Boots on: Getting ready to start walking the Sandstone Trail

The Cheshire Sandstone Trail is easy to reach by car, bus, train or bike — and can be walked in either direction. So you can start from either end, or anywhere in between.

Parking for the Sandstone Trail

There are lots of official car parks and other parking places along the Sandstone Trail, on Cheshire’s Sandstone Ridge

Please consider other people and park thoughtfully. In particular, do not block or obstruct local access or private property.

Be aware that careless parking may infringe the Road Traffic Act and be liable to fines or legal action.

Sandstone Trail car parks include those at:

  • Beacon Hill, Frodsham
  • Barnsbridge Gates, on the ‘switchback road’ in Delamere Forest
  • Hatchmere picnic area
  • Vale Royal District Council car park on the Yeld, Kelsall
  • Gresty’s Waste, on the A54 at Kelsall
  • Willington Corner car park, at the junction of Willington Lane and Chapel Lane, Willington
  • car park opposite Beeston Castle.

South of Beeston Castle, they include:

  • Cheshire Workshops car park, at Higher Burwardsley (the front part of the car park only)
  • National Trust Pool Lane car park, off Goldford Lane, Bickerton
  • National Trust car park at the southern end of Larkton Hill
  • Jubilee Park car park at the bottom of Sherrymill Hill, Whitchurch.

Unofficial parking spaces and lay-bys, usually for a few cars only, also exist at various places where the Trail crosses minor roads.

Main locations (from North to South) include:

  • The Ridgeway, at Alvanley
  • Commonside, below Alvanley Cliff
  • lay-by below Simmond’s Hill, Manley
  • New Pale Road, close to Manley Common
  • numerous lay-bys alongside the ‘switchback road’, in Delamere Forest
  • King’s Gate, Primrosehill Wood, Kelsall
  • Tirley Lane, Willington
  • alongside Willington Lane, Willington
  • lay-by opposite junction of Crib Lane and Pudding Lane, Tiverton
  • off Stonehouse Lane, below Bulkeley Hill
  • alongside Coppermines Lane, near Rawhead
  • off Goldford Lane, opposite Bickerton Church
  • lay-by on Bickley Lane, Bickleywood.

Pub Car Parks

Many of the pubs along the Trail have Sandstone Trail Information Boards and car parking for walkers, too. But remember that pub car parks are private and walkers should always ask permission before leaving their car.


The Sandstone Trail is easy to reach by car and taxi from the A49 (north/south) and the A534 (east/west).

Car hire is available from Chester, Crewe, Wrexham, Liverpool and Manchester; for more details visit Rhino Car Hire.

Or get on your bike?


There are good rail links to several places along the Sandstone Trail.

Relevant stations include Frodsham at the northern end, Delamere roughly in the middle, and Whitchurch at the southern end of the Trail.

Both Frodsham and Delamere stations have regular services from Chester and Manchester; while Whitchurch station has regular services from Crewe and Shrewsbury.

For train times and passenger information, call the Cheshire Traveline on 0870 608 2608 seven days a week between 8am and 8pm,
or email

Or for train and coach information and best-price bookings, try Trainline.


Regular bus services connect most of the major towns and villages along the Sandstone Trail.

For bus times and passenger information, visit the Cheshire Traveline.

Or get on your bike?