Rocket robin?: A friendly robin perches on a Sandstone Trail sign close to Beeston Castle
The Sandstone Trail’s distinctive yellow plastic waymarker discs feature an arrow and a black boot print containing the letter ‘S’.
Waymarkers are fixed to stiles, posts, fences and trees, and indicate the direction as you stand directly in front of them. Most paths are well used and clear, but some field paths may be less obvious. Some paths skirt field edges, while others head straight across. Look for waymarked stiles or gates in the far hedge, or darker lines in the grass showing where others have walked.
Waymarkers and Fingerposts
Wooden fingerposts are located at major junctions and wherever the route is unclear. They show the direction, destination, and distance in miles. Most also display the Sandstone Trail symbol of a black boot print containing the letter ‘S’ on a yellow background.
Other fingerposts show side paths associated with the Trail; these are waymarked with a plain yellow arrow on a black background.
The best maps for exploring the Sandstone Trail, on Cheshire’s Sandstone Ridge, are those published by the Ordnance Survey. Although the Trail is shown on the silver and magenta covered Landranger 1:50,000 series, the larger scale, extra detail, and field boundaries of the orange covered Explorer 1:25,000 series make them every serious walker’s map of choice.
Two Explorer maps cover the Trail: 267 Northwich and Delamere Forest