down a snicket, between hedges of beech and privet, to a stream.

Continue across a field and turn right up Chestnut Lane at the ford.

Turn left along Tarvin Road, then immediately right to The Holt.

On reaching this, turn left before a white gate and go through a kissing gate.

Take the footpath along the wood’s edge, signposted to Frodsham, all the way to a superbly-built sandstone wall.

Climb uphill beside this to reach your first footpath again.

Turn left along it, retracing your steps back to Netherton Hall.

n Taken from Best Pub Walks in Cheshire and its sequel More Pub Walks in Cheshire and Wirral, by author Jen Darling, published by Northern Eye.

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