Bickerton and Larkton Hills

Green

19 September 2021

Two dogs allowed

Covid-19

Do not walk if you are feeling unwell. Carry your own hand sanitiser. In case of an emergency ensure you have with you a face mask and first aid pack.
Inevitably, the route will go through gates and over stiles that other people will have touched. It may have narrow sections that mean you will be passing close to other people.

This walk starts and ends at the Bickerton Hill car park. Bickerton Hill is a National Trust area, including open heath, woodland, and (weather permitting!) excellent views over the Cheshire Plain and towards distant hills. It is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its lowland heath plants and wildlife.

We walk from the car park to skirt the woods and then join the Sandstone trail along the ridge to Maiden Castle, which is an Iron Age hill fort situated on the central ridge of Bickerton Hill. We continue down a steep sandstone hill and then onwards to Larkton hill and return through woodland paths to the car park.

view of Larkton Hill
view of Maiden Castle

‘The red sandstone of the area comes dramatically to the surface across the landscape. An Iron Age fort, Maiden Castle, a Scheduled Ancient Monument of national importance lies at the highest point of the hill – 212m above sea level. On a fine day you can see all the way to the Welsh mountains. The castle was built at Bickerton between 500 and 600 BC, and was probably still occupied when the Romans arrived in Britain. The whole site would have been
a bustling settlement with stone and timber buildings, trackways and livestock enclosures.  Today you can still see the two semi-circular ramparts that were used to defend the settlement ‘(National Trust Website).

Meeting Time:
09:50
Meeting Place:
At walk start point
Walk Starts:
10:00
Walk Finishes:
13:30
Distance:
7.0km
Duration (incl stops):
3:30
Ascent:
310m
Highest Point:
212m Maiden Castle
Terrain:
Good paths but some uneven surfaces.
Map/Area:
OS Explorer 257 Crewe and Nantwich
Starting Point:
Bickerton Hill Car Park – off Goldford Lane. Nearest postcode SY14 8LN OS grid reference: SJ 50318 53033
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Safety

Let the walk leader know of any relevant medical conditions

Refer to the Handbook for walk related information and specifically for recommended walking equipment https://ohwc.org.uk/kit-list/ and safety information https://ohwc.org.uk/safety/

Remember you are responsible for being properly equipped

Ensure you have the walk leader’s phone number in case of an emergency

If you become detached from the group STOP, call out; try contacting group by phone or text. If no contact return to the last place you were with the group. Wait 30 mins repeatedly trying to make contact. After 30 mins seek help and/or make your own way safely.

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The Google map below is the location of the walk start point.

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