Walks with Kids

Bickerton Hill & Mad Allen’s Hole, Cheshire

October 1, 2016

Sarah has been doing some serious research recently. After her success in finding Nant Mill recently she had another crack at finding somewhere awesome for us to explore.

Car parks: SY14 8LN off Goldford Lane or Sy14 8LH off Old Coach Road.

Toilets: Please note there are no toilets at Bickerton Hill

For a full window OS map and route click here.

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Bickerton Hill is part of the famous Sandstone Trail in Cheshire, UK. The Sandstone Trail is a 55-kilometre (34 mi) long-distance walkers’ path, following sandstone ridges running north–south from Frodsham in central Cheshire to Whitchurch just over the Shropshire border.

Bickerton Hill refers to two low red sandstone hills that form the southern end of the Mid Cheshire Ridge in Cheshire, north-west England.

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Parked in a car park at the bottom of the hill we took the right hand path and headed up. Sandstone, grasses and heather surround you as you ascend a mild incline. This isn’t a place for buggies, I saw one all to relatable and familiar sight in a dad trying to drag one up and in turn looking to his partner for some non existent sympathy .

It’s no more than 10 minutes before we hit Kitty’s Stone, a monument with an inscribed poem on it. Here the view opens wide and you see across for miles of flat Cheshire farmland. It really is a stunning view. There is a crag drop by the view point, nothing too life threatening but be aware with kids.

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This hike is all about finding the elusive Mad Allen’s Hole. A two storey cave that once was inhabited by a heartbroken hermit in the 17th century.

We continue heading along the crag following a GPS co-ordinate from the Geocaching app (get it!). The path has a partial split down to the left over the ridge andwe followed it down through some of the overgrown bracken and brambles until we eventually found our mystery cave.

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A boulder fell into the hole at some point, possibly in the same era as Mad Allen so it’s kind of difficult to spot, but you should be able to see the top of a loose wooden ladder. Using this you can decend down to the bottom (it’s about 3m tall). Use it at your own risk

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Sarah went down followed by the kids slowly whilst I held the ladder. You can see little cubby holes and shelve points in there which is pretty neat and an array of beer cans from the local youth. Jasper couldn’t get down sadly, too big too be carried that dog

After emerging from the hole we headed back towards Kitty’s Stone via another small cove which had skulls carved into the rocks in there, super creepy! At Kitty’s Stone we had a picnic overlooking the awesome view.

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We then decided to go and find Maiden Castle which instead of right to Kitty’s Stone is left along the ridge. This isn’t a castle, it’s the site of an old iron age fort and you can’t really make out much of the site but there is a few nice information points around with some drawings of what it would of looked like.

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We actually ended up coming here twice, I’ve totally forgotten (I should write these trips up quicker!), because we didn’t find Mad Allens hole the first time. You can watch both days out here in our video logs. 🙂

Great walk out with lots of options for however far you want to walk.

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